MPLS technology requires intense provisioning as dynamic label technology. MPLS as a service technology has been used to bring class of services and efficient forwarding in IP networks. The MPLS control plane has been used for over a decade to fulfill this automatic provisioning through the network.
MPLS standard has moved inside the Transport Network. Traffic Engineering (TE) has been added for the efficient process of steering traffic across networks to optimize network performance and resources. The use of TE is to manage the network links through priority, monitor carefully bandwidth in real time, bundle the links and enable the setup of backup Label Switch Paths (LSPs) that use diverse links and network elements from the primary LSP. The TE extensions include Shared Risk Link Group (SRLG) information which not only guarantees diversity as links, but also links that do not share the same optical fiber protection tube.
Marben offers strategic software components to support equipment vendors with an off-the-shelf MPLS control plane with a special focus on:
Marben portfolio focuses mainly on signaling, advertising and routing protocols with dedicated components:
MPLS-TP extensions have been recently the main focus of Standard Developing Organizations (SDOs). The intent is to push even more MPLS principles into the core network with its simplicity and its low cost with the addition of some efficient Operations, Administration and Management (OAM) facilities for such revolutionary packet based protocol. These extensions that cope with the transport networks have driven SDOs to select GMPLS as the control plane technology when required. Marben is delivering thus both technologies that might be embedded into an MPLS / MPLS-TP gateway.