MPLS-Based VPNs : Designing Advanced Virtual Networks

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MPLS, Multi Protocol Label Switching, is a suite of protocols that will give IP-based networks the same service guarantees as circuit switched networks (aka the traditional phone system). This is especially crucial in VPNs which require controllable efficient tunnels through which proprietary network traffic travels. Cisco is one of the biggest proponents of MPLS and this book is written by two Cisco engineers. The greatest value of this book will be in the detailed configuration examples provided by the authors.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 183.4 x 240.8 x 29.7mm | 870.91g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • w. figs.
  • 0130282251
  • 9780130282255

Table of contents

Acknowledgments. 1. About This Book. Introduction. Integrating Switching and Routing. Advantages of BGP/MPLS VPNs. Who Should Read This Book.2. Label Switching Alternatives. Overlay Models. Integration Models.3. MPLS Architecture and Operation. Simplicity of Operation-Labels. Decoupling Control and Forwarding. Forwarding Equivalency Classes (FECs) and Label Imposition. MPLS Architecture Examples. Label Encapsulation. Labels and Label Distribution Methods.4. Introduction to Virtual Private Networks. It's All about Connectivity. A Taxonomy of VPNs. Overlay Model-Layer 2 VPNs. The Peer Model-Layer 3 VPNs.5. Components of MPLS VPNs. Introduction to the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP-4). Why Use Multiprotocol BGP-4 for MPLS VPNs?6. Details of MPLS VPNs. Definition of BGP/MPLS VPNs. Terminology. Route Distribution. Topologies. Scalability. Carrier's Carrier (CsC).7. MPLS VPN Applications. Enterprise VPN Services. ADSL VPNs. Cable Access VPNs. Mobile Wireless VPNs. Dial Access IP VPNs.Appendix A: LDP Protocol Structure-Examples. Glossary. Notes. Index.
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About Peter Tomsu

PETER TOMSU, Ph.D., Senior Consulting Engineer at Cisco Systems, has worked with Cisco since 1996. He is involved in numerous network designs-for service provider backbones to large enterprise backbones-and is significantly driving new technologies during their definition, development, introduction, and final deployment phases. For many years, Tomsu has been a requested speaker at international conferences in the United States and worldwide. He is the co-author of Next Generation Optical Networking (Prentice Hall PTR).GERHARD WEISER, M.A. leads a team of Systems Engineers at Cisco Systems. He has been with the company since 1998. He works primarily on the design and deployment of large service provider backbones and access networks. As a speaker for technical tutorials throughout Europe, he frequently shares his practical experience. He received his Masters Degree from the Fachhochschule Technikum Wien in Vienna, Austria.
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