Driven by massive growth in data traffic, service providers are moving toward a single packet network infrastructure supporting multiple services at lower operational costs. With MPLS-TP, a profile of MPLS is emerging as the industry standard to enable connection-oriented packet transport to meet the growing demand. MPLS continues to be under active development with new mechanisms and applications emerging from the standards bodies, continually increasing its popularity. Additionally, success and familiarity with MPLS in the core is driving service providers to deploy it into non-core network services such as access, aggregation, and backhaul networks supporting broadband, business, and mobility services. Network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) are responding by implementing new MPLS features into their core network products as well as adding MPLS features to existing non-core network devices, such as DSLAMs and cell site gateways.
As MPLS-based technologies and services continue to evolve, deploy, and increase in scale, the test challenges become increasingly more complex. Ixia continues to provide the most comprehensive test capability for validating the MPLS infrastructure and the services it supports.
Ixia helps answer critical MPLS questions, such as:
- Can my device or network reliably deliver multiple MPLS-based VPN services - L2, L3 (unicast, multicast) - simultaneously?
- Does my device maintain thousands of MPLS tunnels and pseudowires with the required level of forwarding performance?
- How high can I scale my MPLS-based VPN service?
- Does my device conform to the latest MPLS-related standards?
- Does MPLS traffic engineering provide sub-50ms recovery?
- Can I deploy my MPLS service over interfaces of all speeds, including high speed ethernet (HSE 40/100G)?
- Do I have an effective MPLS OAM toolset to troubleshoot and maintain my MPLS services?