Local Access is the physical circuit that connects a customer site to the service provider’s Node/POP, and therefore the physical connectivity between the service provider’s edge (PE) router and the customer edge (CE) router. A local in-country telecommunications company, not the service provider, usually directly provides this. This is especially true for global service providers.
This means the cost of the Local Access circuits are passed through to the customer from the service provider and usually not discountable. Local Access is by far the most expensive part of any MPLS network. It represents 40-60% of the total cost. A solid Local Access strategy will include the use of broadband and Ethernet Local Access technologies or anything other than TDM (T1, E1, DS3, E3, etc.) and will significantly reduce your monthly MPLS WAN spend.
Class of Service is expensive and normally charged on a site-by-site basis. It is common to have a voice class, video class and a few data classes. It is important to understand that Class of Service is a congestion management tool that only addresses congestion within the service provider’s backbone network. This means it only deals with congestion between the service provider’s edge (PE) and core (P) routers. It does not deal with congestion on the customer Local Access circuits. In other words, between the service provider’s edge router (PE) and the customer edge router (CE). Therefore, in order for Class of Service to provide benefit to the customer, the service provider’s backbone network must be in a state of congestion.
Without congestion there is no Class of Service. This is a result of how routers determine that congestion exists at any given moment. If the service provider’s core backbone network is congested, you should be looking for another provider. If the service provider’s network is not congested, you should not be investing in a Multi-Class MPLS service. Moving to a Uni-Class or pure Public IP network will significantly reduce your monthly MPLS WAN spend.
Service Level Agreements are intended to drive good behavior from the service provider. They are meant to cause the service provider to suffer, financially speaking, when things go wrong and force the service provider to dedicate all of their resources on fixing your issue rather than paying the penalty.
They rarely, if ever, meet this mark as the broader organizations within the service provider knows nothing about any given customers specific Service Level Agreements. The sales teams add the financial risks back into the customer contract financials, resulting in the customer paying themselves back with their own money. The validation tools used by the service provider does not measure actual customer traffic. As a result, SLAs rarely achieve their intended purpose. Eliminating SLAs will significantly reduce your monthly MPLS WAN spend.
DMIS are highly experienced at reducing networking costs. We leverage proven local access and congestion management strategies along with clever technologies to drive down bandwidth costs and reduce costly waste.
MPLS is slow. In fact, it's slower than the predominant technology it replaced years ago, namely Frame Relay. By eliminating MPLS from the network, your users will enjoy a very noticeable increase in application performance, and your costs will go down.
DMIS prioritizes and secures business critical and user sensitive applications, such as CRM, ERP, Cloud, and Voice/Video traffic, while still delivering a great user experience on less critical traffic, such as internet and email, at a fraction of the cost of MPLS.
WAN Optimization is the process of reducing and prioritizing applications across a network allowing you to pass more traffic, and controlling specific traffic, across less bandwidth. It allows you to buy less bandwidth but deliver more throughput.
Access bonding is the process of combining multiple inexpensive access circuits, such as various broadband services, into one larger useable group of less expensive bandwidth. It allows you to lower your costs while increasing your bandwidth.
The public internet leverages the same local and global backbone networks as MPLS, but costs much less and offers many more access options. It is highly reliable, fast, and can be installed in days vs. months with MPLS. This allows you to lower cost and deliver sooner.