Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is experiencing a rapid expansion in deployment throughout the service provider and enterprise networking industries. The move to a Layer 3 WAN has allowed the offering of applications and services thought impossible up to now. This fits well with the Service-Oriented Network Architecture (SONA) framework in that the same applications and services offered at central or headquarters sites can now be easily extended to the branch office, the home office, and even the mobile client. The goal of creating a single network experience regardless of method of accessing the network is now a step closer.
Chapters 8 and 9 provided a fairly detailed description of MPLS architecture. Having addressed the basics of the technology, this chapter focuses on the basics of MPLS implementation.
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