Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Training

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Training Course with Hands-On Exercises (Online, Onsite and Classroom Live)

In this Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Training Comprehensive: Technology, Engineering, Applications and Qos, you will study all of the key issues related to the design and implementation of MPLS in IP networks.  We will begin with a quick review of IP routing and the OSI stack.  We will then study the basics of MPLS label switching and continue with applications including VPNs, Quality of Service (QoS), and Traffic Engineering.  Advanced and emerging applications of MPLS are next including multicast, circuit emulation, and hierarchical LSPs. We will finish up with discussion of MPLS marketing opportunities.  Examples and short exercises are interspersed throughout the MPLS Comprehensive: Technology, Engineering, Applications and Qos course.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) TrainingDuration: 4 days

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  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Training course in manner understandable to lay audiences.

The target audience for this Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Training course:

  • IT or telecom professionals, network designers, sales engineers, proposal writers, and others whose  job  requires a good understanding of MPLS

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Training course are:

  • Basic knowledge of TCP/IP and telecommunications networks
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Training - OBJECTIVES

Upon completing this Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Identify the problems with conventional IP networks and how to correct them with MPLS
  • Understand and implement MPLS labels and paths
  • Analyze and implement Quality of Service (QoS) in IP networks using MPLS
  • Analyze and implement VPNs using MPLS
  • Implement new, advanced functions with MPLS that add value to your network offerings
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Training - COURSE SYLLABUS

Review of OSI protocol stack and packet switching

  • Packet vs. circuit switching
  • Connection-oriented and connectionless network architectures
  • Reason for layered telecom architectures
  • OSI stack
  • Function of each layer
  • Layer 2 switching
  • Ethernet and OSI
  • Packet construction and addressing

Overview of Routing and MPLS

  • Layer 3 routing
  • Native Hop-by-Hop Network Layer (Layer 3) routing
  • Next Hop Selection Functions
  • Advantages of Layer 3 switching
  • Label Switching as way to speed packets through network
  • MPLS implementation of label switching
  • MPLS forwarding paradigm
  • Integration of IP and MPLS
  • Advantages of MPLS forwarding over conventional network layer forwarding

MPLS Labels

  • MPLS labels basics
  • Label encapsulation
  • Label assignment and distribution
  • Label switched routers and routing (LSR)
  • Label distribution:  Purpose
  • Label distribution:  Protocols (LDP)
  • Label distribution:  Methods
  • Label retention modes
  • Label Switched Paths (LSP)
  • LSP setup control

Route Selection

  • Basics
  • Standard IP and MPLS
  • IP forwarding
  • MPLS label distribution
  • Label switched paths
  • Explicitly routed LSP (ER-LSP):  Basics, example, advantages
  • Hop-by-Hop vs. explicit routing

MPLS Architecture

  • Design of MPLS networks
  • MPLS operation
  • MPLS node architecture
  • MPLS elements
  • Loop survival, detection, and prevention in MPLS

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and MPLS

  • Overview of VPNs
  • Connection-oriented VPNs
  • Connectionless VPNs
  • Comparison of VPN technologies
  • MPLS VPN operation
  • Layer 1 MPLS VPNs (circuit emulation)
  • Layer 2 MPLS VPNs (point-point, multipoint)
  • Layer 3 MPLS VPNs
  • Route reflectors
  • Trace route enhancements
  • Advantages of MPLS VPNs
  • MPLS VPN management

MPLS Traffic Engineering

  • Need for traffic engineering on Internet and other IP-based networks
  • Unequal cost load balancing via metric manipulation
  • Advantages of MPLS traffic engineering
  • Basic concepts of MPLS traffic engineering
  • MPLS traffic engineering elements (dynamic/static LSPs)
  • MPLS traffic engineering configuration
  • Resource Reservation Protocol for Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE)
  • Configuration case study of an MPLS traffic-engineered network: Intermediate System-Intermediate System (IS-IS)
  • Configuration case study of an MPLS traffic-engineered network: Open shortest path first (OSPF)

MPLS and Quality of Service (QoS)

  • Introduction to Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Overbuild versus preferential treatment of packets
  • Quality of Service vs. Class of Service (CoS)
  • Integrated services
  • IP precedence
  • Differentiated Services (DiffServ)
  • Modular QoS Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • MPLS implementation of DiffServ
  • MPLS VPN support of QoS
  • MPLS QoS implementation
  • Configuring QoS for MPLS VPNs
  • MPLS QoS case study

MPLS Design

  • MPLS VPN design and topologies
  • Designing MPLS networks
  • Additional MPLS design considerations

Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) and Multi-Protocol Lambda Switching

  • Using packet-switch ideas in all-optical world
  • Differences between lambda (wavelength) switching and conventional packet switching
  • Basics of GMPLS
  • Transitioning to GMPLS

Multicast L2/L3

  • Mcast backbone requirements
  • Point to multipoint (P2MP) LSPs
  • P2MP Pseudowire emulation (PW)
  • BGP P2MP
  • Mobile VPN (mVPN)


  • Inter-carrier requirements
  • MPLS-Inter-carrier-connect (ICI)
  • Multi-segment PW

Circuit Emulation

  • Structure-Agnostic Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) over Packet (SAToP)
  • Circuit Emulation Switched Virtual Circuit (SVC) over Packet Switched Network (CESoPSN)
  • TDM over IP Gateways (TDMoIP)
  • Circuit Emulation (CEM)

Hierarchical LSPs

  • Route aggregation and H-LDP
  • Hierarchical resource reservation

MPLS Resilience and OAM

  • Need for network protection
  • MPLS error detection
  • Thrashing links
  • Practical applications
  • Node/network level recovery
  • LSP/PW ping/traceroute
  • Virtual Circuit Connection Verification (VCCV)
  • PW redundancy
  • Master Controller-Layer 2 Access Concentration (MC-LAC)
  • MPLS/Ethernet OAM interworking
  • Cisco’s Tunnel Builder vendor solution

MPLS and Advanced or Emerging Technologies

  • Control planes and MPLS
  • Fixing the problems of SONET
  • Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) and Automatic Switched Optical Network (ASON)
  • Separation of connectivity and services: Next Generation Network (NGN)
  • Getting rid of SONET: MPLS and Optical Transport Network (OTN)
  • MPLS and emerging very high speed Ethernet (>100 Mb/s)
  • New architectures for layer 2 functionality
  • Virtualization and Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and MPLS

MPLS VPN Marketing

  • Who:  The user perspective
  • What:  The money
  • How:  Approaches to marketing and sales
  • Market planning overview
  • Case example
  • Challenges
  • Case study
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