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ALSO CALLED: Layer 3 Switching, M P L S, Tag Switching, Multiprotocol Label Switching, Multi-Protocol Label Switching
DEFINITION: Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a standards-approved technology for speeding up network traffic flow and making it easier to manage. MPLS involves setting up a specific path for a given sequence of packets, identified by a label put in each packet, thus saving the time needed for a router to look up the address to the next node to forward the packet to. MPLS is called multiprotocol because  … 
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Migrating to an MPLS-based/Private IP Network: Are You Ready?
sponsored by Fluke Networks
WHITE PAPER: This white paper details the benefits associated with MPLS-based private IP networks and discusses the challenges that occur when networks change from Layer 2 to Layer 3 based connectivity.
Posted: 06 Sep 2006 | Published: 01 Aug 2006

Fluke Networks

Alcatel 1850 TSS-320: Transport Service Switch | Release 1
sponsored by Alcatel
DATA SHEET: The Alcatel 1850 TSS-320 is a new breed of multiservice transport platform that is able to support mixed traffic, from 100 percent circuits to 100 percent packets, up to a maximum of 320 Gb/s.
Posted: 07 Jul 2006 | Published: 01 Jul 2005

Alcatel

Cutting Through the Complexity of Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Performance
sponsored by NetScout Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This paper outlines the best practices for collecting network and application performance information over MPLS enabled wide area networks by using the nGenius Solution's Site Monitoring feature to monitor traffic flows destined for remote sites.
Posted: 16 Jan 2006 | Published: 01 Jan 2005

NetScout Systems, Inc.

New Revenue Streams with MPLS Service Differentiation: Public Interoperability Event Test Plan and Results
sponsored by RAD Data Communications
WHITE PAPER: This interoperability event has been organized by the MPLS & Frame Relay Alliance and the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC), and hosted by Upperside.
Posted: 30 Mar 2005 | Published: 01 Jan 2004

RAD Data Communications
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MPLS DEFINITION (continued): …  it works with the Internet Protocol (IP), Asynchronous Transport Mode (ATM), and frame relay network protocols. With reference to the standard model for a network (the Open Systems Interconnection, or OSI model), MPLS allows most packets to be forwarded at the layer 2 (switching) level rather than at the layer 3 (routing) level. In addition to moving traffic faster overall, MPLS makes it easy to manage a network for quality of service (QoS). For these reasons, the technique is expected to be readily adopted as networks begin to carry more and different mixtures of traffic.Getting started with … 
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