After completing this chapter, you will be able to do the following:
Explain the driving factors behind MPLS
List the benefits of forwarding labeled packets instead of forwarding IP packets
Explain the applications of MPLS that have received widespread acceptance
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) has been around for several years. It is a popular networking technology that uses labels attached to packets to forward them through the network. This chapter explains why MPLS became so popular in such a short time.
This chapter starts with a definition of MPLS. It also provides a short overview of pre-MPLS network solutions. The benefits of MPLS are listed, and the end of the chapter explains ...