Posts Tagged ‘Wide Area Network’

Demystifying MPLS Pricing – Part 1: The Local Loop

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

During our recent “Making the Transition to MPLS” webinar, an attendee commented on how complicated comparing MPLS pricing across carriers can be.  It’s a concern we’ve heard before, and we wanted to devote a few posts to the subject.  We’ll start by explaining the basic parts of every MPLS quote.

MPLS Local Loops:
Local Loops are the  connections between any location and the nearest providers Point of Presence (POP).  Also commonly refereed to as the “last mile”, local loops costs generally depend upon distance.  For locations within the US,  your last mile provider is likely AT&T, Verizon or Qwest. These providers are collectively refereed to as Local Exchange Carriers (LECs).  For a small percentage of locations, the last mile provider may be a smaller company  like Embarq or Windstream. These Independent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) typically operate in smaller regional markets.

Branch Offices and MPLS Network Design

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Network World published this excellent piece on managing the changing IT landscape at branch offices. With the economy pressing companies to be more efficient than ever, this is a theme we’ve heard from our clients as well.

The trend towards centralized infrastructure at Headquarters or Data Center locations has meant an increasing reliance on web apps and collaboration tools at the branch offices.  In an environment like this, network performance becomes increasingly critical and sensitive.