July 28, 2020

Affordable MPLS Alternatives

After decades of use, enterprises are looking for MPLS alternatives. To be considered a viable alternative, a network must match MPLS’ service levels for predictability and consistency, while avoiding its pitfalls of cost, rigidity and capacity constraints.

After decades of use, enterprises are looking for MPLS alternatives. To be considered a viable alternative, a network must match MPLS’ service levels for predictability and consistency, while avoiding its pitfalls of cost, rigidity and capacity constraints. Although often used for WAN connectivity, the public Internet lacks the consistently low packet loss, jitter, and latency levels of MPLS. It can’t provide a predictable user experience for latency- and loss sensitive applications, such as Voice-over-IP (VoiP) and virtual desktops, particularly across global connections.

Affordable MPLS alternatives must enable an agile WAN, a consistent application experience on a global scale, and be delivered at a reasonable price. Deploying new sites, expanding capacity and gaining full control over network traffic, must be easier than with MPLS.

"Monthly costs dropped 25% and yet we still received 10x more bandwidth."
Willem-Jan Herckenrath, Manager ICT

Cloud-based MPLS Alternativewith built-in Global Backbone and Network Security

ICG Asia’s cloud-based SD-WAN enables customers to augment and ultimately replace MPLS. Unlike Edge SD-WAN solutions that have a limited scope and persist the need for MPLS, ICG Asia removes the dependency on MPLS. ICG Asia further extends WAN transformation to eliminate branch security appliances, and natively support cloud applications and mobile users. With ICG Asia, customers can maximize the benefits of transforming their WAN to reduce the cost, complexity, and risks of their IT infrastructure.

Edge SD-WAN Challenges

The Solution: Cloud-based SD-WAN

Edge SD-WAN architectures enable organizations to use multiple transports (MPLS and Internet) in branch locations, for WAN connectivity. However, they persist the dependency on MPLS for predictable delivery of latency- and loss-sensitive applications.

ICG Asia provides a cloud-based SD-WAN with a built-in global backbone with integrated network security, delivered as a cloud service. With over 30 PoPs worldwide and interconnected with tier-1 global IP transit providers, ICG Asia provides consistent and predictable global connectivity at an affordable price.

SLA-backed Transport

Persists the reliance on MPLS

Edge SD-WAN integrates Internet transport into an MPLS WAN. However, since the Internet can’t provide consistent and predictable latency on a global scale, MPLS is required for latency- and loss sensitive applications.

Full MPLS replacement

ICG Asia has built a global, SLA-backed backbone that runs an integrated networking and security software stack. ICG Asia's PoPs are fully meshed over multiple tier-1 IP transit providers with SLA-backed latency and packet loss. With ICG Asia, customers can use high-quality, Internet last mile and ICG Asia SD-WAN to replace MPLS.

Integrated Network Security

Complex and costly security integration

Edge SD-WAN solutions enable the use of Internet links for WAN transport and can provide direct Internet access at the branch. However, they do not include a full network security stack and require customers to either deploy additional security solutions at every location, backhaul traffic to a datacenter, or use cloud-based security services.

Built-in network security

ICG Asia provides a full network security stack, including a next generation firewall, secure web gateway, anti-malware and IPS built into the SLA-backed backbone. There is no need to deploy branch security appliances, backhaul traffic, or introduce new security services. All policies are managed within ICG Asia’s management application.

Supported Edges

Limited support for cloud infrastructure and mobile users

Edge SD-WAN solutions were designed with physical locations in mind. Typical WAN architectures treat cloud datacenters and mobile users as an afterthought.

Seamless support for physical, cloud and mobile resources

ICG Asia's SD-WAN was built to connect all enterprise network elements including physical locations, cloud infrastructure, and mobile users. With ICG Asia, SD-WAN and network security is available globally and for traffic from all sources.

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