MPLS Applications

Courses: MPLS (Technology, QoS, Traffic Engineering, Applications)
  • Course:MPLS Applications
  • Course ID:MPLSEA Duration:2-3 days Where: Your Office (7+ Persons)
  • Available as a private, customized course for your group at your offices or ours and in some cases as a WebLive(TM) class.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Why MPLS
    • Players involved with the MPLS specs
    • Basic MPLS framework
    • Today’s MPLS applications
  • Understanding Networks and MPLS in Terms of Planes
    • Control plane
    • Data plane
    • Management plane
  • Generalized MPLS (GMPLS)
    • MPλS
    • Switching in time, wavelength, and space
    • GMPLS as a control plane of Wavelength-Switched Optical Network (WSON)
    • Layer 3:  BGP-based
    • Layer 2:  Point-to-point
    • Layer 2:  Multipoint
    • Layer 1 circuit emulation
  • MPLS Traffic Engineering
    • Need for traffic engineering on Internet and other IP-based networks
    • TE Parameters
    • Unequal cost load balancing via metric manipulation
    • Advantages of MPLS traffic engineering
    • Basic concepts of MPLS traffic engineering
    • MPLS traffic engineering elements (dynamic/static LSPs)
    • MPLS traffic engineering configuration
    • Resource Reservation Protocol for Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE)
    • QoS and MPLS
  • Multicast L2/L3
    • Mcast backbone requirements
    • P2MP LSPs
    • P2MP PW
    • BGP P2MP
    • mVPN
  • Inter-AS/CSC
    • Inter-carrier requirements
    • MPLS-ICI
    • Multi-segment PW
  • Circuit Emulation
    • SAToP
    • CESoPSN
    • TDMoIP
    • CEM
  • Hierarchical LSP’s
    • Route aggregation and H-LDP
    • Hierarchical resource reservation
  • MPLS Resilience and OAM
    • Node/network level recovery
    • LSP/PW ping/traceroute
    • VCCV
    • PW redundancy
    • MC-LAC
    • MPLS/Ethernet OAM interworking
  • MPLS and Advanced/Emerging Technologies
    • Fixing the problems of SONET
    • Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) and Automatic Switched Optical Network (ASON)
    • Separation of connectivity and services: Next Generation Network (NGN)
    • Getting rid of SONET: MPLS and Optical Transport Network (OTN)
    • MPLS and emerging very high speed Ethernet (>100 Mb/s)
    • New architectures for layer 2 functionality
    • Virtualization and Software Defined Networking (SDN)
    • Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and MPLS
  • Conclusion: Recap, Q/A, and Evaluation


Course Overview

Course in a Nutshell

In this course, following a high-level review of the basics of MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching), we will undertake an in-depth study of some of the  more advanced or emerging functionality including  circuit emulation, Multicast applications, scalability enhancements, and OAM features. The topics/features to be covered are updated each time the course is taught to keep up with the technology evolution and to include topics of special interest to a given client.


Customize It!

We will customize this course to your specific needs by adding or omitting topics, increasing or decreasing the level of detail, or making other changes as requested. Those who need a detailed technical treatment of the subject should consider our longer MPLS course listed under Related Courses.


Learn How To

  • Summarize the key capabilities and features of MPLS
  • Describe the basic architecture of MPLS
  • Explain the operation of MPLS
  • List the newer features of MPLS
  • Describe the major MPLS services and applications
Audience / Prerequisites

Aimed At

Technical professionals, including those who plan for, design, or  implement MPLS networks or applications, who need an in-depth understanding of MPLS’s capabilities and future direction.



You should be familiar with data networking concepts and TCP/IP and have some prior exposure to MPLS.   An understanding of Frame Relay, ATM, and TDM will also be helpful.


  • “Robin is an excellent instructor. She kept everyone involved. Great personal energy. Very Interactive with the class. Great use of white board. Excellent handbook ... good color graphics. The course was very understandable; it had something for everyone from novice to expert." – KS, International Communications and Information Technology Company