Posted October 2003

Course Overview:
The half-day MPLS Virtual Private Network (VPN) Tutorial discusses MPLS Layer 2 VPN models, the MPLS Layer 3 RFC2547-bis model, and briefly highlights the Virtual Router (VR) model. The tutorial describes and contrasts MPLS VPNs to other types of VPNs in use today. The Layer 2 material gives an overview of the different encapsulation drafts available and the ongoing work in the IETF, ITU, and the MPLS, ATM, and Frame Relay Forums. We briefly highlight the new Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Segment (VPLS) work for Ethernet Transparent LAN Services (TLS). The Layer 3 material describes the reference models for MPLS RFC2547 VPNs and details the set-up and operation of Layer 3 MPLS VPNs.

Course Outline:

bullet Section 1: Introduction to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
bullet Section 2: Layer 3 MPLS VPNs
bullet Section 3: Layer 2 MPLS VPNs
bullet Section 4: Introduction to Multi-Service Interworking
bullet Section 5: Carrier Migration Examples

Intended Audience:
This course is intended for those who already have a familiarity with MPLS technology and want to learn more about MPLS VPN services. It is assumed that the attendee has a basic understanding of MPLS protocols and how MPLS packet forwarding operates. The intended audience for this tutorial includes those who work in marketing, product management, quality assurance, customer support, applications engineering, systems engineering, network operations staff or those development engineers who are new to the area of MPLS VPN services.

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