MPLS network employed to keep US post moving
The US Postal Service has an enormous task to achieve, delivering millions of pieces of mail every day. In order to keep things moving, the service has opted to employ a converged internet protocol communications network based on MPLS.
With more than 550,000 employees needing to be kept up-to-date and 584 million pieces of mail to be distributed every day, the service needs to use technology that is up to the task. With MPLS, it should have a network that not only supports its needs today, but will also provide a foundation for the installation of future technologies.
But there are also 31,000 postal service locations and a need to get mail out to more than 150 million addresses each day, so the network will face a formidable task in providing an efficient and cost-effective means of storing and distributing data and documents and conducting point of sale operations. It will also help to support the hundreds of thousands of hits received by the Postal Service website on a daily basis.
However, the benefits of such an MPLS network are not confined to large scale industries. Businesses closer to home in the UK could find that their company benefits from installing a similar system in order to keep on top of growing enterprise demands.
The network can provide a strong backbone for a communications infrastructure, ensuring that different office locations have a reliable and secure means of staying in touch and transferring data without having to worry about bandwidth limitations of commercial networks.