Monitoring of MPLS VPNs and VPLS based on BGP Signaling
Methodologies and tools to monitor the status of MPLS/VPLS VPNs over time by only relying on BGP signaling information.
The flexibility and ease of setup of MPLS Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) motivate the large and growing user base of these services. It is therefore important for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to ensure their uninterrupted operation, as also specified in service contracts.
In this research area, we are introducing a new methodology to monitor the status of MPLS VPNs and VPLS over time based on BGP signaling messages. An extensive description of the methodology can be found in the publications on this topic.
As an important part of our research, we have developed a prototype monitoring tool. One of the most important components of this tool is the so-called route collector, which permits users to collect the BGP Updates used to monitor the status of MPLS/VPLS instances deployed into a network. In order to operate, the collector requires establishing iBGP peerings with Provider Edge and/or Route Reflector routers inside the network to be monitored.
To the advantage of the community, we make the BGP route collector tweaked for MPLS/VPLS monitoring available for download in two flavors:Ready-to-use Virtual Machine (~220MB) Standalone Package (~6MB)
Setup instructions for both versions are available in the form of a README file.
For any questions and support please contact Giorgio Sadolfo.