This week, Packet Pushers’ hosts Ethan Banks and Greg Ferro queue up a discussion about a new technology, exploring EVPN with Russ White & Jeff Tantsura from Ericsson. What’s EVPN? Well, it’s short for Ethernet VPN, and it’s a way of using BGP as a routing system for MAC addresses. If that sounds like SPB or TRILL, there are some comparisons that can be drawn, but overall, EVPN is rather different. Give the show a listen, as EVPN has a number of use-cases and broad industry support — it’s an an acronym you’re likely to see again.
- What is EVPN?
- How is EVPN different from L2VPN services like EoMPLS or VPLS?
- How does EVPN work?
- What are the technical advantages of EVPN?
- What are the EVPN use-cases & benefits for the service provider?
- What about for the end customer?
- How far along in the IETF process has EVPN gotten?
- What vendors are showing support for EVPN? Are there any commercial products yet?
- Does an end user have to do anything special to support EVPN on their network? Or is it invisible to them like most service provider handoffs?
- How does EVPN relate to existing data center fabrics?
- RFC 7209 – Requirements for EVPN (IETF)
- Draft-ietf-l2vpn-evpn-07 – BGP MPLS Based Ethernet VPN (IETF)
NANOG 61 Presentation – Ethernet VPN (EVPN): Overlay Networks for Ethernet Services (Greg Hankins)
- Greg’s Whitebox Networking e-book