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Tutorial: Understand Ethernet Service Standards

Published: 06 August 2007

ID: G00149361

Analyst(s): Bjarne Munch


Enterprises seeking Ethernet services should realize the technology deficiencies in current services and understand how standards impact carriers' network roll-out strategies.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Which Standards Should You Watch
  • Spanning Tree Protocol — IEEE 802.1d/w
  • Traffic Management
    • Traffic Class Expediting — IEEE 802.1p
    • Link Aggregation — IEEE 802.3ad
  • Network Scalability and Reliability
    • Provider Bridge (Q-in-Q) — IEEE 802.1ad
    • Resilient Packet Ring — IEEE 802.17
    • Provider Backbone Bridge — IEEE 802.1ah
    • Virtual Private LAN Service — Internet Engineering Task Force
    • Transport MPLS — ITU-T Study Group 15 G.8110.1
  • Operational and Maintenance
    • Demarcation Device — IEEE 802.1aj
    • Ethernet in the First Mile — 802.3ah
    • Connectivity Fault Management — IEEE 802.1ag
    • OAM Functions and Mechanisms for Ethernet-based Networks — ITU-T Y.1731
    • Ethernet Local Management Interface — MEF 16
  • Security Considerations
  • Recommendations

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