Layer 2 Virtual Private Networks Using BGP for Auto-Discovery and Signaling

This RFC 6624 was published in 2012.


Layer 2 Virtual Private Networks (L2VPNs) based on Frame Relay or ATM circuits have been around a long time; more recently, Ethernet VPNs, including Virtual Private LAN Service, have become popular.
Traditional L2VPNs often required a separate Service Provider infrastructure for each type and yet another for the Internet and IP VPNs.
In addition, L2VPN provisioning was cumbersome.
This document presents a new approach to the problem of offering L2VPN services where the L2VPN customer's experience is virtually identical to that offered by traditional L2VPNs, but such that a Service Provider can maintain a single network for L2VPNs, IP VPNs, and the Internet, as well as a common provisioning methodology for all services.

RFC 6624 introduction

The earliest Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) were based on Layer 2 circuits: X.25, Frame Relay, and ATM (see [Kosiur]).
More recently, multipoint VPNs based on Ethernet Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) [RFC4761][RFC4762] have become quite popular.
In contrast, the VPNs described in this document are point-to-point, and usually called Virtual Private Wire Service (VPWS).
All of these come under the classification of Layer 2 VPNs (L2VPNs), as the customer-to-Service-Provider hand-off is at Layer 2.

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