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Day One: MPLS for Enterprise Engineers

There are many books on MPLS, even within the Day One library, but most are directed towards engineers with high levels of expertise and some networking engineers can get quite lost. This book takes a different tactic and focuses on configuring and recognizing MPLS basics, so those larger MPLS complexities seem less daunting.

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About the Author(s)

Darren O’Connor is from Cape Town, South Africa. He is a Network Architect, certified JNCIE-SP #2227 and CCIE #38070 (R/S-SP), and currently works for an ISP based in London, UK.

Author Q & A

What got you started on this book?

I feel there is a gap for experienced engineers who are new to MPLS. There are a lot of great MPLS books out there, but most don’t go over the basics quickly which is the main goal of this book. I have interviewed many engineers who are really clued up with basic routing ans switching but fall short on MPLS (which is to be expected). This book is designed for those engineers.

Who is this book for?

This book is designed for networking professionals who are moving into the Service Provider field from other non-MPLS fields. It is expected that they know basic routing and switching, but new to MPLS.

After reading this book, what’s the take away?

The user will be understand what LDP, RSVP, and BGP are used for. They'll be able to provision basic L2VPN and L3VPN customers. Basic LDP and RSVP troubleshooting is another skill that will be learned.

What are you hoping that people will learn from this book?

MPLS is a great technology and really not that difficult to learn. MPLS is very powerful and flexible and this book gives only a teaser to that power.

What do you recommend as the next item to read after this book?

Check the Juniper techpubs for more advanced Juniper techniques. MPLS Fundamentals, although Cisco-centred, is another great book on MPLS. For more advanced reading, Designing and Implementing IP/MPLS-Based Ethernet Layer 2 VPN Services: An Advanced Guide for VPLS and VLL is probably the best book I've ever read on MPLS and is almost completely vendor-neutral.

What’s your inspiration?

Sharing knowledge and understanding is a big goal of mine. This book is an extension of that goal.

What’s your favorite bit/part in the book?

Difficult question to answer, as I like the entire book. I invite the reader to let me know what their favorite part was!