IRG delivers next-generation broadband-powered applications and services to retailers and other multi-site organizations across North America.
BETHESDA, MD, April 24, 2013 – Industry Retail Group, Inc. (IRG), a leading provider of retail-centric broadband-based applications and services, recently hosted a round-table discussion with retail leaders and offered their insights into why multi-site retail chains are gravitating toward IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) networks and away from MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) networks. IRG offers both network topologies and will design, implement, and manage either, depending on the customer’s specific needs.
MPLS can be delivered over broadband services like Ethernet, T1 or DSL connection, and is used to create private Layer 3 networks to efficiently implement flow control, traffic shaping, or queuing in support of differential service on the network. Gabriel Martinez, IRG’s Chief Technology Officer stated, “Both MPLS and IPSec have inherent strengths. As retailers set out to change the in-store customer experience, the demand on the communication infrastructure to support feature-rich applications changes as well. Thus, costly T1 access no longer satisfies the need for speed and performance. With the exploding prevalence of super-high-speed and low-cost access technologies, that bottleneck is removed. Customers now have a tremendous amount of flexibility and portability with other topologies that can take better advantage of this new wave of network enablers, such as IPSec VPNs.”