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Applications for Interconnecting a Layer 2 Circuit with a Layer 3 VPN

MPLS-based Layer 2 services are growing in demand among enterprise and service providers. This creates new challenges related to interoperability between Layer 2 and Layer 3 services for service providers who want to provide end-to-end value-added services. There are various reasons to stitch different Layer 2 services to one another and to Layer 3 services. For example, to expand the service offerings and to expand geographically. The Junos OS has various features to address the needs of the service provider.

You can enable pseudowire services and configure a pseduowire service interface as an access point for interconnecting layer 2 circuits to layer 3 VPNs. For more information, see Pseudowire Subscriber Logical Interfaces Overview.

Interconnecting a Layer 2 Circuit with a Layer 3 VPN provides the following benefits:

  • Interconnecting a Layer 2 Circuit with a Layer 3 VPN enables the sharing of a service provider's core network infrastructure between IP and Layer 2 circuit services, reducing the cost of providing those services. A Layer 2 MPLS circuit allows service providers to create a Layer 2 circuit service over an existing IP and MPLS backbone.

  • Service providers do not have to invest in separate Layer 2 equipment to provide Layer 2 circuit service. A service provider can configure a provider edge router to run any Layer 3 protocol in addition to the Layer 2 protocols. Customers who prefer to maintain control over most of the administration of their own networks want Layer 2 circuit connections with their service provider instead of a Layer 3 VPN connection.