With the growth of software-defined networking solutions, it might be tempting to toll the death knell for Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). But that would be a mistake.

It’s easy to understand the attraction of the latest network innovations promised by SD-WAN. As more applications move to the cloud and the number of applications used to run the business multiplies, increased bandwidth becomes more important. While MPLS is a proven technology for creating reliable, secure, private networks, it is not always the best option for greatly expanding bandwidth with a limited budget. On the other hand, SD-WAN promises to make it easier and more cost-effective to add and manage low cost bandwidth via integrating broadband into the WAN. Businesses are caught in the middle trying to decide how to take advantage of the latest technology and wanting to make the most of their existing IT investments, all while ensuring security across the enterprise.

The good news is that it isn’t necessary to sacrifice one for the other. A hybrid model that layers SD-WAN over the top of MPLS integrated with low-cost broadband is the perfect solution that enables enterprises to combine the best of both technologies. While MPLS provides a predictable, reliable backbone, SD-WAN augments the existing WAN and can help reduce operational costs by consolidating network management and leveraging more cost-effective broadband capabilities.

Perhaps the most important part of the equation is choosing the right provider for your MPLS solution—one who can see the big picture and is able to create a comprehensive solution that meets your goals. At CenturyLink, we understand the complexities and nuances of implementing an effective hybrid network. We have put together a guide, “Choosing the Right MPLS Solution: How to Make the Best Choice for Your Business,” to address the common issues enterprises face when deciding what steps to take and selecting the right vendor to help them on this journey.

Don’t let the bell toll on your MPLS network. Download our guide today to learn more about how to move your network to the next level.

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