Tips for Building Shared Networks

The top 10 vital ingredients used to build and run networks.

 By Enterprise Networking Planet Staff | Posted Aug 23, 2011
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Building a network that can be shared across public sector organizations brings its own challenges. This Guardian Government Computing article looks at the top 10 vital ingredients used to build and run these networks based on the experience of MLL Telecom.


"MPLS for Privacy: The entire premise of a shared network is that all the traffic will be running over the same infrastructure. But to make that work from a security perspective you will need to segment each user group so they can't see each others traffic. These are usually known as VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). Some physical locations may need several VPNs delivered to the same site to segment different internal user groups, such as public and staff users in a library. There are a number of ways of providing this privacy, all going under the name of VPNs. One way is to encrypt the traffic using a technology such as IPSec. An alternative is to create logically separate Ethernet (or Layer 2) networks. The third approach, and the one we'd recommend, is to use a technology called MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) which is implemented on certain types of routers."

Read the Full "Top 10 ingredients for building shared networks" Story at Guardian.co.uk

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