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SD-WAN vs. MPLS
What's the difference?
Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
MPLS provides a secure, all private transport with Quality of Service (QoS) and defined rules for traffic prioritization. MPLS is a proven technology that has been around for decades so many businesses are comfortable using what they know. However, MPLS is expensive, especially to add redundancies.
Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)
Broadband SD-WAN uses intelligent routing. If a circuit drops, it is configured to dynamically route applications across other circuits, prioritizing the most important traffic. This solution is quick to deploy and easily scales. Plus, with SD-WAN you can avoid expensive FUSC taxes that come with MPLS.
Hybrid SD-WAN Model
A Hybrid SD-WAN model uses both MPLS and SD-WAN to connect your network. Prioritize your mission critical traffic using a secure, MPLS network with QoS. Then route traffic destined for the internet via a less expensive SD-WAN broadband circuit. This model provides redundancy and is more efficient for moving traffic to the cloud.
Download our infographic to learn how the three compare when it comes to network topology, security, redundancy, scalability, deployment, cost, connectivity and traffic routing.