Requirements For Carrier Class IP Routing ProductsInternet Protocol (IP) has become the most widely used communication protocol in the past 10 years and is now being expanded and adapted to drive the next generation network. The Internet infrastructure has become the vehicle for the delivery of services that were never envisioned when the originators of the design of the Internet Protocols started their work. Originally developed for data only, the protocols have been expanded to encompass voice, video and VPNs, among other services and applications. At the same time, these new services are requiring greater and greater bandwidth, guarantees of service, the ability to shape and engineer traffic and apply policies to certain types of traffic. While IP routing protocols are standardized and well established in the marketplace, the changes to these protocols are evolutionary, while changes in the application of them are revolutionary.
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