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IP/MPLS network engineers need to understand higher layers too!

A representation of the “Internet Hourglass,” ...
A representation of the “Internet Hourglass,” with its waist as the IP(v6!) protocol. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
When discussing with specialist of routing, I am often surprised by their lack of interest for higher layers. So this post is a plaidoyer: IP/MPLS network engineers need to understand higher layers too!

IP/MPLS networks is used to transport data from higher layers. So, the constraints on IP/MPLS networks come from the services! If you do not understand the current rapid evolutions of HTTP, there are good chances you will not be able to provide sustainable designs for your MPLS networks!


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