MPLS Short Course

Courses: MPLS (Technology, QoS, Traffic Engineering, Applications)
  • Course:MPLS Short Course
  • Course ID:MPLS1D Duration:1 day 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

  • Fundamentals of MPLS
    • Pre-MPLS protocols
    • Evolution of MPLS
    • Basic concepts and definition of MPLS
    • Switching versus routing
  • Benefits of MPLS
    • The use of One Unified Network Infrastructure
    • BGP free core
    • Peer-to-Peer VPN model versus Overlay VPN Model
    • Optimal traffic flow
  • Basics of MPLS Architecture and Operation
    • Label switching
    • Introducing MPLS labels
    • MPLS and OSI reference model
    • MPLS nodes
      • Label Edge Router (LER)
      • Label Switch Router (LSR)
      • Customer Edge (CE)
      • Customer (C)
    • Label Switched Path (LSP)
    • MPLS operation
    • Quality of Service (QoS) and MPLS
  • Overview of MPLS Services
    • MPLS VPNs
    • VPLS
    • Pseudowire
  • Deploying MPLS: Migration and Implementation Issues
  • MPLS and Emerging Technologies
  • Conclusion: Recap, Q/A, and Evaluation


Course Overview

Course in a Nutshell

This course provides a high-level overview of Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), a central element of next generation networks. MPLS offers an IP-compatible, QoS-capable infrastructure that makes possible the convergence of voice, IP, ATM, Ethernet, and Frame Relay onto the same backbone network. MPLS provides the ability to combine the intelligence and scalability of routing with the reliability and manageability of traditional carrier networks. MPLS is the key to scalable virtual private networks (VPNs) and end-to-end quality of service (QoS).


Customize It!

We will customize this course to your specific needs by adding or omitting topics included, 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

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the developments that led to MPLS
  • Explain the underlying concepts of MPLS
  • List the benefits of MPLS
  • Describe the basic architecture of MPLS
  • Describe the operation of MPLS
  • Describe the major MPLS services
  • Describe the key emerging technologies vis-a-vis MPLS


Audience / Prerequisites

Aimed At

Managers and less technical professionals who need a high-level overview of MPLS.



Some prior familiarity with data networking concepts and IP.