Thought for My Day: There is an MPLS for Every Occasion Artwork

I found this slide during some research. It was so “awesome” that I though it should be framed as a piece of bad art just to prove that there is an MPLS Standard or technology for every occasion. Which there should not be and this proves that most of the MPLS standards are just silly.

An MPLS for Every Occasion - Mixed Media Artwork

About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

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  • Duane Grant

    Hi Greg,

    The only items in the chart that are *MPLS* are l3vpn, l2vpn and vpls, the rest are just virtulization technologies that are mpls like. The fact that someone chose to offer a similar capability using gre and not ldp/tdp/RSVP doesn’t make it mpls. Vrf-lite again isn’t mpls but has many use cases where someone needs to partition ip space/routes in a couple of devices and it does so simply and effectively.

    I think that all the similar tech is flattering to the mpls suite of offerings because it shows just how useful they are.

    If we want to go out on a limb, why don’t we call l2tpv3 another mpls protocol (l2vpn) and I can make the slide even longer (and incorrect).


  • Douglas Hanks

    Greg secretly loves MPLS, but hasn’t came out yet :-)

    • Greg Ferro

      I love all networking. Some parts I love a little bit less though.

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