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Technology Overview: Making the Technology Case for MPLS and Technology Details

Chapter Description

Azhar Sayeed and Monique Morrow highlight several available technologies for creating services, providing pros and cons for each option and building a case for multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) as a baseline technology for service creation. They also discuss the MPLS technology details.

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MPLS-VPN architecture can be further extended to implement advanced services, such as CsC or Inter-AS. For example, VPN sites might be geographically dispersed, requiring connectivity to different MPLS VPN service providers. That is, the transit between VPN sites might pass through multiple providers' MPLS backbones implying an exchange of VPN routing information between providers and the provider backbones might or might not provide VPN service directly. Figures 3-15 and 3-16 summarize the Inter-AS service problem and available options.

Figure 3-15

Figure 3-15 Inter-AS Service Challenge

Figure 3-16

Figure 3-16 Summary of Inter-AS Options

In the next section, we examine traffic engineering implementations as a service building block for MPLS-based networks.

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