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Jan 15th, 2008

I am creating one presentation on MPLS VPN so please give me the benefits of MPLS VPN points over the Over-relay or Peer to Peer vpn model...

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mohammedmahmoud Wed, 01/16/2008 - 01:24


Below are quick brief points, you can review MPLS Fundamentals (Luc De Ghein) or MPLS and VPN architectures for more details:

Benifits of Overlay VPN:

. The best isolation and security for both the customer and the provider

. Well-known and easy implemented

. Service provider doesn't participate in the customer routing (This can be considered as a benifit or a drawback according to the case)

Benifits of Peer-to-Peer VPN:

. Scalable and easy provisioned

. Guarantees the optimum routing for the customer

Drawbacks of Overlay VPN:

. Implementing optimum routing requires full mesh between customer sites (The PVCs are point-to-point)

. The whole virtual circuits needs to be provisioned manually (administrative and maintenance headache for the provider)

Drawbacks of Peer-to-Peer VPN:

. The provider is responsible for the routing information and convergence

. The provider suffers from the customer isolation issue (high maintenance cost for packet filters) + low performance due to filtering

. All customers share the same IP space (in both models, Paket Filtering (shared-router approach) and Controlled Route Distribution (dedicated-router approach) no support for IP space overlapping)

. The Controlled Route Distribution solution requires a PE per cusomter which is not scalable

MPLS VPNs combines the best features of Overlay and Peer-to-peer VPN: (MPLS is considered an advanced form of Peer-to-Peer VPN)

. PE routers participate in customer routing and guarantee optimum routing between sites

. Easy provisioning and adding new sites

. PE isolates the customer routes in an easy and effective way as if dedicated PE for each customer (via VRFs)

. Customers can use overlapping addresses due to the perfect isolation via the VRFs


Mohammed Mahmoud.


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