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Definition - What does MPLS VPN mean?

MPLS VPN is a type of VPN infrastructure that utilizes multiprotocol label switching techniques to deliver its services.

It is a suite of different MPLS-based VPN technologies that provide the ability to utilize multiple different protocols and technologies for creating and managing communications in a VPN environment.

Techopedia explains MPLS VPN

MPLS VPN can be used to create:

  • Site-to-site VPN
  • Layer 2 VPN
  • Layer 3 VPN
  • Virtual private LAN

Using MPLS VPN, each of these different VPNs can operate regardless of the back-end technology they are using. MPLS VPNs are generally used by VPN service providers or ISPs that leverage multiple networking technologies to deliver VPN services. This enables MPLS VPN to send any IP packets on customer-end routers as it would take within a point-to-point connection.

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