HR Presents New MPLS-TP White Paper
Given what appears to be widespread interest in the topic, I am pleased to announce that Heavy Reading has just released a new white paper, "MPLS-TP in Next-Generation Transport Networks," that can be downloaded from Light Reading's MPLS-TP Briefing Center. You can also find other material on the briefing site from network solutions companies that participated in the webinar and shared their perspectives on MPLS-TP in the paper. The companies include Cisco, ECI, Ericsson, Ixia and Metaswitch. Experts from these suppliers have been at the forefront in working with operators like Verizon, BT, AT&T, Comcast, NTT, Bharti Airtel and others to develop and deploy a transport profile for MPLS that allows the technology to be operated in a similar manner to existing transport technologies and gives it the capability to support packet transport services with a degree of predictability that is similar to that found in existing Sonet/SDH networks.
After much effort and debate among members of the IETF and ITU-T, key MPLS-TP standard pillars are largely complete, and the MPLS-TP ecosystem is beginning to take shape. Multiple vendors are in the process of testing, trialing and beginning early service provider deployments of MPLS-TP solutions that make use of new MPLS-based operations, administration and maintenance (OAM) tools. Sophisticated test and measurement solutions designed to demonstrate that MPLS-TP is a viable and compelling technology are now available and have been used in public interoperability tests and demonstrations.
While a few hurdles remain to be overcome, we can say with increasing confidence that the era of standardized MPLS-TP technology is beginning to emerge and is poised to affect the way converged networks are built in coming years.
If you are a service provider, now is the time to get your team up to speed on MPLS-TP. If you are a financial analyst or investor, you will want to start paying closer attention to the trial and deployment activity because the ability of network solutions providers to support standards-based MPLS-TP technology on packet optical transport systems, Carrier Ethernet switch/routers and other equipment could begin to shape carrier purchasing decisions in coming quarters.
Heavy Reading plans to track MPLS-TP developments closely and canvass operators opinions on the emerging technology in the coming months. Among other things, I will be joining representatives from Cisco, ECI and Juniper on an MPLS-TP session at Light Reading’s Ethernet Expo Americas, which will be held in New York City during Nov. 8 and 9.
— Stan "EtherMan" Hubbard, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading