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    Level 3 MPLS - Feedback needed

    Has anyone had experience using Level 3's MPLS platform? Specifically, does the quality merit the costs?

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    Any guidance on pricing for say, a 60M commit?

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    Hello.

    Could someone point my in the direction to explaining what an MPLS network is, I have a rough idea, looking for more information so i have a better understanding.

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    Because of the addition of another layer of identifaction to packets, in the form of labels, MPLS allows for network operators to impose class of service based on traffic type. The main benefit in the world of IP is that you're really allowing for QOS, and therefore the ability to create true network based IP VPNs. An additional benefit of MPLS over IP is that you're not dealing with the overhead associated with ATM or Frame and the fact that ATM can't differentiate between Classes as IP can. A good resource for this is http://www.mplsrc.com/

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    Originally posted by satorinet
    Because of the addition of another layer of identifaction to packets, in the form of labels, MPLS allows for network operators to impose class of service based on traffic type. The main benefit in the world of IP is that you're really allowing for QOS, and therefore the ability to create true network based IP VPNs. An additional benefit of MPLS over IP is that you're not dealing with the overhead associated with ATM or Frame and the fact that ATM can't differentiate between Classes as IP can. A good resource for this is http://www.mplsrc.com/
    What exactly do YOU want to accomplish with MPLS? What application of MPLS are YOU looking for from L3. How many sites do you want L3 to interconnect? You threw out a number "60mb commit" commit where? between what? On what? Can not help without knowing what is it you really want MPLS to do for you.

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    3 sites. All on net for LVLT. To potentially replace a private line infrastructure to manage IP between sites.

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    Originally posted by satorinet
    3 sites. All on net for LVLT. To potentially replace a private line infrastructure to manage IP between sites.
    When MPLS blows up, it blows up in the most spectacular way...
    Why not just do GRE or IPSEC tunnels?
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    Thanks to all those who replied, both on and off-list. General concensus is that it is an over priced service.

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    It sounds like a service for a corporate organisation.

    If you're big enough and have the money to make someone else take the VPN problem out of your hands, have an SLA and someone to phone up and resolve problems, then it sounds like a service you might want.

    Otherwise you can implement your own solution to achieve the same things for less spend.
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