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Should I Be Interested in MPLS Traffic Engineering?

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  1. Should I Be Interested in MPLS Traffic Engineering?
  2. What Is MPLS TE?
  3. Improving Your MPLS TE Knowledge and Skills
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In this article, Ivan Pepelnjak demonstrates when and how you might benefit from deploying MPLS TE in your network and how you can improve your MPLS TE-related theoretical knowledge and configuration skills.
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Should I Be Interested in MPLS Traffic Engineering?

Earlier this year, I was asked to present an interesting MPLS-based technology – MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS TE) – to members of the Cisco Powered Network (CPN) program attending the yearly CPN worldwide meeting. I gladly accepted the opportunity because I wanted to find out how many service providers already use this exciting technology and how they are using it. During the presentation, I discovered a few interesting facts:

  • Many of the students were not familiar with the technology at all.

  • Several students expressed the opinion that, although MPLS TE is an interesting technology, it is not usable in their networks because "they have plenty of available bandwidth."

In this article, I demonstrate when and how you might benefit from deploying MPLS TE in your network and how you can improve your MPLS TE-related theoretical knowledge and configuration skills. In a subsequent article, I discuss how you can benefit from MPLS TE features, even if your network is currently overprovisioned.

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