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Cisco Network Engineer Foundations: How MPLS Works FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

What will you learn in this network engineer fundamentals training?

This course is all about Multi-Protocol Label Switching, or MPLS, in Cisco networks. You'll first learn the theory of MPLS – what it does as an advanced routing protocol and how it compares to others. Then you'll get loads of practice actually configuring MPLS, ensuring that you understand how to use it in different use cases and environments.

Who should take this MPLS configuration course?

Anyone who works on a Cisco network and suddenly finds themselves needing to understand MPLS should take this course. That can be first-time network engineers, or network professionals recently working on Cisco, or anyone else who is suddenly responsible for understanding how applying labels to traffic can be more efficient than relying on addressing tables.

Is this training in network engineering foundations associated with any certifications?

No, this MPLS foundations course isn't associated with any particular certifications. MPLS is a complicated topic, and when you're at the point in your career where you're dealing with it, certifications tend to take many weeks of preparation. But this course won't take that long – it's a fast introduction (or re-familiarization) with how MPLS operates.

What certification should you consider after taking this course in network engineering fundamentals?

Although this MPLS course isn't designed to match up with any particular certifications, the entire course is focused on Cisco networks and equipment, so you might want to consider a CCNP-level cert after. The topic of MPLS plays a significant role on the CCNP Service Provider core exam as well as one of CCNP Enterprise's concentration exams.

Why should you take this MPLS configuration training?

You should take this course on using MPLS if you need to better understand the advanced routing solution that makes most VPNs possible. If any part of your job depends on you moving a massive network's traffic around faster and more efficiently, take this course and learn to engineer segment routing and how to implement MPLS.
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