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Laurel, Agilent Join on MPLS

SEWICKLEY, Pa. -- Laurel Networks, a start-up company developing routing systems for the network edge and Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A), a leading provider of innovative technologies for electronics, communications, and life sciences, today announced a partnership to promote industry-standard testing specifications for MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching). The Laurel-Agilent alliance will advance the use of MPLS throughout the network by ensuring interoperability across a spectrum of vendor products.

"The next-generation IP network relies on MPLS to enable any type of traffic to be routed transparently and efficiently. Standards for MPLS testing are critical to ensure service providers can use a multi-vendor network to offer their enterprise customers high-quality, scalable services by supporting features such as QoS guarantees on services and VPN support," said Gerald DeGrace, Laurel Networks Vice President of Product Engineering. When deployed in an IP network, MPLS attaches labels to IP packets that can be used by edge routers to quickly determine the destination address for the packet and any special treatment to be applied to the traffic.

http://www.laurelnetworks.com
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