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Ultimate MPLS Network Alternative

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1 WHITE PAPER WHITE PAPER THE ULTIMATE MPLS NETWORK ALTERNATIVE Cloud Service Providers are the biggest telcos in the world. Period. No MPLS network can ever even come close to beating their link quality, number of points of presence, and available throughput capacity. In this document we discuss the emerging trend of enterprise leveraging CSP backbones as the ultimate alternative to an MPLS network. Challenges with MPLS Networks MPLS has been around for more than 20 years, and it had a great track record with many enterprise customers. These networks would always provide stable, low-latency, high- quality links to interconnect multiple locations (DCs, branches, partner sites). That approach was the optimal way of interconnecting, especially when all the resources were spread across various physical locations and the traffic patterns were mostly East-West between these points. For the past 10 years there have been no real improvements in the MPLS protocol itself, and MPLS was not designed with SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and the Public Clouds in mind. The enterprise migration to public cloud has created new requirements and network traffic patterns causing those enterprises to evaluate alternatives to MPLS networks. The Explosion of Cloud – It's Only the Very Beginning Cloud service providers have been at this for nearly a decade and enterprise have talked about a move to cloud for half of that time, but the move to the cloud has only just begun. Business transformation is driving what will be the most significant architectural shift in computing since the shift from mainframes to client-server and Internet architecture. As the businesses, big and small, retire their data centers and moving their critical resources into the Cloud, the center of IT gravity is moving to the cloud. Your enterprise may be still at the beginning of this transition or maybe you are already fully in the cloud. In either case, you now have alternatives that will allow you to leverage the cloud to rearchitect your entire approach to network connectivity. A Decade of Building Infrastructure Amazon Web Services (AWS) The AWS Global Infrastructure is built for performance. AWS Regions offer low latency, low packet loss, and high overall network quality. This is achieved with a fully redundant 100 GbE fiber network backbone, often providing many terabits of capacity between Regions. AWS Local Zones and AWS Wavelength, with their telco providers, provide performance for applications that require single-digit millisecond latencies by delivering AWS infrastructure and services closer to end-users and 5G connected devices. Whatever your application needs, you can quickly spin up resources as you need them, deploying hundreds or even thousands of servers in minutes. Learn More Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Within the connect pillar, Google made several advancements in their hybrid connectivity portfolio. With High Availability (HA) VPN, enterprises can connect their on-premises deployment to a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) VPC with an industry-leading SLA of 99.99% by creating redundant VPNs. 100 Gbps Dedicated Interconnect enables and accelerates bandwidth-heavy applications with 10X the circuit bandwidth for your hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. Learn More Microsoft Azure Customer traffic enters the Azure global network through strategically placed Microsoft edge nodes or points of presence. These edge nodes are directly interconnected to more than 2,500 unique Internet partners through thousands of connections in more than 130 locations. Azure's interconnection strategy optimizes the paths that data travels on the global network. Customers get a better network experience with less latency, jitter, and packet loss with more throughput. Direct interconnections give customers better quality of service compared to transit links, because there are fewer hops, fewer parties, and better networking paths. Learn More Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) The OCI backbone was designed to enable customer workloads by providing a high performance, reliable and scalable transport. The backbone is a dedicated, secure network for interconnecting Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions in diverse geographic locations. The backbone network provides privately routed inter- region connectivity with consistent inter-region performance for bandwidth, latency, and jitter when compared to the public Internet. This enables enterprise workloads that typically don't work well over the internet, including disaster recovery, real-time replication, clustering, and other scenarios. Learn More

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