MPLS and Label Switching Networks (2nd Edition)

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MPLS and Label-Switching Networks, Second Edition is the authoritative resource for planning, implementing, and succeeding with MPLS technologies. Renowned consultant Uyless Black illuminates the final, official MPLS standard through practical examples and detailed diagrams, offering detailed guidance on maximizing network reliability, utilization, and performance. Black covers MPLS in ATM, frame relay, IPv4, IPv6, and VPN environments; RSVP-TE and CR-LDP traffic engineering; QoS; and even the new GMPLS standard for optical networks.

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Because of its ability to significantly reduce the load placed on routers as they direct data packets to their destinations, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) has great potential as the Internet--as well as the private wide area networks (WANs) for which it was originally designed--continues to expand. MPLS and Label Switching Networks takes an implementation-neutral approach to explaining MPLS and its applications, enabling readers to better evaluate and interact with MPLS-enabled products. Author Uyless Black--known and generally respected for his work on IP networks and the transmission of voice over them--assumes that you have a working knowledge of IP and WAN concepts, but no particular familiarity with MPLS.

The approach in this book, while not completely academic, tends toward straightforward documentation of parts and behaviors. In a typical section, Black explains Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) by documenting the bit structure of LDP messages, and then listing and commenting on their possible functional contents. Line drawings help clarify the text, but this is, by and large, a book for people who like to learn by reading. Footnotes that reference RFCs and other documents add to the scholarly tone. You might also consider reading Jim Guichard's MPLS and VPN Architectures for a more Cisco-oriented approach and MPLS: Technology and Applications by Bruce Davie and Yakov Rekhter for another platform-neutral take on the subject. --David Wall

Topics covered: The operation and application of Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS). After arguing for the technology's applicability to a variety of networking problems, the book shows how MPLS fits into the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model. It then gets into details, including message contents, label distribution via Label Distribution Protocol (LDP), and MPLS as applied to ATM and Frame Relay networks.

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The authoritative, practical introduction to the final MPLS standard!

  • Fully updated to cover the final, official MPLS standard
  • Presents detailed enterprise and service provider example scenarios
  • Includes up-to-the-minute coverage of QoS and MPLS-based VPNs
  • Introduces the new Generalized MPLS and RSVP-TE protocols

MPLS will be at the heart of tomorrow's flexible, manageable, and cost-effective networks. MPLS and Label Switching Networks, Second Edition is the authoritative resource you need to understand MPLS technologies-and implement them for competitive advantage. Renowned communications consultant Uyless Black illuminates the final MPLS standard through practical examples and detailed diagrams, offering start-to-finish guidance on using MPLS to maximize network reliability, utilization, and performance. Coverage includes:

  • Integrating MPLS into ATM and Frame Relay networks-and both IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  • Traffic engineering-including RSVP-TE and CR-LDP
  • Building more resilient service provider and ISP backbones
  • Configuring MPLS-based networks for rapid service restoration
  • Deploying and securing MPLS-based VPNs
  • GMPLS for optical networks: accelerating service deployment and improving operational efficiency

Whether you're in an enterprise or service provider environment, MPLS and Label Switching Networks, Second Edition gives you insight and clarity for planning, deploying, and succeeding with MPLS technologies—starting today.

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