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MPLS - Carrier & Managed/Unmanaged

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Hello Experts -

Our current WAN environment consists of several branch locations connecting to our corporate NOC via VPN.  Since our contract with the T-1 carrier will expire in July, I am embarking on a voyage to determine whether or not MPLS is right for us.  And if so, should it be managed, or unmanaged.  Please see the following points:

- Control > I will be hiring a Cisco expert who can manage and maintain a complete Cisco infrastructure.  We are actively concerned about controlling how the security is configured in our Cisco infrastructure.
- Carrier > We need to determine who the best carrier is for our application where VOIP and data need to be handled in an efficient manner.
- Managed or unmanaged > I guess this is a part of the "control" issue.

Any input and current/previous experience would be helpful.
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