How immersive technologies will reshape networks

In the late 1990s and early 2000s when it became too difficult for large companies to manage their own WAN footprints, they adopted managed multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) services. These offered a simple connection at every location and offloaded the complexities of building large-scale routed networks from enterprises to the service provider.

The advent of cloud computing, however, changed the dynamics of MPLS forever. Enterprises not only needed ubiquitous site-to-site connectivity, but also required better performance from the network to support Software as a Service-based business applications hosted in third-party data centers. In addition, video was becoming a standard mode of communication for corporate meeting and training applications, boosting the need for more bandwidth across the network.

Customers started to demand much better performance from their MPLS providers, including faster connections to cloud services.

These days, most large Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers like Microsoft,, etc., have expanded their networks and established peering at major colocation sites like Equinix, to provide better performance to enterprise customers.

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