MPLS VPN is an abbreviation you should really look into one of these days – especially if you are a business owner or if your boss listens to you. While virtual private networks have been around for quite some time, most of them still use IPSec protocol, which has serious security issues. It was a dominating standard early on, but today, business owners have an alternative in MPLS VPN.
So what’s the big deal?
When we hear about Internet security, the first thing most people think is personal security: protection of personal data, accounts, and privacy in general. And, as we all know, the Internet makes the boundaries of privacy extremely vague. Some people seem to be preoccupied with nothing else but finding new ways of using technology to steal personal data – for example, Insecam, a website about which the Inquisitr wrote last autumn:
“Insecam has been discovered streaming footage from over 73,000 cameras around the world, including 11,000 in the U.S. alone. The site claims to be making a statement about webcams, and the fact that so many owners fail to change their default passwords”.
With it being so easy to break into someone else’s data, it is no wonder business organizations are looking for ways of separating their networks from the Internet altogether, creating their own Virtual Private Networks where they can exchange data in relative safety. After all, businesses require a completely different level of security, because failure to protect themselves results not in Fappening-like silliness, but in loss of millions and billions of dollars.
In this respect, MPLS is probably a more reasonable decision than an IPSec VPN, for the latter still runs across the public Internet, and although security is achieved by means of encryption, it is still vulnerable. According to NetUnion, which approach to select should be based on the type of business you run, but in the end MPLS VPN is still going to prevail.
“For the majority of corporate networks, MPLS (or VPLS) will ultimately form the connectivity to support your business requirements. There is a reason why MPLS networks have grown to the extent they have over the past decade. In the main, a private based network without the added complexity of IPSec with the ability to deliver SLA’s on the performance of applications is compelling”.
Thus, over the last few years we’ve seen how MPLS VPN was slowly but steadily gaining ground – and it is likely to continue in future.
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