How to securely remove MPLS from your network.

Businesses with multiple locations have been stringently handcuffed to costly, complex private networks such as MPLS for years. It’s been an unavoidable cost and it’s compounded if you operate in isolated areas throughout Australia.

 Even though MPLS is costly, it’s been extremely effective at securely transporting data around the world for decades. MPLS acts like a private toll road which ensures your information can travel securely from point A to B without crossing paths with anyone else’s information. On the downside, even though it’s a private road, MPLS can still get congested and there are speed limits in place to stop you going too fast. Businesses can increase the speed limit and add more lanes to the tollway but this simply pushes up the price. 

 Regardless, MPLS is fast becoming obsolescent. Many businesses are now utilising cloud applications like Office 365, Salesforce and 1000’s of other cloud delivered applications which can be accessed from any location using an internet connection. This has enabled employers to offer flexible working arrangements because employees can now access these applications from home or remote locations without an MPLS connection.

 There are security risks with this approach as hackers can get between users and unprotected internet connections with a well targeted attack. This is one of the reasons why businesses have been unwilling to completely remove MPLS or private networks when utilising cloud applications. 

Another reason is because the internet can’t provide guarantees around speed or availability. In other words, businesses are hesitant to push all corporate traffic including voice and video solely over an unmanaged internet connection.

 So where does this leave us? 

 Well, some businesses run a combination of networks including MPLS and Internet. Certain applications are delivered over the internet using VPN overlays, and others still use MPLS. This approach works, but it’s obviously tricky – especially when managing a sprawling application set and a conga line of security devices spanning data centres operated by your business and third parties. Business also need to establish various security policies for all the networks they operate.

 Cythera has a different approach which allows business to completely remove MPLS. It’s called Secure Network Fabric and utilises technology from Cato Networks. Secure Network Fabrics utilises intelligent SD-WAN controllers and a carrier grade backhaul network with points of presence across Australia and extending around the world to securely route application traffic. All you need is an internet connection. Secure Network Fabric includes a fully integrated, cloud delivered security stack including Next Generation Firewall (NGFW), Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) and detailed reporting to monitor performance and user behaviour. Secure Network Fabric is also optimised for voice and video and includes support for desktop and mobile users. 

 The Cythera Secure Network Fabric removes the need for an expensive, complicated MPLS networks whilst delivering enterprise-grade, unified security controls and granular network visibility.

 To find out more – visit https://www.cythera.com.au/secure-network-fabric

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