September 17, 2014  |  Uncategorized

On the latest segment of Rothman Tech-Tips (#RTT), I interviewed Bana Qashu of Cbeyond, Inc., a Technology Ally for small and mid-sized businesses based out of Atlanta, GA.

Bana and I discussed MPLS, which stands for Multiprotocol Label Switching, and is the measurement of the bit-rate of available data resources expressed in bits per minute.  In layman’s terms, this has to do with your organization’s bandwidth, since it delivers data from one network location to another via a secure, optimized method.

Bana broke down the benefits of MPLS into 5 categories:

  1. Traffic Prioritization – You can prioritize what applications or services are critical to your business, such as VOIP, for example, which is going to get priority on YouTube.
  2. Security – You’re in your own private bandwidth cloud with an MPLS connection.
  3. Different Providers – Different service providers offer a MPLS specific router enabling a direct connection to your office network.
  4. Customizable Cloud – You get a customized cloud of bandwidth, such as the hub and spoke model or a fully meshed network.
  5. Capital Expenditure – It’s not as costly as a point-to-point connection and has low  installation fees.

For more information on MPLS please free to email Bana at

For the#idontcook portion of this vlog, I asked Bana for her favorite restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, VA.  Bana lives in Alexandria and Old Town is such a cool area that I don’t visit nearly enough.  Bana mentioned Vermilion Restaurant, a modern, American farm-to-table restaurant that was selected as one of Washingtonian magazine’s 100 best restaurants in 2013.  When I asked Bana to give me her favorite menu item at Vermilion, she hemmed and hawed, and finally said she liked the steak.  Since steak is one of my favorite meals, I will be visiting Vermilion in Old Town sometime soon!


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