MPLS and Ethernet World Congress 2010: Moving Beyond Transport!
Just returning from the MPLS-Ethernet World Congress held last week in Paris, France, where I along with a few other Cisco colleagues had an opportunity to speak with customers and with peers in the industry and to present.
There were over 1000 registered participants of whom Service Providers were strongly represented internationally. The anticipated raging debate about MPLS in the Transport or MPLS-TP was simply not to be; in fact presenters started to apologize about mentioning MPLS-TP because it is no longer a debate. Customers have a choice of how they wish to use MPLS; and I see the interlock occurring not only in the industry but also across the various standards organizations and forums whether the ITU-T, the IETF, Metro Ethernet Forum and so on.
Whilst we have been witnessing the convergence of organizations and architectures (e.g. fixed-line and wireless-mobile), I am also observing a convergence between IT and networking when developing SP Cloud Architectures and services.
Service Providers have deployed MPLS backbones and have developed L2-L3 based services; and are currently exploring business models as to extend further value to these services and to their backbones in the form of SP Cloud Computing with a Network Abstraction component; hence the requirement for the two organizations, IT and Networking to collaborate together on such a model.
Perhaps at the next MPLS-Ethernet Congress 2011, we may have a dedicated SP Cloud Computing track?
As for MPLS as a technology and service enabler, well it’s still very much alive as we move thru 2010 and into 2011!