MPLS Migrations

Regain Visibility into MPLS Networks with Flow-based Monitoring 

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) delivers many benefits, including reduced congestion due to added flow path control, easier creation of VPN tunnels, quality of service and reduced network complexity. However, enterprises are suffering many security repercussions from migrating to MPLS networks, since network traffic no longer has to pass through one central hub. With previous network configurations, IDS technology could be cost-effectively deployed at just the main hubs to provide adequate security, but with MPLS that model becomes cost-prohibitive.

Instead of deploying IDS sensors at each MPLS-enabled site, enterprises considering MPLS migrations should evaluate a more cost-effective method of monitoring traffic. Through the integrated security, network and application performance monitoring provided by Lancope’s StealthWatch, organizations can obtain in-depth visibility into MPLS traffic at a fraction of the cost of conventional monitoring solutions. By analyzing NetFlow, IPFIX and other flow data from existing routers and switches, StealthWatch provides the actionable insight required to efficiently troubleshoot a wide range of issues, not only improving security but also enhancing network performance. In addition to providing in-depth intelligence on the internal network, StealthWatch also integrates the behavioral analysis of data from perimeter devices for even greater contextual awareness.