Workshop

WROU04: Introduction to MPLS

Duration
3 days
Level of Study
Intermediate

Synopsis

Traditional IP packet forwarding analyzes the destination IP address contained in the network layer header of each packet as the packet travels from its source to its final destination. A router analyzes the destination IP address independently at each hop in the network. Dynamic routing protocols or static configuration builds the database needed to analyze the destination IP address (the routing table). The process of implementing traditional IP routing also is called hop-by-hop destination-based unicast routing.

MPLS has evolved to address some of the concerns of the limitations of traditional IP routing and also address some of the key requirements from a services perspective. Previously Frame Relay and ATM based services were a choice for VPN services. However Frame Relay and ATM services were not able to offer differentiated services based on applications such as voice over IP, IP based Video Conferencing and other emerging applications. MPLS addresses some of these concerns. MPLS provides a number of services such as IPv4/IPv6 based L3 MPLS VPNs, L2 MPLS VPNs and Traffic Engineering. MPLS has provided some excellent solutions for Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPNs, which are widely used in today’s Service Provider networks.

Target audience

This course is designed for network engineers in service providers or enterprises involved in the deployment of MPLS based services.

Prerequisites

It is assumed that participants have a good understanding of networking fundamentals with good knowledge of IP Routing Protocols such as RIPv2, OSPF, ISIS and Multi-Protocol BGP. Those who have attended previous IPv4, IPv6 Routing Workshops of APNIC with find this very suitable understanding MPLS in detail.

Course outline

  • History of IP Routing and MPLS Evolution
  • MPLS Basic concepts and standards
  • MPLS Label Distribution Protocol
  • MPLS Layer 3 VPNs & deployment case study
  • MPLS Layer 2 VPNs & deployment case study
  • MPLS Traffic Engineering
  • Hands-on lab exercises on the above topics

Other requirements

Participants are advised to bring their own laptop computers with high-speed Wi-Fi (802.11a/g/n/ac) and administrative access to system. It is also recommended that laptops have Intel i5 or i7 processor, >=8GB of RAM and 30GB of free hard disk space.

Maximum number of attendees

40 participants per workshop

Please note

Certificate of participation is provided upon successful completion of the course.