Optical/IP Networks

Juniper Sees the Light

10:00 AM -- One old controversy involving Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) got erased yesterday, in a side note to the company's Ethernet announcments. (See Juniper Expands MX.)

Remember the flap over Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS)? Juniper was the lone voice preaching VPLS based on the BGP routing protocol. Most of the industry seemed to prefer VPLS based on Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) signaling. (See Juniper: The VPLS Odd-Ball?)

OK, it's not a conversation starter at a Sunday barbecue. But Juniper took plenty of barbs from competitors over it.

Now, Juniper says it supports the LDP option. What changed? Mergers among service providers have created networks that need both VPLS types supported, Juniper says.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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