Is it possible to load balance traffic between MPLS cloud and the Internet?

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Apr 18th, 2008
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We have a branch office that used a T1 point-to-point to access resources/servers and Internet access from headquarters. We migrated our 3 branch offices and HQ to an MPLS network. One branch office got its own T1 dedicated Internet access with a T1 MPLS connection to servers at HQ. The above branch office still complains about the time it takes to download and upload records from the HQ. We have a two year contract with the ISP who manages the MPLS network and the dedicated Internet access. Would it be practicle and possible to load balance access to servers between the MPLS router and the DIA router? Load balancing would essentially divide the StreetSmarts and HCSS traffic half through the MPLS router and half through the DIA router.

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mounir.mohamed Sun, 04/20/2008 - 00:38
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Dear Said,

Sorry but i can not get your point, so could you provide more details about your topology.

Best Regards,

Mounir Mohamed

saidfrh Sun, 04/20/2008 - 08:34
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We have a contract for managed MPLS service. The MPLS network connects 4 sites together. One site has a T1 MPLS connection/router and separate T1 Internet/router connection. The traffic on the MPLS connection is high, downloading large files from main office servers takes long time. Is it possible to configure load balancing-balance where we can use some of the packets comming from the Internet T1-thus didtribute the load between the MPLS router and the Internet router to the host requesting large files from the server?

Internet router, T1>firewall>LAN>MPLS router, T1>MPLS cloud/network.


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