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Monday May 22, 2006 - MFA Forum Tutorials

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Introduction to MPLS

Dave Christophe

MFA Forum Education WG Chair

Channel Management

Lucent Technologies


Victoria Fineberg

MFA Forum Ambassador

Department of Defense

MFA Forum presents an introduction to MPLS that delivers a thorough review of the MPLS architecture and how MPLS works in the network. MPLS signaling and recovery mechanisms, QoS and traffic engineering capabilities are explained. An explanation of how to use MPLS to simplify current network architectures along with several key MPLS applications inclusing MPLS VPNs and Voice over MPLS is highlighted. Key existing and emerging industry standards/agreements are referenced.
MPLS VPNS Matt Kolon
MFA Forum Ambassador
Senior Technical Solutions Manager
Juniper Networks
A broad portfolio of differentiated, reliable MPLS VPN services backed by SLAs is today satisfying diverse customer needs. This MFA tutorial delivers an in depth view of MPLS Layer 2 VPNs and MPLS Layer 3 (RFC2547bis) VPNs. The tutorial describes how QoS, security, resiliency and scalability are supported with MPLS VPNs and contrasts MPLS VPNs to other types of VPNs in use today. Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) and emerging work on multi-service interworking of Ethernet services between dissimilar attachment circuits over MPLS are included as part of the Layer 2 VPN discussion. Key existing and emerging industry standards/agreements are referenced.

MPLS VPN Security

Monique Morrow

MFA Forum Ambassador

CTO Consulting Engineer

Cisco Systems

Much has been written about the MPLS technology and MPLS VPN architecture with less attention to the security aspects and considerations when deploying MPLS. This MFA Forum tutorial focuses on how the MPLS VPN (RFC 2547bis) architecture can be securely implemented and several risk scenarios with recommendations to help mitigate these risks. An explanation of how to effectively secure an MPLS VPN network against threats from the Internet and other VPNs is provided through  discussion of best-practice guidelines for securing the network at both Layers 2 and layer 3.


Tuesday May 23, 2006 - MPLS Directions and Shared Experiences

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Next Generation Backbone for the Boeing Company

Douglas Hill

Associate Technical Fellow

Boeing Corporation

This session provides an overview of Boeing migration to a global MPLS network.
MFA Forum Update

Andrew Malis
Chairman and President
MFA Forum

Chief Technologist


This talk discusses the current status of the MFA Forum, including its background, the recent merger with the ATM Forum, and details on its recently completed and ongoing work items.
Enterprise MPLS Trends: Challenges, Best Practices and Bottom Lines Johna Till Johnson
President and Founding Partner
Nemertes Research
Enterprise organizations are increasingly turning to MPLS-based services as the cornerstones of their converged networking strategies. But how is MPLS playing out in the real world? What are key challenges, concerns, and issues that enterprises are facing in rolling out MPLS-based services? What are the best practices for addressing these challenges? And when the dust has settled, how do MPLS-based services really affect the enterprise botom line?

Find out at this session, which will present the findings of Nemertes Research's cutting-edge Convergence benchmark, an in-depth analysis of the strategies, challenges, and best practices faced by 80 midsized to large enterprises. Attendees will come away from the session with actionable recommendations for ensuring their MPLS deployments are as smooth and effective as possible.
Enterprise MPLS Architecture Ken Owens 
Communications Architect 
AG Edwards
The real-time enterprise has become a driving business objective over the past year. MPLS has the promise of providing the enterprise virtualization and end-to-end QoS required for the real-time enterprise. This presentation describes the architecture for deploying MPLS across the WAN and between data centers to provide optimal network configurations of voice, video, and data services. The author will present deployment strategies and case studies which include actual modeling results and high level design simulations.
Enterprise Guide to MPLS RFI

Amr Ahmed 
Senior Manager

Security and Technology Solution 
Ernst and Young

This presentation will be a compilation of relevant MPLS “Request For Information (RFI)” case studies. The audience will gain broad perspective on how the provider network architecture can effectively meet their service requirement as relates to mission business/mission critical applications, voice/video services, disseminate corporate communication, Internet service, security, etc.
The Art of the Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) - The Financial Industry Network Naishen Wang
Senior Manager
Securities Industry Automation Corporation
This project briefing will showcase the technology used by the SIAC Communications team to effectively plan, develop and implement the Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI), a high capacity infrastructure that improves the overall resilience of the financial industry's data communications. MPLS-VPN technology has been used to create secure and manageable virtual backbones on SFTI, which are required to maintain separation between various communities of interest. This architecture enables SFTI to expand to accommodate client connections to an ever-increasing number of exchanges, market centers and content service providers. In just 3 years, SFTI has established connections to over 600 financial institutions and all major US regional exchanges. Current SFTI clients include the NYSE, AMEX, CBOE, BOX, BSE, and ISE. SFTI also utilizes Multicast over VPN technology to effectively deliver time-sensitive market data in its native multicast format.
Emerging MPLS Bundled Services

Michael Buttrey 
Director Product Management and Development

IP WAN Services 

MPLS VPN service providers are challenged with providing a portfolio of solutions that meet an array of customer needs while differentiating their MPLS offering. Businesses are trying to maximize the impact of their network investments – in both time and money – to gain the most benefit possible. As a result, service providers are offering MPLS VPN services that go beyond simple any-to-any connectivity, providing the foundation to support all communications for the enterprise with options for legacy/MPLS internetworking and migration, wireless access for mobile and stationary applications, and managed network-based VoIP and security services. 

The ideal solution becomes one that offers a network-based service supporting any-to-any connectivity, high quality of service and multicast for voice and video applications, integration of remote user access (both of wireline and wireless), and additional network services such as secure messaging services and Internet access. The customer will have the flexibility of connecting disparate locations and extending the features and functionality of their network through wireless access, while reducing ownership and management costs. With the integrated services portfolio, enterprises can truly leverage the benefits of IP-based services and their MPLS VPN.
A Case Study in True Network Convergence Ravi Goel
In this case study presentation, Tellabs will explain how it has partnered with Broadwing Communications, an all-optical network operator, to execute on the vision by building advanced infrastructure to bring a new era of converged services to market.

The presentation will explain how Broadwing’s Converged Services Network is being built to:

*Deliver customizable solutions to meet the bandwidth, interoperability, management and security needs of each customer
*Enable any customer location to communicate with any other customer location, regardless of access protocol, thereby providing customers complete discretion in pacing a seamless migration to next-gen services
*Offer deterministic Quality of Service (QoS) controls to facilitate mission critical customer applications
*Optimize core transport for both existing and emerging services over a single MPLS network, providing for long term operational and capital savings.
Service Providers Tap Into Layer 3 to Improve MPLS-VPN Services Alex Henthorn-Iwane
Senior Director of Marketing
Packet Design

George Wu
Manager of MPLS Backbone Engineering
MPLS VPNs are usurping the place formerly held by Frame Relay and ATM in enterprise WAN services. As this trend accelerates, service providers are recognizing the need for metrics that go beyond the simple "last mile" connectivity uptime guarantees and network latency measurements, to delve into the Layer 3 nature of MPLS VPN services themselves. This presentation will focus on case studies of service providers who are investigating or responding to requirements to increase service availability and visibility by internally measuring - or in some cases externally committing to Layer 3 service-level agreement metrics such as:

*Routing reachability, Layer 3 privacy and adherence to contracted routing topology with RFC 2547bis MPLS VPNs
*Routing convergence SLAs to ensure support for sensitive financial applications and converged VoIP and multimedia
*Responsive Layer 3 routing forensics capabilities
Leveraging the Common Information Model for Managing MPLS Networks Dr. Shaula Alexander Yemini
EMC Corporation
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) has been called "the wave of the future" for backbone networks - bringing to IP the features, reliability, and predictability of traditional carrier networks while preserving the dynamic characteristics, flexibility and cost effectiveness that have made IP the world's dominant network protocol. Despite this promising future, the network management market hasn't kept up with the unique characteristics of MPLS - creating significant challenges for forward-thinking managers seeking to operationalize MPLS in their core network infrastructures. This discussion will feature case studies and technology trends that highlight the promise and pitfalls of MPLS - helping attendees understand the benefits and overcome the obstacles to more effectively leverage MPLS within their IT infrastructures.


Wednesday May 24, 2006 - Moving Beyond Service Delivery


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MPLS VPNs: The End of the Beginning
Rose Klimovich
Vice President VPN and Integrated Networking
MPLS VPNs are moving into the mainstream, with strong demand from multinationals to mid-sized enterprises in virtually every market of the world. The performance, control, agility and security features of MPLS VPN have proven to be dependable, so even sensitive applications like voice and video over IP are moving beyond the early adopter stage. Now we are at the end of the beginning. The converged applications riding on the MPLS VPN are even more dynamic and rich and are crossing the line from wired to wireless. Rose Klimovich, Vice President of AT&T Business, will present the next generation enterprise networking services and how enterprise can benefit from them.
The Future of MPLS-VPN Services Joe Fusco
Director of IP Services
BT Infonet
As the carrier landscape changes, providers of MPLS need to consider how the role that MPLS will have on wireless service offerings and on mobile networks. The audience will also learn about emerging MPLS-VPN bundled services and multicast support, MPLS use during the last mile, the role of MPLS in the MSO as well as the future of MPLS-VPN services.
The Business of IP: Challenges and Benefits Kevin Dillon
IPsphere Forum

Monique Morrow
Vice Chair
IPsphere Forum
This session will explore how the telecom, IT, and application and software vendor industry can come together to use the current Internet infrastructure to offer profitable services to consumers and businesses on a global basis. This can be done through the creation of IPspheres. With the IPsphere model, anyone who wants to offer a service can dynamically negotiate agreements to create a new service. These new services can be offered from any end point to any other with performance assurances as required. The session will cover how the IPsphere Forum and its members are working to add a layer to the traditional network architecture; a business-or "service structuring"-stratum that enables providers and customers to negotiate business context exchanges to handle service requests. This model will open up new opportunities for users--new services with high reliability--and new revenue opportunities for service providers.
MPLS VPN Security Best Practice Guideline Monique Morrow
Distinguished Consulting Engineer
Cisco Systems

Michael Behringer
Distinguished Engineer
Cisco Systems
This presentation defines security and provides an overview of the security pillers e.g architectural, operational for example. The presenters explore potential attack points; and, provide best practice guidelines in securing these vulnerabilities. As organizations deploy MPLS, there are security concerns when extending VPNv4 capabilities across multiple administrative domains and multiple providers. The presenters will explain security risks for RFC2547bis deployment scenarios for Inter-AS deployments and provide recommendations in order to mitigate against potential attacks when implementing RFC2547bis models, e.g, A, B or C. The presenters will conclude with best practice tips for the operator.
Role of MPLS in Next Generation IMS Architecture Douglas Hunt
Director of System Architecture
Lucent CTO Office
Service providers think of IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) as “It Means Services”. For end users, IMS means consistent user experiences across different domains, networks and applications. Based on 3GPP and 3GPP2 specifications for the delivery of IP applications, IMS has been positioned as THE tool for delivery of real-time peer-to-peer applications and blended lifestyle services. As such, over the past year many vendors in telecom have included IMS in their product messaging. Now, with several network rollouts linked to IMS, operators will want tangible evidence of how IMS translates into new revenue generating services and also want to plan for how to evolve their access and core transport network will in support of such services.

This presentation will highlight IMS architecture evolution, where it stands in standard bodies, role of MPLS in next generation IMS architectures and how such network will offer reliability and QoS expected for IMS based application and services.
A Carrier's View of the Evolution of Ethernet to VPLS

Rotem Salomonovitch

Network Architecture
Uecomm Ltd.

Uecomm, an Australian carrier specializing in providing Ethernet services to corporate, education, and government sectors has recently undertaken a technology review, evaluating the scalability and robustness of its Ethernet network. VPLS has been targeted as the new technology platform for service delivery. This presentation will discuss Uecomm's reasons for the technology review, technology selection process, and describe the vendor selection process, VPLS architecture, and VPLS shortcomings.
Multicast Support for VPLS Marc Lasserre 
Chief Scientist 
Riverstone Networks
Several Internet drafts specify VPLS multicast extensions, ranging from optimized traffic delivery to optimized bandwidth usage. In this presentation, you will learn about the market drivers for enhanced VPLS multicast support and the operational implications of such extensions. Additionally, several multicast models with various degrees of complexity will be discussed.
Multicast in a Layer 3 VPN Environment Ron Bonica 
Network Engineer 
Juniper Networks
This talk describes various approaches multicast in a Layer 3 VPN
environment. Specifically, it describes various methods through which a
service provider can overlay the customer multicast routing domains over its own multicast routing environment while minimizing interaction
between the two.
MPLS Interconnection and Multi-Sourcing for the Secure Enterprise

Leo McCloskey 
Senior Director

Network and Partner Strategy 

MPLS is the default network for Enterprises concerned about quality networking, and will be required for Enterprises that adopt Microsoft’s new operating system, Vista. Enterprises are multi-sourcing their networks, creating interconnectivity need. Compounding this is the trend to multi-source across the Enterprise – IT Outsourcing, Business Process Outsourcing. All of these vendors solutions must be interconnected with the Enterprise in a secure and well-managed way.

Interconnectivity is the key for successful implementation of an MPLS network in a multi-sourced environment. This presentation will walk you through the implementation of interconnected MPLS networks, the business and operationa processes that need to be considered, and lessons learned from implementation at EDS, as well as cover the technology used. We will also cover key items for success, including the use of best-of-breed vendors.
Case Study: Solving the Interconnects Challenge - end-to-end management is the key! Charlie Muirhead 
President and Founder 
No single carrier can deliver the optimal price and performance VPN services to for all sites globally, and enterprise are increasingly specifying specific carriers for particular regions, leaving the industry with a need to interconnect and manage multi-carrier, Multi-Network Environments (MNEs) This presentations discusses the real requirements for interconnects when utilizing MPLS and goes through five key use cases that have been defined by an industry panel in a recent white paper by a range of the industry’s thought leaders.

The talk discusses standards initiatives being developed to support these environment and what issues they will resolve. The talk covers the following areas: how interconnects are defined, implemented and mutually managed; how services are defined, provisioned and maintained and what approaches service providers are taking to improve efficiency, reduce cost and improve customer service experience. The talk will provide an example of a deployed customer in the form of a case study.
BSNL: Challenges Overcome in Implementing Management for MPLS

Norman Kincl 
Solution Manager

Network and Service Provider Solutions 
Hewlett-Packard Company

Bharath Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is the largest telecom service provider in India and has one of the largest MPLS networks in the world. This talk will discuss the challenges of implementing a management system for a newly implemented MPLS network. 

The BSNL manage system cover service activation, service assurance and service usage all integrated into an OSS solution. 

Requirements for vendor selection will start the talk. Then we will cover the implementation cycle, issues that arose and resolutions. We will finish with a discussion of value BSNL and its customers received from the implementation.



Thursday May 25, 2006 - Enterprise Track

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MPLS: Ten Years After
George Swallow
Distinguished Engineer
Cisco Systems
IETF MPLS Working Group
It's been ten years since the invention of Tag Switching, which lead directly to the development of MPLS. This presentation will take a look back and examine the genesis and genius of MPLS. 

We will begin by looking at MPLS's roots and the technical ferment that gave rise to its development and then go on to examine how the architecture evolved. We look at the highs and lows of the technology and finally explore the reasons for its ultimate success.
MPLS Resiliency Approaches Tony Downes 
Principal Technologist Network Protocols 
Data Connection
This session examines the features inherent in MPLS networks that facilitate high availability and considers techniques to build resilient networks by utilizing MPLS. It also examines proposals in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to standardize methods of signaling and provisioning MPLS networks to achieve protection against failures. Fast Re-route, RAPID, and detection schemes will be addressed.

Data Connection has extensive expertise in routing, MPLS and VPN software as they have been providing portable routing protocols to OEMs and service providers for over 20 years. Data Connection offers optical and packet routing solutions to customers such as British Telecom, Ciena, Lucent, NEC, Siemens, Tellabs, UTStarcom, and ZTE.
Pseudowires in the Access, Accelerating Services to Ethernet and MPLS Houman Modarres
Director Product Management
Hammerhead Systems
With MPLS-based networks already in place and reliably carrying the lion’s share of IP backbone traffic, the focus is squarely on accelerating the rollout of Ethernet infrastructure in the access to enable the support of FTTX, VoD and IPTV traffic. This talk will consider the technical underpinnings of a smooth service migration strategy using PWE3 Pseudowires
Traffic Engineering in a Tier 1 Network Chris Gibbings
IP Engineer
Level 3
Traffic engineering on a large network with backbone links in the range
30G-60G and upwards brings new challenges. This talk discusses traffic
engineering on Level 3's MPLS backbone, which supports MPLS-VPN, 6PE and point-to-point PWE3 tunnels in addition to carrying a large volume of IP traffic. The use of link coloring to share traffic over transatlantic links is discussed, together with significant differences in the way that route selection should be modeled for different vendors. Fast reroute deployment choices and the interaction of various traffic types with multilink bundles up to 60Gbit/s capacity will also be discussed.
Using MPLS to Optimize and Mix Residential Triple Play and Business Services Networks Jeremy Brayley
Director of Technical Strategy
ECI Telecom
Service providers around the world are looking to increase their business by adding next generation Triple Play services to their residential networks. To reliably deliver broadcast video, video on demand, Internet and voice services, these networks need to support orders of magnitude more bandwidth to the home. Since compressed video is very susceptible to packet loss, network designers must be able to guarantee the delivery of video streams while supporting heavily overbooked classes of service like Internet. Guaranteed delivery is further complicated when networks carry a mix of residential and business services. Attend this presentation to learn how MPLS can help you optimize infrastructure resources by logically separating and dimensioning the mixed residential and business service network.
The Role of Policy Enabled Subscriber Management Arnold Jansen 
Product and Solutions Marketing Manager IP Division 
Triple Play is a profound transformation to create innovative and personalized service bundles including IPTV, voice and on-line multimedia applications as a convenient one-stop shopping experience. This also requires a transformation to a converged broadband IP infrastructure that is tightly controlled and optimized for supporting premium, high bandwidth services in a reliable manner.

This presentation will examine the drivers, challenges and opportunities of introducing Triple Play services over a converged IP-based infrastructure and the enabling role of policy based subscriber service management in meeting the associated operational requirements for delivering personalized and profitable services.
Implementing IPv6 and IPv6 VPN in MPLS Networks Dr. Luyuan Fang
Sr. Technical Specialist
This presentation will discuss the technologies of implementing IPv6 and IPv6 BGP/MPLS VPN (RFC 2547bis) in MPLS network. First, we will give a brief over view on the drivers of IPv6 and IPv6 VPN deployment. We then discuss the technical implementation of IPv6, especially focus on IPv6 VPN (2547bis) over IPv4 MPLS backbone, based on IETF draft-ietf-ppvpn-bgp-ipv6-vpn: new BGP extensions for IPv6 VPN, routing information exchange, use of route reflectors, and Inter-AS/Inter-Providers IPv6 VPN for connecting customers IPv6 VPN sites across multiple ASes/Providers. The general service provider requirements will be addressed, as well as the challenges in design and deployment of IPv6/IPv6 MPLS VPN in IPv4 MPLS network.
GMPLS and Ethernet "Provider Backbone Transport" David Allan
Senior Advisor and Chief Research Officer
Nortel Networks
Recent innovations in the Ethernet space indicate that consistent with current implementations and levering current standardization of carrier aspects of Ethernet, connection management can be added quite simply. This produces a infrastructure with the deterministic behavior providers are used to, the scalability providers require and the OAM they expect. This positions Ethernet as a suitable convergence technology as carriers look to migrate from circuit to packet infrastructure in the metro.

PBT has been introduced to the industry at IETF, ITU, IEEE and elsewhere. This talk will provide an overview of the current state of standardization of PBT, GMPLS control of PBT and how it levers other standardization efforts already in progress.



Thursday May 25, 2006  - Service Provider Track

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From Layer 2 to Layer 3 and Back Again

Mike Marcellin

IP & Ethernet Networking
Verizon Business

Today enterprises are faced with a myriad of networking options from Layer 2 to Layer 3. How do you know which one is right for your organization? This presentation will address what companies should know before they build or buy their next-generation network. He will identify key business drivers and appropriate networking choices. Mike will also detail the pro's and con' of each, including best networking choices for running voice, video and data applications over a single network, while making the most of an enterprise's current infrastructure.
The VPLS vs. IP VPN Holy War

Jamie Heinze 
Senior Director

Data Product Management 

Is a Layer-3 or a Layer-2 virtual private network (VPN) service right for my enterprise? What’s the difference between the two? For many enterprises, when it comes to choosing their communications infrastructure, these are critical questions. This presentation will provide an in-depth explain of how MPLS-based Layer-2 VPLS differs from MPLS-based Layer-3 IP VPN service. 
It will discuss issues such as: 
o An explanation of Layer-2 versus Layer-3 connectivity options
o A look at what type of enterprises might be better served by Layer-2 routing rather than Layer-3 routing
o Differences in network configuration, such as the types of routing equipment required
o Differences in cost – both management and network costs – for the two options
o Security issues regarding Layer 2 versus Layer 3
o When a hybrid Layer-2 and Layer-3 approach might be appropriate
Beyond Convergence, Building on MPLS to Increase Flexibility and Value of Customer Solutions Christophe Masiero
Head of VPN Services Product Management
Equant Network Services
As customers' requirements increase in complexity and scope, the next
generation of managed services require the current networking technologies (MPLS-VPN, IPSec VPN, even Legacy FR) to work together to form a seamless WAN solution. Service providers are challenged to deliver flexible and scalable value-add services like Voice and Video over IP on top of the MPLS infrastructure with an optimized management infrastructure.

In this session, Equant will share how routers on MPLS-VPN not only deliver the VPN service but also the Convergence, LAN, Security, Content features as part of IT infrastructure offered to meet growing customers' needs. Equant will discuss how a service provider can resolve complex IT issues by addressing specific customer LAN & WAN management needs and will raise challenges facing large customers in term of network optimization management (WAN routing, QoS), Convergence management (VoIP, Video over IP, IPTV), Security management (IPSec. Access Control) and LAN Management.
Enterprise Buyer's Guide to MPLS-VPNs Dr. Peter J. Welcher
Senior Consultant
This presentation draws from the presenter's experience with several real enterprise customer situations. It discusses the key questions, decisions, and considerations that go into being an informed consumer of MPLS VPN services. Along the way, we will look at ways in which MPLS VPN differs from classic FR and ATM WAN services. Whether L2 or L3 VPN is chosen, impact of MPLS on network design and routing strategy is a major factor, to be discussed from a high-level perspective. 

The talk starts by examining whether L2 or L3 MPLS VPN services are more appropriate for your enterprise. For L3 VPN's we look at routing considerations, and how your network may have to change. We suggest some further questions for your provider, to set expectations and ensure your expectations match the service you receive. For L2 VPN's, we consider scaling factors, and also some questions to ask the MPLS provider to make sure their service offering is well-thought out and robust.
The Enterprise Routing Guide to MPLS VPN Service Migration

Ajay Simha
Network Consulting Enginer

Computer Engineering Architecture and Design Group 
Cisco Systems

To reduce network costs and increase network flexibility, many enterprises are migrating their Wide Area Network (WAN) core to Layer 3 (L3) VPN services. But before enterprises make this migration, network operators need to make sure that they fully understand the impact, if any, on their existing routing policies during and after the migration. Change in routing policies may result in sub-optimal network utilization. It may also lead to routing loops that render access to critical services out of reach. These factors are equally relevant when buying L3 VPN services from multiple providers.

In this session, we’ll discuss these challenges and present guidelines for migration to MPLS VPN service. Through case studies, we’ll highlight possible solutions to a variety of common routing problems that can occur in both single and multi-provider VPN environments. We’ll also discuss specific network attributes (i.e. overall network complexity, network topologies, choice of PE-CE protocol, etc.) that can contribute to routing problems and complicate migration.
VPLS High Availability Options for Business Applications Twain McCulley 
Technical Architect 
Edward Jones
This presentation will examine the business case for VPLS functionality for critical business applications as related to virtual server migration, application high availabilty, and geographic servivability. Modern business applications are constrained by underlining data access mechanisms in the event of device or server failure for backend processes. File sharing mechanisms, including CIFS and NFS, are intolerant during outages to the centralized mount point and generally hang the dependent processes and systems. VPLS enables the geographic recovery of these applications through the virtual presence in diverse data centers of a singular IP network to allow for interface recovery of the affected file sharing technology. Additionally, VPLS enables geographic failover for candidate virtual servers and systems through Layer 2 Xen migration of the virtual systems. Internal case study will be provided.
Managing Network and Application Performance Through an MPLS Cloud Eileen Haggerty 
Solutions Director 
NetScout Systems
As MPLS deployments by enterprises and government agencies have increased, some interesting challenges have emerged. In many cases, MPLS networking comes with a lack of visibility because the very encryption/encapsulation that helps optimize packet routing also frequently obscures the details that many network professionals require for troubleshooting and traffic engineering their networks.

This presentation will outline the best practices for collecting network and application performance information over MPLS-enabled wide area networks (WANs), overcoming the complexity involved in MPLS network configurations and letting IT staff gain the application-layer visibility necessary to troubleshoot degradations and plan capacity changes based on the business use of the network. The presentation will also demonstrate the successful use of such approaches via case studies of managing performance in enterprise MPLS environments.
MPLS in the Enteprise: Enabling Application Specific QoS on a Converged Network Troy Herrera 
Senior Field Solutions Manager 
Juniper Networks
MPLS, widely deployed in service provider networks, is now gaining notice for its applications in enterprise networks. By enabling a logical isolation of applications over a converged network, MPLS can make a converged enterprise network robust enough to support traffic ranging from “best effort” to real-time traffic that demands sub-50 msec fault detection and recovery. MPLS can also enhance the security of the enterprise and applications running on the converged network by enabling administrators to segment or divide control of various network resources/applications amongst the appropriate system or departmental managers.

This presentation will focus on the ability of MPLS to improve security, enhance QoS, and add application intelligence within an enterprise private network. Specifically, the presentation will cover:

- Benefits of a converged enterprise network
- Logical separation of applications within a converged network
- Mechanisms for enabling real-time fault restoration for critical applications


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