How Spectrio Eliminated MPLS and Saved Thousands While Improving Quality of Service

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“We saved $7,000 a month moving from an MPLS circuit to the InSpeed Networks solution, which we paid a year ahead.” Cisco Alvarado of Spectrio
Cisco Alvarado on Spectrio's choice to eliminate MPLS:

When software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) first hit the market, industry analysts thought it was the beginning of the end of multiprotocol label switching (MPLS). It hasn’t panned out that way. IT managers may complain about the high cost of MPLS, the glacial provisioning process and the lack of universal availability. Once it’s in place, however, MPLS gives them four 9s availability with relatively low latency, jitter and packet loss. Risk-averse network administrators are loath to do away with it.

As a result, SD-WAN is often layered on top of existing WAN architectures.

SD-WAN makes it easier to manage existing WAN links, and allows organizations to add a secondary failover connection in case of service disruptions or degradations. The secondary connection is typically an inexpensive broadband Internet link, which can also be used to relieve growing bandwidth requirements.

That’s all well and good, but it doesn’t allow these organizations to capitalize on one of the primary benefits of SD-WAN.

The right SD-WAN solution makes it possible to reduce WAN costs dramatically by eliminating expensive MPLS circuits. It also improves Quality of Service (QoS) for latency-sensitive applications, including business voice and video conferencing services.

Here’s what one customer had to say about the InSpeed Quality Service (IQS) SD-WAN solution:

“We saved $7,000 a month moving from an MPLS circuit to the InSpeed Networks solution, which we paid a year ahead. A whole year subscription was minimal compared to what they were charging us [for MPLS]. And you guys have surpassed them. We’re using full bandwidth. Call quality is 100 times better. Even our video conferencing—we use Highfive and we’ve noticed that the Highfive has been clearer…The system knows it’s using UDP packets and you guys are doing whatever it is you do and it’s perfect. I can’t say anything else about it. The system works.”

—Cisco Alvarado from Spectrio

IQS is the only SD-WAN solution that was purpose-built for high-quality business communications. It prioritizes latency-sensitive UDP traffic over regular TCP traffic, both downstream and upstream, so you get crystal-clear voice calls and video conferences over any circuit every time. That makes it better than MPLS, which lacks those advanced traffic shaping capabilities.

Of course, IQS delivers all of the core capabilities of an enterprise-class SD-WAN solution. It ensures high levels of security over Internet connections by establishing a VPN tunnel to the InSpeed Cloud Instance. It enables you to leverage multiple connections in an active-active configuration for greater reliability and resilience. IQS also manages bandwidth utilization from end to end, minimizing buffer bloat and reducing congestion for all applications.

All of this is handled automatically in the InSpeed cloud, creating a self-driving network that’s easy to deploy and manage. You don’t have to worry about complex configurations and policy settings that must be continually updated. It just works.

There’s a lot to be said for sticking with the tried and true, but why pay thousands of dollars a month for MPLS when you really don’t need it? We invite you to test drive InSpeed Quality Service and see how it’s possible to end your reliance on MPLS while gaining higher quality business communications.

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