Chapter 1. Rise of the IP Transport System

This chapter covers the following topics:

The Internet Explosion

Next-Generation IP Applications

MPLS: New Kid on the Block

Next-Generation IP Transport System

Continuous Improvements of Protocols

The IP network has grown into an important asset for most organizations today. As a technology, IP has passed the phase of requiring justification for its existence. In fact, the problems faced by network managers today are not justification or construction of an IP network. The real challenge is to keep the IP network up and running continuously, around the clock.

Over the years, networking hardware and software enhancements have addressed throughput and capacity issues. With improvement in application-specific ...

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