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Definitive MPLS Network Designs (paperback) (Networking Technology) 1st Edition

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Field-proven MPLS designs covering MPLS VPNs, pseudowire, QoS, traffic engineering, IPv6, network recovery, and multicast
  • Understand technology applications in various service provider and enterprise topologies via detailed design studies
  • Benefit from the authors' vast experience in MPLS network deployment and protocol design
  • Visualize real-world solutions through clear, detailed illustrations
  • Design studies cover various operator profiles including an interexchange carrier (IXC), a national telco deploying a multiservice backbone carrying Internet and IP VPN services as well as national telephony traffic, an international service provider with many POPs all around the globe, and a large enterprise relying on Layer-3 VPN services to control communications within and across subsidiaries
  • Design studies are thoroughly explained through detailed text, sample configurations, and network diagrams
"Definitive MPLS Network Designs" provides examples of how to combine key technologies at the heart of IP/MPLS networks. Techniques are presented through a set of comprehensive design studies. Each design study is based on characteristics and objectives common to a given profile of network operators having deployed MPLS and discusses all the corresponding design aspects. The book starts with a technology refresher for each of the technologies involved in the design studies. Next, a series of design studies is presented, each based on a specific hypothetical network representative of service provider and enterprise networks running MPLS. Each design study chapter delivers four elements. They open with a description of the network environment, including the set of supported services, the network topology, the POP structure, the transmission facilities, the basic IP routing design, and possible constraints. Then the chapters present design objectives, such as optimizing bandwidth usage. Following these are details of all aspects of the network design, covering VPN, QoS, TE, network recovery, and--where applicable--multicast, IPv6, and pseudowire. The chapters conclude with a summary of the lessons that can be drawn from the design study so that all types of service providers and large enterprise MPLS architects can adapt aspects of the design solution to their unique network environment and objectives. Although network architects have many resources for seeking information on the concepts and protocols involved with MPLS, there is no single resource that illustrates how to design a network that optimizes their benefits for a specific operating environment. The variety of network environments and requirements makes it difficult to provide a one-size-fits-all design recommendation. Definitive MPLS Network Designs fills this void. "This book comes as a boon to professionals who want to understand the power of MPLS and make full use of it."-Parantap Lahiri, Manager, IP Network Infrastructure Engineering, MCI Includes a FREE 45-Day Online Edition This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press(R), which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.

About the Author

Jim Guichard, CCIE® No. 2069, is a system architect at Cisco Systems®, with a primary focus on MPLS/IP Layer-2 and Layer-3 VPN technologies. During the last eight years at Cisco®, and previously at IBM, Jim has been involved in the design, implementation, and planning of many large-scale WAN and LAN networks.


François Le Faucheur is a system architect at Cisco Systems working in product development and IETF standardization in the area of IP QoS and MPLS. Prior to joining Cisco, he worked for several telecom carriers in France and Australia on the development of enhanced services on ATM, Frame Relay, SMDS, and IP. 


Jean-Philippe Vasseur is Cisco Distinguished Engineer where he works on IP/MPLS  architecture specifications, focusing on IP, TE, and network recovery. He holds an engineering degree from France and an M.S. from the SIT (New Jersey, USA). Before joining Cisco, he worked for several service providers in large multiprotocol environments. He is an active member of the IETF, co-chair of the IETF PCE (Path Computation Element) Working Group and coauthor of several IETF RFCs. He is a regular speaker at various international conferences and is involved in various projects in the area of IP and MPLS. He has also filed several patents in the area of IP and MPLS and is the coauthor of “Network Recovery".


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Product Details

  • Series: Networking Technology
  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (March 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587142414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587142413
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Sardella on May 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Why is MPLS being implemented so widely? To get your arms around this, you need to divide the question somewhat, and take a look at the different flavors of service providers and carriers that are building MPLS networks. In Definitive MPLS Network Designs, the authors have created strawmen for an Interexchange Carrier (USCom), a National Telco (Telecom Kingland), a Global Service Provider (Globenet), and a monstrously large enterprise (EuroBank-which seems to have swallowed up so many other European banks as to be a kind of virtual service provider in its own right).

All four of these mythical entities build Layer 3 MPLS services, but they each have different requirements for QoS, restoration, traffic engineering, and other services provided by MPLS. USCom is a long distance voice service provider who needs very fast (telco quality) recovery over unprotected core transport. Telecom Kingland is adding a multiservice backbone that will be trunking public telephony as well as new services such as IPv6 and carrier of carrier services (in which all VPNs from one carrier are trunked in a single VPN across another carrier's backbone). GlobeNet has unique traffic engineering concerns and a need to create viable peering agreements with local service providers in order to provide services in a shared fashion. Thus, inter-AS Layer 3 VPNs are discussed in detail here. EuroBank, with its vast resources, is building out its own MPLS core to support the variety of access infrastructures it has inherited. Each of these strawmen are described in terms of their design objectives, the services they offer, their topologies, and the constraints that lead to the choices made in building out these networks. Configuration snippets are provided throughout for illustration purposes.
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Format: Hardcover
Your organization has grown and the simple wide area network (WAN) you are responsible for and familiar with needs to grow to support the needs of that change. Now the WAN is preparing to enter the next generation technology and expand from either a simple point to point and point to multipoint environment to a global diverse cloud environment and you are tasked to learn about this new technology and implement it. Most likely you are in the networking team and/or the architecture group within your organization and it is your job to do this and do it right the first time.

The amount of information on new WAN technologies is enormous and ever growing. As anyone in the network world knows various providers will have their solutions and offer numerous products and options, but it will be your job to understand these solutions and advise your management team on the best options available. Thus, you will need to learn and refer to items at various intervals. One of the newer technologies that is gaining strength in the WAN environment is Multiprotocol Label Switching or MPLS and could be the ideal solution for you. With "Definitive MPLS Network Design" you will be able to take the first important step to accomplishing this goal and ensuring that the process and planning is accomplished correctly. When I first looked at this book, I assumed it was nothing more than an enhancement to the concepts of Frame-Relay and point to point connections, but as I ventured further into the book the inclusion of IPv6 information and Network Engineering items proved my initial assumptions where not only incorrect but extremely off base.

This book will not only provide the first step, but also provides the guidance and hand holding to help you navigate the land of uncertainty that is MPLS.
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Excellent study reference for CCIE SP, CCDE, CCAr, or just general service provider architecture. The case studies are very well thought out and verbosely described. This is the kind of book one would use to compare different SP architectures objectively and based on business requirements.
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