Wondering if an MPLS network is right for your credit union? It’s important to look at both the pros and cons. Overall we have found that the pros far outweigh the cons, so let’s begin with the positive impacts of an MPLS network.
- It gives your network endless scalability. If you are a growing business, financial institution, or credit union, and you are adding locations, MPLS is the right decision for you. It allows you to add additional sites with minimum architectural changes. Every time you add a new location, you are deploying one network device and making almost no changes to the rest of your network.
- An MPLS network gives you far better network resiliency and uptime. In traditional point-to-point networks, if anything goes down between Point A and Point B, you lose connectivity between your two sites. With an MPLS network, as long as each location can reach the carrier’s MPLS cloud, it will route around problems, giving you a much stronger uptime.
- Simplicity. The network is self-healing and requires very little management once it is set up.
- If you use an MPLS network, you have put a carrier playing a major role in your network. That means that, depending on how you define your routing (especially if you use static routes), you are going to have to communicate those with your carrier. As we all know, carriers are very “fun” to work with… The good news here, however, is that once you set all of this up, you rarely have to make changes.
- If you want to practically manage an MPLS network, you will generally need an intermediate network resource to do this, or a partner who will help you with it depending on your current staffing levels.
As we see it, the pros of an MPLS network overwhelm the cons. Regardless of whether or not you agree, you can now make a more informed decision about whether or not an MPLS network is right for your business.