Imagine the scenario which many organisations are facing. You are running a Frame Relay networks and whilst this has been a traditional and trusted way to run traffic across a WAN you are now looking towards MPLS. MPLS will allow your network to increase its bandwidth to support new bandwidth hungry applications. Say you are rolling out a new application and want to guarantee the performance for the deployment while thinking of VoIP at some point in the near future.
Your telecom operator has suggested deploying its new MPLS network, for which they make the benefits very clear: “any-to-any” connectivity, VoIP compatible, Classes of Service (CoS), low cost…
These are the questions that should be asked:
- How to manage your traffic matrix over a more open network?
- Is CoS necessary? If so, how will you define the parameters?
- Will voice and data be able to coexist on the network?
- How can you be sure of what will happen when you go lie to this service and what kind of long-term financial gains can you expect?
The answers will allow you to know how your applications and budget will be managed.