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   INTERNET DRAFT                                             M. Carugi
   Internet Engineering Task Force                      Nortel Networks
   Document:                                                 D. McDysan
   draft-ietf-l3vpn-requirements-00.txt                             MCI
   April 2003                                              (Co-Editors)
   Category: Informational
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   Service requirements for Layer 3 Provider Provisioned Virtual
   Private Networks:
   <draft-ietf-l3vpn-requirements-00.txt >
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   This document provides requirements for Layer 3 Provider Provisioned
   Virtual Private Networks (PPVPNs). It identifies requirements
   applicable to a number of individual approaches that a Service
   Provider may use for the provisioning of a VPN service. This
   document expresses a service provider perspective, based upon past
   experience of IP-based service offerings and the ever-evolving needs
   of the customers of such services. Toward this end, it first defines
   terminology and states general requirements. Detailed requirements
   are expressed from a customer as well as a service provider
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   Conventions used in this document
   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 ([RFC-
   Table of Contents
   1 Introduction....................................................5
 1.1  Scope of this document.........................................5
 1.2  Outline........................................................5
   2 Contributing Authors............................................6
   3 Definitions.....................................................6
 3.1  Virtual Private Network Components.............................6
 3.2  Users, Sites, Customers and Agents.............................6
     3.3  Intranets, Extranets, and VPNs     7
 3.4  Networks of Customer and Provider Devices......................7
 3.5  Access Networks, Tunnels, and Hierarchical Tunnels.............8
 3.6  Use of Tunnels and roles of CE and PE in L3 PPVPNs.............8
   3.6.1   PE-Based Layer 3 PPVPNs and Virtual Forwarding Instances..8
   3.6.2   CE-Based PPVPN Tunnel Endpoints and Functions............10
 3.7  Customer and Provider Network Management......................10
   4 Service Requirements Common to Customers and Service Providers.11
 4.1  Traffic Types.................................................11
 4.2  Topology......................................................11
 4.3  Isolated Exchange of Data and Routing Information.............11
 4.4  Security......................................................12
   4.4.1   User data security.......................................12
   4.4.2   Access control...........................................12
   4.4.3   Site authentication and authorization....................12
 4.5  Addressing....................................................12
 4.6  Quality of Service............................................13
   4.6.1   QoS Standards............................................13
   4.6.2   Service Models...........................................14
 4.7  Service Level Specification and Agreements....................15
 4.8  Management....................................................16
 4.9  Interoperability..............................................16
 4.10 Interworking..................................................17
   5 Customer Requirements..........................................17
 5.1  VPN Membership (Intranet/Extranet)............................17
 5.2  Service Provider Independence.................................17
 5.3  Addressing....................................................17
 5.4  Routing Protocol Support......................................18
 5.5  Quality of Service and Traffic Parameters.....................18
   5.5.1   Application Level QoS Objectives.........................18
   5.5.2   DSCP Transparency........................................18
 5.6  Service Level Specification/Agreement.........................19
 5.7  Customer Management of a VPN..................................19
 5.8  Isolation.....................................................19
 5.9  Security......................................................19
 5.10 Migration Impact..............................................20
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 5.11 Network Access................................................20
   5.11.1  Physical/Link Layer Technology...........................20
   5.11.2  Temporary Access.........................................21
   5.11.3  Sharing of the Access Network............................21
   5.11.4  Access Connectivity......................................21
 5.12 Service Access................................................23
   5.12.1  Internet Access..........................................23
   5.12.2  Hosting, Application Service Provider....................23
   5.12.3  Other Services...........................................24
 5.13 Hybrid VPN Service Scenarios..................................24
   6 Service Provider Network Requirements..........................24
 6.1  Scalability...................................................24
   6.1.1   Service Provider Capacity Sizing Projections.............24
   6.1.2   Solution-Specific Metrics................................25
 6.2  Addressing....................................................26
 6.3  Identifiers...................................................26
 6.4  Discovering VPN Related Information...........................27
 6.5  SLA and SLS Support...........................................27
 6.6  Quality of Service (QoS) and Traffic Engineering..............28
 6.7  Routing.......................................................28
 6.8  Isolation of Traffic and Routing..............................29
 6.9  Security......................................................29
   6.9.1   Support for Securing Customer Flows......................29
   6.9.2   Authentication Services..................................30
   6.9.3   Resource Protection......................................30
 6.10 Inter-AS (SP)VPNs.............................................31
   6.10.1  Routing Protocols........................................31
   6.10.2  Management...............................................32
   6.10.3  Bandwidth and QoS Brokering..............................32
   6.10.4  Security Considerations..................................32
 6.11 PPVPN Wholesale...............................................33
 6.12 Tunneling Requirements........................................33
 6.13 Support for Access and Backbone Technologies..................34
   6.13.1  Dedicated Access Networks................................34
   6.13.2  On-Demand Access Networks................................34
   6.13.3  Backbone Networks........................................34
 6.14 Protection, Restoration.......................................35
 6.15 Interoperability..............................................35
 6.16 Migration Support.............................................36
   7 Service Provider Management Requirements.......................36
 7.1  Fault management..............................................36
 7.2  Configuration Management......................................37
   7.2.1   Configuration Management for PE-Based VPNs...............38
   7.2.2   Configuration management for CE-based VPN................38
   7.2.3   Provisioning Routing.....................................39
   7.2.4   Provisioning Network Access..............................39
   7.2.5   Provisioning Security Services...........................39
   7.2.6   Provisioning VPN Resource Parameters.....................39
   7.2.7   Provisioning Value-Added Service Access..................39
   7.2.8   Provisioning Hybrid VPN Services.........................41
 7.3  Accounting....................................................41
 7.4  Performance Management........................................41
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   7.4.1   Performance Monitoring...................................41
   7.4.2   SLA and QoS management features..........................42
 7.5  Security Management...........................................42
   7.5.1   Management Access Control................................42
   7.5.2   Authentication...........................................42
 7.6  Network Management Techniques.................................43
   8 Security Considerations........................................43
   9 Acknowledgements...............................................44
   10 References.....................................................44
 10.1 Normative References..........................................44
 10.2 Non-normative References......................................45
   11 Authors' address...............................................46
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   1 Introduction
   This section describes the scope and outline of the document.
   1.1 Scope of this document
   This document provides requirements specific to Layer 3 Provider
   Provisioned Virtual Private Networks (PPVPN). Requirements that are
   generic to L2 and L3 VPNs are contained in [PPVPN-GR]. It identifies
   requirements that may apply to one or more individual approaches
   that a Service Provider may use for the provisioning of a Layer 3
   (e.g., IP) VPN service. The content of this document makes use of
   the terminologies and common components for deploying Layer 3 PPVPNs
   defined in [PPVPN-FR].
   The specification of any technical means to provide PPVPN services
   is outside the scope of this document. Other documents, such as the
   framework document [PPVPN-FR] and several sets of documents, one set
   per each individual technical approach providing PPVPN services, are
   intended to cover this aspect.
   This document describes requirements for two types of network-based
   L3 PPVPNs: aggregated routing VPNs [RFC2547bis] and virtual routers
   [PPVPN-VR] and one type of CE-based PPVPN [IPsec-PPVPN].  The
   approach followed in this document distinguishes PPVPN types as to
   where the endpoints of tunnels exist as detailed in the PPVPN
   framework document [PPVPN-FR]. Terminology regarding whether
   equipment faces a customer or the service provider network is used
   to define the various types of PPVPN solutions.
   This document is intended as a "checklist" of requirements that will
   provide a consistent way to evaluate and document how well each
   individual approach satisfies specific requirements. The
   applicability statement documents for each individual approach
   should document the results of this evaluation.
   This document provides requirements from several points of view. It
   begins with common customer and service provider point of view,
   followed by a customer perspective, and concludes with specific
   needs of a Service Provider (SP). These requirements provide high-
   level PPVPN features expected by an SP in provisioning PPVPN to make
   them beneficial to his or her customers. These general requirements
   include SP requirements for security, privacy, manageability,
   interoperability and scalability, including service provider
   projections for number, complexity, and rate of change of customer
   VPNs over the next several years.
   1.2 Outline
   The outline of the rest of this document is as follows. Section 2
   defines terminology. Section 3 provides common requirements that
   apply to both customer and service providers. Section 4 states
   requirements from a customer perspective. Section 5 states network
   requirements from a service provider perspective. Section 6 states
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   service provider management requirements. Section 7 describes
   security considerations. Section 8 lists acknowledgements. Section 9
   provides a list of references cited herein. Section 10 lists the
   authorÆs addresses.
   2 Contributing Authors
   This document was the combined effort of the editors and the
   following authors who contributed to this document:
     Luyuan Fang
     Ananth Nagarajan
     Junichi Sumimoto
     Rick Wilder
   3 Definitions
   This section provides the definition of terms and concepts used
   throughout the document.
   [Editor's Note: this section may be moved to another PPVPN RFC that
   defines terminology.]
   3.1 Virtual Private Network Components
   This document uses the word ôprivateö in VPN in the sense of
   ownership, which is different from the use of the similar word
   ôprivacyö used in discussions regarding security. The term ôvirtual
   privateö means that the offered service retains at least some
   aspects of a privately owned customer network.
   The term "Virtual Private Network" (VPN) refers to the communication
   between a set of sites, making use of a shared network
   infrastructure. Multiple sites of a private network may therefore
   communicate via the public infrastructure, in order to facilitate
   the operation of the private network. The logical structure of the
   VPN, such as topology, addressing, connectivity, reachability, and
   access control, is equivalent to part of or all of a conventional
   private network using private facilities.
   The term ôProvider Provisioned VPNö refers to VPNs for which the
   service provider participates in management and provisioning of the
   3.2 Users, Sites, Customers and Agents
   User: A user is an entity (e.g., a human being using a host, a
   server, or a system) that has been authorized to use a VPN service.
   Site: A site is a set of users that have mutual IP reachability
   without use of a specific service provider network. A site may
   consist of a set of users that are in geographic proximity.
   However, two geographic locations connected via another provider's
   network would also constitute a single site since communication
   between the two locations does not involve the use of the service
   provider offering the VPN service.
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   Customer: A single organization, corporation, or enterprise that
   administratively controls a set of sites.
   Agent: A set of users designated by a customer who has the
   authorization to manage a customer's VPN service offering.
   3.3 Intranets, Extranets, and VPNs
   Intranet: An intranet restricts communication to a set of sites that
   belong to one customer. An example is branch offices at different
   sites that require communication to a headquarters site.
   Extranet: An extranet allows the specification of communication
   between a set of sites that belong to different customers. In other
   words, two or more organizations have access to a specified set of
   each other's sites.  Examples of an extranet scenario include
   multiple companies cooperating in joint software development, a
   service provider having access to information from the vendors'
   corporate sites, different companies, or universities participating
   in a consortium.  An extranet often has further restrictions on
   reachability, for example, at the host and individual transport
   Note that an intranet or extranet can exist across a single service
   provider network or across multiple service providers.
   Virtual Private Network (VPN): The term VPN is used within this
   document to refer to a specific set of sites as either an intranet
   or an extranet that have been configured to allow communication.
   Note that a site is a member of at least one VPN, and may be a
   member of many VPNs.
   3.4 Networks of Customer and Provider Devices
   PPVPNs are composed of the following types of devices.
   Customer Edge (CE) device: A CE device faces the users at a customer
   site. The CE has an access connection to a PE device. It may be a
   router or a switch that allows users at a customer site to
   communicate over the access network with other sites in the VPN. In
   a CE-based PPVPN, the service provider manages (at least partially)
   the CE device.
   Provider Edge (PE) device: A PE device faces the provider network on
   one side and attaches via an access connection over one or more
   access networks to one or more CE devices. It may be a router or a
   label switching-router.
   Note that the definitions of Customer Edge and Provider Edge do not
   necessarily map to the physical deployment of equipment on customer
   premises or a provider point of presence.
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   Provider (P) device: A device within a provider network that
   interconnects PE devices, but does not have any direct attachment to
   Service Provider (SP) network: An SP network is a set of
   interconnected PE and P devices administered by a single service
   3.5 Access Networks, Tunnels, and Hierarchical Tunnels
   VPNs are built between CEs using access networks, tunnels, and
   hierarchical tunnels.
   Access connection: An access connection provides connectivity
   between a CE and a PE. This includes dedicated physical circuits,
   virtual circuits, such as frame Relay or ATM, Ethernet, or IP
   tunnels (e.g., IPsec, L2TP).
   Access network: An access network provides access connections
   between CE and PE devices.  It may be a TDM network, L2 network
   (e.g. FR, ATM, and Ethernet), or an IP network over which access is
   tunneled (e.g., using L2TP [RFC2661]).
   Tunnel: A tunnel between two entities is formed by encapsulating
   packets within another encapsulating header for purpose of
   transmission between those two entities in support of a VPN
   application. Examples of protocols commonly used for tunneling are:
   GRE, IPsec, IP-in-IP tunnels, and MPLS.
   Hierarchical Tunnel: Encapsulating one tunnel within another forms a
   hierarchical tunnel. The innermost tunnel protocol header defines a
   logical association between two entities (e.g., between CEs or PEs)
   [VPN TUNNEL]. Note that the tunneling protocols need not be the same
   at different levels in a hierarchical tunnel.
   3.6 Use of Tunnels and roles of CE and PE in L3 PPVPNs
   This section summarizes the point where tunnels terminate and the
   functions implemented in the CE and PE devices that differentiate
   the two major categories of PPVPNs for which requirements are
   stated, namely PE-based and CE-based PPVPNs. See the PPVPN framework
   document for more detail [PPVPN-FR].
   3.6.1 PE-Based Layer 3 PPVPNs and Virtual Forwarding Instances
   In a PE-based layer 3 PPVPN service, a customer site receives IP
   layer (i.e., layer 3) service from the SP. The PE is attached via an
   access connection to one or more CEs. The PE performs forwarding of
   user data packets based on information in the IP layer header, such
   as an IPv4 or IPv6 destination address. The CE sees the PE as a
   layer 3 device such as an IPv4 or IPv6 router.
   Virtual Forwarding Instance (VFI): In a PE-based layer 3 VPN
   service, the PE contains a VFI for each L3 VPN that it serves. The
   VFI terminates tunnels for interconnection with other VFIs and also
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   terminates access connections for accommodating CEs. VFI contains
   information regarding how to forward data received over the access
   connection to the CE to VFIs in other PEs supporting the same L3
   VPN. The VFI includes the router information base and forwarding
   information base for a L3 VPN [PPVPN-FR]. A VFI enables router
   functions dedicated to serving a particular VPN, such as separation
   of forwarding and routing and support for overlapping address
   spaces.  Routing protocols in the PEs and the CEs interact to
   populate the VFI.
   The following narrative and figures provide further explanation of
   the way PE devices use tunnels and hierarchical tunnels. Figure 3.1
   illustrates the case where a PE uses a separate tunnel for each VPN.
   As shown in the figure, the tunnels provide communication between
   the virtual switching/forwarding instances in each of the PE
                  +----------+              +----------+
   +-----+        |PE device |              |PE device |        +-----+
   | CE  |        |          |              |          |        | CE  |
   | dev | Access | +------+ |              | +------+ | Access | dev |
   | of  |  conn. | |VFI of| |    Tunnel    | |VFI of| |  conn. | of  |
   |VPN A|----------|VPN A |==================|VPN A |----------|VPN A|
   +-----+        | +------+ |              | +------+ |        +-----+
                  |          |              |          |
   +-----+ Access | +------+ |              | +------+ | Access +-----+
   |CE   |  conn. | |VFI of| |    Tunnel    | |VFI of| |  conn. | CE  |
   | dev |----------|VPN B |==================|VPN B |----------| dev |
   | of  |        | +------+ |              | +------+ |        | of  |
   |VPN B|        |          |              |          |        |VPN B|
   +-----+        +----------+              +----------+        +-----+
        Figure 3.1 PE Usage of Separate Tunnels to Support VPNs
   Figure 3.2 illustrates the case where a single hierarchical tunnel
   is used between PE devices to support communication for VPNs. The
   innermost encapsulating protocol header provides the means for the
   PE to determine the VPN for which the packet is directed.
                  +----------+              +----------+
   +-----+        |PE device |              |PE device |        +-----+
   | CE  |        |          |              |          |        | CE  |
   | dev | Access | +------+ |              | +------+ | Access | dev |
   | of  |  conn. | |VFI of| |              | |VFI of| |  conn. | of  |
   |VPN A|----------|VPN A | | Hierarchical   |VPN A |----------|VPN A|
   +-----+        | +------+\|   Tunnel     | +------+ |        +-----+
                  |          >==================<          |
   +-----+ Access | +------+/|              |\+------+ | Access +-----+
   | CE  |  conn. | |VFI of| |              | |VFI of| |  conn. | CE  |
   | dev |----------|VPN B | |              | |VPN B |----------| dev |
   | of  |        | +------+ |              | +------+ |        | of  |
   |VPN B|        |          |              |          |        |VPN B|
   +-----+        +----------+              +----------+        +-----+
  Figure 3.2 PE Usage of a Shared Hierarchical Tunnels to Support VPNs
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   3.6.2 CE-Based PPVPN Tunnel Endpoints and Functions
   Figure 3.3 illustrates the CE-based L3 VPN reference model. In this
   configuration, typically a single level of tunnel (e.g., IPsec)
   terminates at pairs of CEs. Usually, a CE serves a single customer
   site and therefore the forwarding and routing is physically separate
   from all other customers. Furthermore, the PE is not aware of the
   membership of specific CE devices to a particular VPN. Hence, the
   VPN functions are implemented using provisioned configurations on
   the CE devices and the shared PE and P network is used to only
   provide the routing and forwarding that supports the tunnel
   endpoints on between CE devices. The tunnel topology connecting the
   CE devices may be a full or partial mesh, depending upon VPN
   customer requirements and traffic patterns.
       +---------+  +--------------------------------+  +---------+
       |         |  |                                |  |         |
       |         |  |                 +------+     +------+  : +------+
   +------+ :    |  |                 |      |     |      |  : |  CE  |
   |  CE  | :    |  |                 |  P   |     |  PE  |  : |device|
   |device| :  +------+    Tunnel     |router|     |device|  : |  of  |
   |  of  |=:================================================:=|VPN  A|
   |VPN  A| :  |      |               +------+     +------+  : +------+
   +------+ :  |  PE  |                              |  |    :    |
   +------+ :  |device|                              |  |    :    |
   |  CE  | :  |      |           Tunnel           +------+  : +------+
   |device|=:================================================:=|  CE  |
   |  of  | :  +------+                            |  PE  |  : |device|
   |VPN  B| :    |  |                              |device|  : |  of  |
   +------+ :    |  |  +----------+   +----------+ |      |  : |VPN  B|
       |    :    |  |  | Customer |   | Network  | +------+  : +------+
       |Customer |  |  |management|   |management|   |  |    :    |
       |interface|  |  | function |   | function |   |  |Customer |
       |         |  |  +----------+   +----------+   |  |interface|
       |         |  |                                |  |         |
       +---------+  +--------------------------------+  +---------+
       | Access  |  |<-------- SP network(s) ------->|  | Access  |
       | network |  |                                |  | network |
            Figure 3.3 Provider Provisioned CE-based L3 VPN
   3.7 Customer and Provider Network Management
   Customer Network Management Function: A Customer network management
   function provides the means for a customer agent to query or
   configure customer specific information, or receive alarms regarding
   his or her VPN. Customer specific information includes data related
   to contact, billing, site, access network, IP address, routing
   protocol parameters, etc. It may also include confidential data,
   such as encryption keys. It may use a combination of proprietary
   network management system, SNMP manager, or directory service (e.g.,
   LDAP [RFC1777] [RFC2251]).
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   Provider Network Management Function: A provider network management
   function provides many of the same capabilities as a customer
   network management system across all customers. This would not
   include customer confidential information, such as keying material.
   The intent of giving the provider a view comparable to that of
   customer network management is to aid in troubleshooting and problem
   resolution. Such a system also provides the means to query,
   configure, or receive alarms regarding any infrastructure supporting
   the PPVPN service. It may use a combination of proprietary network
   management system, SNMP manager, or directory service (e.g., LDAP
   [RFC1777] [RFC2251]).
   4 Service Requirements Common to Customers and Service Providers
   This section contains requirements that apply to both the customer
   and the provider, or are of an otherwise general nature.
   [Editor's Note: Some of the material in this section is generic to
   L2 and L3 VPNs and may be deleted if the draft proposed for [PPVPN-
   GR] is accepted.]
   4.1 Traffic Types
   PPVPN services must support unicast traffic and should support
   multicast traffic.  It is highly desirable to support L3 multicast
   limited in scope to an intranet or extranet. The solution should be
   able to support a large number of such intranet or extranet specific
   multicast groups in a scalable manner.
   4.2 Topology
   A PPVPN should support arbitrary, customer agent defined inter-site
   connectivity, ranging, for example, from hub-and-spoke, partial mesh
   to full mesh topology. To the extent possible, a PPVPN service
   should be independent of the geographic extent of the deployment.
   A PPVPN should support multiple VPNs per customer site.
   To the extent possible, the PPVPN services should be independent of
   access network technology.
   4.3 Isolated Exchange of Data and Routing Information
   A mechanism for isolating the distribution of reachability
   information to only those sites associated with a VPN must be
   PPVPN solutions shall define means that prevent routers in a VPN
   from interaction with unauthorized entities and avoid introducing
   undesired routing information that could corrupt the VPN
   routing information base [VPN-CRIT].
   A means to constrain, or isolate, the distribution of addressed data
   to only those VPN sites determined either by routing data and/or
   configuration must be provided.
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   A single site shall be capable of being in multiple VPNs. The VPN
   solution must ensure that traffic is exchanged only with those sites
   that are in the same VPN.
   The internal structure of a VPN should not be advertised nor
   discoverable from outside that VPN.
   Note that isolation of forwarded data and/or exchange of
   reachability information to only those sites that are part of a VPN
   may be viewed as a form of security, for example, [Y.1311.1],[MPLS
   4.4 Security
   A range of security features should be supported by the suite of
   PPVPN solutions [VPN SEC]. Each PPVPN solution should state which
   security features it supports and how such features can be
   configured on a per customer basis.
   4.4.1 User data security
   PPVPN solutions that support user data security should use standard
   methods (e.g., IPsec) to achieve confidentiality, integrity,
   authentication and replay attack prevention.
   4.4.2 Access control
   A PPVPN solution may also have the ability to activate the
   appropriate filtering capabilities upon request of a customer [VPN-
   NEEDS]. A filter provides a mechanism so that access control can be
   invoked at the point(s) of communication between different
   organizations involved in an extranet. Access control can be
   implemented by a firewall, access control lists on routers or
   similar mechanisms to apply policy-based access control to transit
   4.4.3 Site authentication and authorization
   A L3 VPN solution requires authentication and authorization of the
    - temporary and permanent access for users connecting to sites
   (authentication and authorization BY the site)
    - the site itself (authentication and authorization FOR the site)
   4.5 Addressing
   A service provider shall accept unique IP addresses obtained by a
   customer or be capable of providing unique IP addresses to a
   customer. In the event that IP addresses are not unique, an L3 VPN
   service shall support overlapping customer addresses, for example
   non-unique private IP addresses [RFC1918].
   IP addresses must be unique within the set of sites reachable from
   the VPNs of which a particular site is a member.
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   A VPN solution must support IPv4 and IPv6 as both the encapsulating
   and encapsulated protocol.
   A VPN service should be capable of translating customer private IP
   addresses for communicating with IP systems having public addresses.
   FR and ATM link layer identifiers (i.e., DLCI and VPI/VCI) shall be
   unique only on a physical interface basis.
   Normally, Ethernet MAC addresses on access connections are globally
   4.6 Quality of Service
   To the extent possible, L3 VPN QoS should be independent of the
   access network technology.
   4.6.1 QoS Standards
   According to the PPVPN charter, a non-goal is the development of new
   protocols or extension of existing ones. Therefore, with regards to
   QoS support, a PPPVN shall be able to support QoS in one or more of
   the following already standardized modes:
     - Best Effort  (support mandatory for all PPVPN types)
     - Aggregate CE Interface Level QoS (i.e., ôhoseö level)
     - Site-to-site, or ôpipeö level QoS
     - Intserv (i.e., RSVP) signaled
     - Diffserv marked
     - Across packet-switched access networks
   Note that all cases involving QoS may require that the CE and/or PE
   perform shaping and/or policing.
   PPVPN CE should be capable of supporting integrated services
   (Intserv) for certain customers in support of session applications,
   such as switched voice or video. Intserv-capable CE devices shall
   support the following Internet standards:
     - Resource reSerVation Protocol (RSVP) [RFC 2205]
     - Guaranteed Quality of Service providing a strict delay bound
       [RFC 2212]
     -Controlled Load Service providing performance equivalent to that
   of an unloaded network [RFC 2211]
   PPVPN CE and PE should be capable of supporting differentiated
   service (diffserv). In diffserv Per Hop Behavior PHB - a description
   of the externally observable forwarding behavior of a DS node
   applied to a particular DS behavior aggregate [RFC 2475].  Diffserv-
   capable PPVPN CE and PE shall support the following per hop behavior
   (PHB) types:
     - Expedited Forwarding (EF) - the departure rate of an aggregate
   class of traffic from a router that must equal or exceed a
   configured rate [RFC 3246].
     - Assured Forwarding (AF) - is a means for a provider DS domain to
   offer different levels of forwarding assurances for IP packets
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   received from a customer DS domain.  Four AF classes are defined,
   where each AF class is in each DS node allocated a certain amount of
   forwarding resources (e.g., buffer space and bandwidth) [RFC 2597].
   A customer, CE, or PE device supporting a L3 VPN service may
   classify a packet for a particular Intserv or Diffserv service based
   on upon one or more of the following IP header fields: protocol ID,
   source port number, destination port number, destination address, or
   source address.
   For a specifiable set of Internet traffic, L3 PPVPN devices should
   support Random Early Detection (RED) to provide graceful degradation
   in the event of network congestion.
   The need to provide QoS will occur primarily in the access network,
   since that will often be the bottleneck. This is likely to occur
   since the backbone effectively statistically multiplexes many users,
   is traffic engineered, and in some cases also includes capacity for
   restoration and growth. There are two directions of QoS management
   that must be considered in any PPVPN service regarding QoS:
     - From the CE across the access network to the PE
     - From the PE across the access network to CE
   PPVPN CE and PE devices should be capable of supporting QoS across a
   subset of the access networks defined in section 5.11, such as:
     - ATM Virtual Connections (VCs)
     - Frame Relay Data Link Connection Identifiers (DLCIs)
     - 802.1d Prioritized Ethernet
     - MPLS-based access
     - Multilink Multiclass PPP
     - QoS-enabled wireless (e.g., LMDS, MMDS)
     - Cable modem [DOCSIS 1.1]
     - QoS-enabled Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
   4.6.2 Service Models
   A service provider must be able to offer QoS service to a customer
   for at least the following generic service types: managed access VPN
   service or an edge-to-edge QoS service.
   A managed access L3 PPVPN service provides QoS on the access
   connection between the CE and the PE. For example, diffserv would be
   enabled only on the CE router and the customer-facing ports of the
   PE router. Note that this service would not require implementation
   of DiffServ in the SP IP backbone. The SP may use policing for
   inbound traffic at the PE. The CE may perform shaping for outbound
   traffic. Another example of a managed access L3 VPN service is where
   the SP performs the packet classification and diffserv marking. An
   SP may provide several packet classification profiles that customers
   may select, or may offer a service that offers custom profiles based
   upon customer specific requirements. In general, more complex QoS
   policies should be left to the customer for implementation.
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   An edge-to-edge QoS VPN service provides QoS from provider edge to
   provider edge. The provider edge may be either PE or CE depending
   upon the service demarcation point between the provider and the
   customer. Such a service may be provided across one or more provider
   backbones. The CE requirements for this service model are the same
   as the managed access VPN service. However, in this service QoS is
   provided from one edge of the SP network(s) to the other edge.
   4.7 Service Level Specification and Agreements
   A Service Level Specification (SLS) may be defined per access
   network connection, per VPN, per VPN site, and/or per VPN route. The
   service provider may define objectives and the measurement interval
   for at least the SLS using the following Service Level Objective
   (SLO) parameters:
     O QoS and traffic parameters for the Intserv flow or Diffserv class
     O Availability for the site, VPN, or access connection
     O Duration of outage intervals per site, route or VPN
     O Service activation interval (e.g., time to turn up a new site)
     O Trouble report response time interval
     O Time to repair interval
     O Total traffic offered to the site, route or VPN
     O Measure of non-conforming traffic for the site, route or VPN
   The above list contains items from [Y.1241], as well as other items
   typically part of SLAs for currently deployed VPN services [FRF.13].
   See RFC 3198 for generic definitions of SLS, SLA, and SLO.
   The provider network management system shall measure, and report as
   necessary, whether measured performance meets or fails to meet the
   above SLS objectives.
   The service provider and the customer may negotiate a contractual
   arrangement that includes a Service Level Agreement (SLA) regarding
   compensation if the provider does not meet an SLS performance
   objective. Details of such compensation are outside the scope of
   this document.
   SLS measurements for quality based on the DiffServ scheme should be
   based upon the following classification [Y.1311.1]:
     A Point-to-Point SLS, sometimes also referred to as the "Pipe"
     model, defines traffic parameters in conjunction with the QoS
     objectives for traffic exchanged between a pair of VPN sites (i.e.,
     points). A Point-to-Point SLS is analogous to the SLS typically
     supported over point-to-point Frame Relay or ATM PVCs or an edge-
     to-edge MPLS tunnel. The set of SLS specifications to all other
     reachable VPN sites would define the overall Point-to-Point SLS for
     a specific site.
     A Point-to-Cloud SLS, sometimes also referred as the "Hose" model,
     defines traffic parameters in conjunction with the QoS objectives
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     for traffic exchanged between a CE and a PE for traffic destined to
     a set (either all or a subset) of other sites in the VPN (i.e., the
     cloud), as applicable. In other words, a point-to-cloud SLS defines
     compliance in terms of all packets transmitted from a given VPN
     site toward the SP network on an aggregate basis (i.e., regardless
     of the destination VPN site of each packet).
     A Cloud-to-Point SLS, is the case where flows originating from
     multiple sources may congest the interface from the network toward
     a specific site, which this SLS does not cover.
   Traffic parameters and actions should be defined for packets to and
   from the demarcation between the service provider and the site. For
   example, policing may be defined on ingress and shaping on egress.
   4.8 Management
   An SP and its customers must be able to manage the capabilities and
   characteristics of their VPN services. To the extent possible,
   automated operations and interoperability with standard management
   platforms should be supported.
   The ITU-T Telecommunications Management Network (TMN) model has the
   following generic requirements structure:
     O Engineer, deploy and manage the switching, routing and
     transmission resources supporting the service, from a network
     perspective (network element management);
     O Manage the VPNs deployed over these resources (network
     o Manage the VPN service (service management);
     o Manage the VPN business, mainly provisioning    administrative
     and accounting information related to the VPN service customers
     (business management).
   Service management should include the TMN 'FCAPS' functionalities,
   as follows: Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Provisioning, and
   Security, as detailed in section 7.
   4.9 Interoperability
   Each technical solution should support the Internet standards (in
   terms of compatibility and modularity).
   Multi-vendor interoperability at network element, network and
   service levels among different implementations of the same technical
   solution should be guaranteed (that will likely rely on the
   completeness of the corresponding standard). This is a central
   requirement for SPs and customers.
   The technical solution must be multi-vendor interoperable not only
   within the SP network infrastructure, but also with the customer's
   network equipment and services making usage of the PPVPN service.
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   4.10  Interworking
   Interworking scenarios among different solutions providing PPVPN
   services is highly desirable. See the PPVPN framework document for
   more details on interworking scenarios [PPVPN-FR]. Interworking
   should be supported in a scalable manner.
   Interworking scenarios must consider at least traffic and routing
   isolation, security, QoS, access, and management aspects. This
   requirement is essential in the case of network migration, to ensure
   service continuity among sites belonging to different portions of
   the network.
   5 Customer Requirements
   This section captures additional requirements from a customer
   5.1 VPN Membership (Intranet/Extranet)
   When an extranet is formed, a customer agent from each of the
   organizations must approve addition of a site to an extranet VPN.
   The intent of this requirement is to ensure that both organizations
   approve extranet communication before the PPVPN allows exchange of
   traffic and routing information.
   5.2 Service Provider Independence
   Customers may require VPN service that spans multiple administrative
   domains or service provider networks. Therefore, a VPN service must
   be able to span multiple AS and SP networks, but still act and
   appear as a single, homogenous VPN from a customer point of view.
   A customer might also start with a VPN provided in a single AS with
   a certain SLA but then ask for an expansion of the service spanning
   multiple ASs/SPs. In this case, as well as for all kinds of multi-
   AS/SP VPNs, VPN service should be able to deliver the same SLA to
   all sites in a VPN regardless of the AS/SP to which it homes.
   5.3 Addressing
   A customer requires support from a L3 VPN for the following
   addressing IP assignment schemes:
     o customer assigned, non-unique, or RFC 1918 private addresses
     o globally unique addresses obtained by the customer
     o globally unique addresses statically assigned by the PPVPN
     service provider
     o on-demand, dynamically assigned IP addresses (e.g., DHCP),
     irrespective of whether the access is temporary (e.g., remote) or
     permanent (i.e., dedicated)
   In the case of combined L3 PPVPN service with non-unique or private
   addresses and Internet access, mechanisms that permit the exchange
   of traffic between the customer's private address space and the
   global unique Internet address space must be supported, for example,
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   5.4 Routing Protocol Support
   There should be no restriction on the routing protocols used between
   CE and PE routers, or between CE routers. At least the following
   protocols must be supported: static routing, IGP, such as RIP, OSPF,
   IS-IS, and BGP [PPVPN-FR].
   5.5 Quality of Service and Traffic Parameters
   QoS is expected to be an important aspect of a PPVPN service for
   some customers. QoS requirements cover scenarios involving an
   intranet, an extranet, as well as shared access between a VPN site
   and the Internet.
   5.5.1 Application Level QoS Objectives
   A customer is concerned primarily that the PPVPN service provide his
   or her application has the QoS and level of traffic such that the
   application performs acceptably. Pseudo-wires (e.g., SONET
   emulation) voice and interactive video, and multimedia applications
   are expected to require the most stringent QoS. These real-time
   applications are sensitive to delay, delay variation, loss,
   availability and/or reliability. Another set of applications
   requires near real time performance. Examples are multimedia,
   interactive video, high-performance web browsing and file transfer
   intensive applications. Finally, best effort applications are not
   sensitive to degradation. That is, they are elastic and can adapt to
   conditions of degraded performance.
   The selection of appropriate QoS and service type to meet specific
   application requirements is particularly important to deal with
   periods of congestion in a SP network. Sensitive applications will
   likely select per-flow Integrated service (Intserv) with precise SLA
   guarantees measured on a per flow basis. On the other hand, non-
   sensitive applications will likely rely on a Differentiated service
   (Diffserv) class-based QoS.
   The fundamental customer application requirement is that a PPVPN
   solution must support both the Intserv QoS model for selected
   individual flows, and Diffserv for aggregated flows.
   A customer application should experience consistent QoS independent
   of the access network technology used at different sites connected
   to the same VPN.
   5.5.2 DSCP Transparency
   The Diffserv Code Point (DSCP) set by a user as received by the
   ingress CE should be capable of being relayed transparently to the
   egress CE [See section 2.6.2 of RFC 3270 and Y.1311.1]. Although RFC
   2475 states that interior or boundary nodes within a providerÆs
   Diffserv domain may change the DSCP, customer VPNs may have other
   requirements, such as:
     o Applications that use the DSCP in a manner differently than the
     DSCP solution supported by the SP network(s);
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     o Customers using more DSCPs within their sites than the SP
     network(s) supports;
     o Support for a carriers' carrier service where one SP is the
     customer of another PPVPN SP. Such an SP should be able to resell
     VPN service to his or her VPN customers independently of the DSCP
     mapping solution supported by the carriersÆ carrier SP.
   Note that support for DSCP transparency has no implication on the
   QoS or SLA requirements. If an SP supports DSCP transparency, then
   that SP needs to only carry the DSCP values across its domain, but
   may map the received DSCP to some other value for QoS support across
   its domain.
   5.6 Service Level Specification/Agreement
   Most customers simply want their applications to perform well. An
   SLA is a vehicle for customer recourse in the event that SP(s) do
   not perform or manage a VPN service well in a measurable sense.
   Therefore, when purchasing service under an SLA, a customer agent
   must have access to the measures from the SP(s) that support the
   5.7 Customer Management of a VPN
   A customer must have a means to view the topology, operational
   state, order status, and other parameters associated with his or her
   All aspects of management information about CE devices and customer
   attributes of a PPVPN manageable by an SP should be capable of being
   configured and maintained by an authenticated, authorized customer
   A customer agent should be able to make dynamic requests for changes
   to traffic parameters. A customer should be able to receive real-
   time response from the SP network in response to these requests.
   One example of such as service is a "Dynamic Bandwidth management"
   capability, that enables real-time response to customer requests for
   changes of allocated bandwidth allocated to their VPN(s)[Y.1311.1].
   A customer who may not be able to afford the resources to manage
   their own sites should be able to outsource the management of his or
   her VPN to the service provider(s) supporting the network.
   5.8 Isolation
   These features include traffic and routing information exchange
   isolation, similar to that obtained in VPNs based on Layer 1 and
   Layer 2 (e.g., private lines, FR, or ATM) [MPLS SEC].
   5.9 Security
   The suite of PPVPN solutions should support a range of security
   related features.  Higher levels of security services, like edge-to-
   edge encryption, authentication, or replay attack should be
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   Security in a PPVPN service should be as transparent as possible to
   the customer, with the obvious exception of support for remote or
   temporary user access, as detailed in section 5.11.2.
   PPVPN customers must be able to deploy their own internal security
   mechanisms in addition to those deployed by the SP, in order to
   secure specific applications or traffic at a granularity finer than
   a site-to-site basis.
   If a a customer desires QoS support in a L3 PPVPN, then these must
   be communicated to the SP either using unencrypted fields or else
   via an agreed to security association. For example, applications
   must send RSVP messages in support of Intserv either in the clear or
   encrypted using a key negotiated with the SP. Another case is where
   applications using an IPsec tunnel must copy the DSCP from the
   encrypted IP header to the header of the tunnelÆs IP header.
   Security services shall apply to:
    o either, all VPN traffic exchanged between different sites ;
    o or, a subset of the VPN traffic between sites as identified by a
    combination of the destination IP address, the Security Profile
    Index (SPI) and the IPsec AH or ESP identifier.
   5.10  Migration Impact
   Often, customers are migrating from an already deployed private
   network toward one or more Provider Provisioned VPN solutions. A
   typical private network scenario is CE routers connected via real or
   virtual circuits. Ideally, minimal incremental cost should result
   during the migration period. Furthermore, if necessary, any
   disruption of service should also be minimized.
   A range of scenarios of customer migration must be supported. Full
   migration of all sites must be supported. Support for cases of
   partial migration is highly desirable [Y.1311.1], that is, legacy
   private network sites that belong to the PPVPN service should still
   have L3 reachability to the sites that migrate to the PPVPN service.
   5.11  Network Access
   Every L3 packet exchanged between the customer and the SP over the
   access connection must appear as it would on a private network
   providing an equivalent service to that offered by the PPVPN.
   5.11.1 Physical/Link Layer Technology
   PPVPNs should support a broad range of physical and link layer
   access technologies, such as PSTN, ISDN, xDSL, cable modem, leased
   line, Ethernet, Ethernet VLAN, ATM, Frame Relay, Wireless local
   loop, mobile radio access, etc. The capacity and QoS achievable may
   be dependent on the specific access technology in use.
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   5.11.2 Temporary Access
   The VPN service offering should allow both permanent and temporary
   access to one or more PPVPNs for authenticated users across a broad
   range of access technologies. Support for remote or temporary VPN
   access should include ISDN, PSTN dial-in, xDSL or access via another
   SP network. The customer should be able to choose from alternatives
   for authentication of temporary access users. Choices for access
   authentication are: SP-provided, third-party, or customer-provided
   authentication servers.
   A significant number of VPN users are not permanently attached to
   one VPN site. In order to limit access to a VPN to only authorized
   users, it is first necessary to authenticate them. Authentication
   shall apply as configured by the customer agent and/or SP where a
   specific user may be part of one or more VPNs. The authentication
   function should be used to automatically invoke all actions
   necessary VPN communication.
   A user should be able to access a PPVPN via a network having generic
   Internet access.
   Mobile users may move within a PPVPN site. Mobile users may also
   temporarily connect to another PPVPN site within the same VPN.
   Authentication should be provided for both of these cases.
   5.11.3 Sharing of the Access Network
   In a PE-based PPVPN, if the site shares the access network with
   other traffic (e.g., access to the Internet), then data security in
   the access network is the responsibility of the PPVPN customer.
   5.11.4 Access Connectivity
   Various types of physical connectivity scenarios must be supported,
   such as multi-homed sites, backdoor links between customer sites,
   devices homed to two or more SP networks. PPVPN solutions should
   support at least the types of physical or link-layer connectivity
   arrangements shown in Figure 5.1. Support for other physical
   connectivity scenarios with arbitrary topology is desirable.
   Access arrangements with multiple physical or logical paths from a
   CE to other CEs and PEs must support redundancy, and should support
   load balancing. Resiliency uses redundancy to provide connectivity
   between a CE site and other CE sites, and optionally, other
   services. Load balancing provides a means to perform traffic
   engineering such that capacity on redundant links is used to achieve
   improved performance during periods when the redundant component(s)
   are available.
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                  +----------------                    +---------------
                 |                                    |
              +------+                            +------+
    +---------|  PE  |                  +---------|  PE  |
    |         |router|                  |         |router| SP network
    |         +------+                  |         +------+
 +------+         |                  +------+         |
 |  CE  |         |                  |  CE  |         +---------------
 |device|         |   SP network     |device|         +---------------
 +------+         |                  +------+         |
    |         +------+                  |         +------+
    |         |  PE  |                  |         |  PE  |
    +---------|router|                  +---------|router| SP network
              +------+                            +------+
                  |                                   |
                  +----------------                   +---------------
                  (a)                                 (b)
                  +----------------                  +---------------
                  |                                  |
 +------+     +------+               +------+     +------+
 |  CE  |-----|  PE  |               |  CE  |-----|  PE  |
 |device|     |router|               |device|     |router| SP network
 +------+     +------+               +------+     +------+
    |             |                     |             |
    | Backdoor    |                     | Backdoor    +---------------
    | link        |   SP network        | link        +---------------
    |             |                     |             |
 +------+     +------+               +------+     +------+
 |  CE  |     |  PE  |               |  CE  |     |  PE  |
 |device|-----|router|               |device|-----|router| SP network
 +------+     +------+               +------+     +------+
                  |                                   |
                  +----------------                   +---------------
                 (c)                                  (d)
                  +----------------                   +---------------
                  |                                   |
 +------+     +------+               +------+     +------+
 |  CE  |-----|  PE  |               |  CE  |-----|  PE  |
 |device|     |router|               |device|     |router| SP network
 +------+\    +------+               +------+\    +------+
    |     \       |                     |     \       |
    |Back  \      |                     |Back  \      +---------------
    |door   \     |   SP network        |door   \     +---------------
    |link    \    |                     |link    \    |
 +------+     +------+               +------+     +------+
 |  CE  |     |  PE  |               |  CE  |     |  PE  |
 |device|-----|router|               |device|-----|router| SP network
 +------+     +------+               +------+     +------+
                  |                                   |
                  +----------------                   +---------------
                 (e)                                 (f)
        Figure 5.1 Representative types of access arrangements.
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   For multi-homing to a single SP, load balancing capability should be
   supported by the PE across the CE to PE links. For example, in case
   (a), load balancing should be provided by the two PEs over the two
   links connecting to the single CE. In case (c), load balancing
   should be provided by the two PEs over the two links connecting to
   the two CEs.
   In addition, the load balancing parameters (e.g., the ratio of
   traffic on the multiple load-balanced links, or the preferred link)
   should be provisionable based on customerÆs requirements. The load
   balancing capability may also be used to achieve resiliency in the
   event of access connectivity failures. For example, in cases (b) a
   CE may connect to two different SPs via diverse access networks.
   Resiliency may be further enhanced as shown in case (d), where CE's
   connected via a "back door" connection connect to different SPs.
   Furthermore, arbitrary combinations of the above methods, with a few
   examples shown in cases (e) and (f) should be supportable by any
   PPVPN approach.
   For multi-homing to multiple SPs, load balancing capability may also
   be supported by the PEs in the different SPs (clearly, this is a
   more complex type of load balancing to realize, and requires policy
   and service agreements between the SPs to interoperate).
   5.12  Service Access
   Customers may also require access to other services, as described in
   this section.
   5.12.1 Internet Access
   Customers should be able to have L3 PPVPN and Internet access across
   the same access network for one or more of the customer's sites.
   Customers should be able to direct Internet traffic from the set of
   sites in the PPVPN to one or more customer sites that have
   firewalls, other security-oriented devices, and/or NAT that process
   all traffic between the Internet and the customer's VPN.
   L3 PPVPN Customers should be able to receive traffic from the
   Internet addressed to a publicly accessible resource that is not
   part of the VPN, such as an enterprise's public web server.
   As stated in section 5.3, network address translation (NAT) or
   similar mechanism must be provided either by the customer or the SP
   in order to be able to interchange traffic between devices assigned
   non-unique or private IP addresses and devices that have unique IP
   5.12.2 Hosting, Application Service Provider
   A customer should be able to access hosting, other application
   services, or other Application Service Providers (ASP) over a L3
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   PPVPN service. This may require that an ASP participates in one or
   more VPNs with the customers that use such a service.
   5.12.3 Other Services
   In conjunction with a VPN service, a customer may also wish to have
   access to other services, such as: DNS, FTP, HTTP, NNTP, SMTP, LDAP,
   VoIP, NAT, LDAP, Videoconferencing, Application sharing, E-business,
   Streaming, E-commerce, Directory, Firewall, etc. The resource(s)
   that implement these services could be physically dedicated to each
   VPN. If the resource(s) are logically shared, then they need to have
   access separated and isolated between VPNs in a manner consistent
   with the PPVPN solution to meet this requirement.
   5.13  Hybrid VPN Service Scenarios
   Intranet or extranet customers have a number of reasons for wanting
   hybrid networks that involve more than one VPN solution type. These
   include migration, mergers, extranet customers with different VPN
   types, the need for different capabilities between different sets of
   sites, temporary access, different availability of VPN solutions as
   provided by different service providers.
   The framework and solution approaches should include provisions for
   interworking, interconnection, and/or reachability between different
   PPVPN solutions in such a way that does not overly complicate
   provisioning, management, scalability, or performance.
   6 Service Provider Network Requirements
   This section describes requirements from a service provider
   6.1 Scalability
   This section contains projections regarding PPVPN sizing projections
   and scalability requirements and metrics specific to particular
   6.1.1 Service Provider Capacity Sizing Projections
   This section captures projections for scaling requirements over the
   next several years in terms of number of VPNs, number of interfaces
   per VPN, number of routes per VPN, and the rate of VPN configuration
   changes. These numbers provide a baseline against which the
   scalability of specific approaches can be assessed. These values
   were derived from ITU-T [Y.1311.1] and inputs from service
   A PPVPN solution should be scalable to support a very large number
   of VPNs per Service Provider network. The estimate is that a large
   service provider will require support for on the order of 10,000
   VPNs within four years.
   A PPVPN solution should be scalable to support of a wide range of
   number of site interfaces per VPN, depending on the size and/or
   structure of the customer organization. The number of site
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   interfaces should range from a few site interfaces to over 50,000
   site interfaces per VPN.
   A PPVPN solution should be scalable to support of a wide range of
   number of routes per VPN. The number of routes per VPN may range
   from just a few to the number of routes exchanged between ISPs using
   BGP (in 2001, on the order of 100,000). Typically, the number of
   routes per VPN is O(2N), where N is the number of site interfaces.
   A PPVPN solution should support high values of the frequency of
   configuration setup and change, e.g. for real-time provisioning of
   an on-demand videoconferencing VPN. As a guideline, an estimate on
   the VPN frequency of change (e.g., addition/removal of sites per VPN
   per time unit) could be as large as 1 million per year across all
   service providers within the next four years.
   Approaches should articulate scaling and performance limits for more
   complex deployment scenarios, such as inter-AS(S) VPNs and carriers'
   carrier. Approaches should also describe other dimensions of
   interest, such as capacity requirements or limits, number of
   interworking instances supported as well as any scalability
   implications on management systems.
   6.1.2 Solution-Specific Metrics
   Each PPVPN solution shall document its scalability characteristics
   in quantitative terms. Several examples are provided below as an
   The number of tunnels necessary per device is one metric of
   interest. In a PE-based VPN, tunnels potentially from every PE to
   every other PE must be set up for each VPN. Or, a full mesh of
   tunnels between PEs can be shared across many VPNs using
   hierarchical tunnels. In a CE-based VPN, end-to-end tunnels between
   pairs of CE's in a full or partial mesh are necessary, but PEs need
   not be aware of these tunnels at all. Furthermore, in a CE-based
   VPN, the tunnels endpoints are distributed to the CEs in a
   particular VPN.
   Another metric is that of complexity. In a PE-based solution the PE
   is more complex in that it must maintain a VFI must for each VPN,
   but the CE is simpler since it needs to support no tunnels. On the
   other hand, in a CE-based solution, the CE is more complex since it
   must implement routing across a number of tunnels to other CEs in
   the VPN, but the PE is simpler since it has only one routing and
   forwarding instance.
   A PE-based solution should quantify the amount of state that a PE
   and P router must support. This should be stated in terms of the
   total number of VPNs and site interfaces supported by the service
   provider. Ideally, all VPN-specific state should be contained in the
   PE router, since routing and/or configuration information depends
   only on the VPNs whose site(s) are connected to that PE. However,
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   this should be balanced against the requirements of specific
   services, such as multicast, which may require per VPN state in the
   P router.
   A CE-based solution should quantify the state and scaling limits.
   This should be stated in terms of the number of tunnels supported,
   how these tunnels are provisioned and maintained (e.g., key
   exchange), how routing occurs across these tunnels, and what the
   impact of changes in the network topology do to the convergence
   performance of such a solution.
   6.2 Addressing
   As described in section 4.4, SPs require support for public and
   private IP addresses, IPv4 and IPv6, for both unicast and multicast.
   In order to support this range of addressing schemes, SPs require
   the following support from PPVPN solutions.
   A L3 PPVPN solution must be able to assign blocks of addresses form
   its own public IP address space to PPVPN customer sites in such a
   way that advertisement of routes to other SPs and other sites
   aggregates efficiently.
   A PPVPN solution must be able to use address assignments made by a
   customer. These customer assigned addresses may be public, or
   In the case where private IP addresses are used, a PPVPN solution
   must provide a means for an SP to translate such addresses to public
   IP addresses for communication with other VPNs using overlapping
   addresses, or the Internet.
   6.3 Identifiers
   A number of identifiers may be necessary for SP use in management,
   control, and routing protocols. Requirements for at least the
   following identifiers are known.
   An SP domain must be uniquely identified at least within the set of
   all interconnected SP networks when supporting a VPN that spans
   multiple SPs. Ideally, this identifier should be globally unique
   (e.g., an AS number).
   An identifier for each VPN should be unique, at least within each
   SP's network. Ideally, the VPN identifier should be globally unique
   to support the case where a VPN spans multiple SPs (e.g., [RFC
   A CE device should have a unique identifier, at least within each
   SP's network.
   A PE device should have a unique identifier, at least within each
   SP's network.
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   The identifier of a device interconnecting SP networks must be
   unique within the set of aforementioned networks.
   Each site interface should have a unique identifier, at least within
   each PE router supporting such an interface.
   Each tunnel should have a unique identifier, at least within each
   router supporting the tunnel.
   6.4 Discovering VPN Related Information
   Configuration of CE and PE devices is a significant task for a
   service provider. Solutions should strive to contain methods that
   that dynamically allows VPN information to be discovered (or
   learned) by the PE and/or CE to reduce configuration complexity. The
   following specific requirements apply to intra and inter-provider
   Every device involved in a VPN shall be able to identify and
   authenticate itself to other devices in the VPN. After learning the
   VPN membership, the devices should be able to securely exchange
   configuration information. The VPN information must include at least
   the IP address of the PE and may be extensible to provide additional
   Each device in a VPN should be able to determine which other devices
   belong to the same VPN.  Such a membership discovery scheme must
   prevent unauthorized access and allows authentication of the source.
   Distribution of VPN information should be limited to those devices
   involved in that VPN.
   In the case of a PE-based VPN, a solution should support the means
   for attached CEs to authenticate each other and verify that the
   service provider VPN is correctly configured.
   The mechanism should respond to VPN membership changes in a timely
   manner. A "timely manner" is no longer than the provisioning
   timeframe, typically on the order of minutes, and may be as short as
   the timeframe required for "rerouting," typically on the order of
   Dynamically creating, changing, and managing multiple VPN
   assignments to sites and/or customers is another aspect of
   membership that must be addressed in a L3 PPVPN solution.
   6.5 SLA and SLS Support
   Typically, a Service Provider offering a PPVPN service commits to
   specific Service Level Specifications (SLS) as part of a contract
   with the customer, as described in section 4.7. Such a Service Level
   Agreement (SLA) drives the following specific SP requirements for
   measuring Specific Service Level Specifications (SLS) for quality,
   availability, response time, and configuration intervals.
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   6.6 Quality of Service (QoS) and Traffic Engineering
   A significant aspect of a PPVPN is support for QoS. Since an SP has
   control over the provisioning of resources and configuration of
   parameters in at least the PE and P devices, and in some cases, the
   CE device as well, the onus is on the service provider to provide
   either managed QoS access service, or edge-to-edge QoS service, as
   defined in section 4.6.2.
   Each PPVPN approach must describe the traffic engineering techniques
   available for a service provider to meet the QoS objectives. These
   descriptions of traffic engineering techniques should quantify
   scalability and achievable efficiency. Traffic engineering support
   may be on an aggregate or per-VPN basis.
   QoS policies must not be impacted by security mechanisms. For
   example, Diffserv policies must not be impacted by the use of IPSec
   tunnels, using the mechanisms explained in RFC 2983.
   As stated in RFC 2475, a mapping function from customer provided
   Difserv marking to marking used in a SP network should be provided
   for L3 PPVPN services.
   In the case where a customer requires DSCP transparency, as
   described in section 5.5.2, a L3 PPVPN service must deliver the same
   value of DSCP field in the IP header received from the customer to
   the egress demarcation of the destination.
   6.7 Routing
   The distribution of reachability and routing policy should be
   constrained to the sites that are members of the VPN.
   Optionally, the exchange of such information may use some form of
   authentication (e.g., MD5).
   Functions to isolate the SP network and customer VPNs from anomalous
   routing behavior from a specific set of customer sites are highly
   desirable. Examples of such functions are: controls for route flap
   dampening, filters that accept only prefixes configured for a
   specific CE, a maximum number of routes accepted for each CE, or a
   maximum rate at which route updates can be received from a CE.
   When VPN customers use overlapping, non-unique IP addresses, the
   solution must define a means to distinguish between such overlapping
   addresses on a per-VPN basis.
   Furthermore, the solution should provide an option that either
   allows, or prevents advertisement of VPN routes to the Internet.
   Ideally, the choice of a SP's IGP should not depend on the routing
   protocol(s) used between PE and CE routers in a PE-based VPN.
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   Furthermore, it is desirable that an SP should have a choice with
   regards to the IGP routing protocol.
   The additional routing burden that a Service Provider must
   carry should be articulated in each specific L3 PPVPN solution.
   6.8 Isolation of Traffic and Routing
   The internal structure of a PPVPN network should not be visible to
   outside networks (i.e., the Internet or any connected VPN).
   From a high level SP perspective, a PE-based PPVPN must isolate the
   exchange of traffic and routing information to only those sites that
   are authenticated and authorized members of a VPN.
   In a CE-based VPN, the tunnels that connect the sites effectively
   meet this isolation requirement if both traffic and routing
   information flow over the tunnels.
   A PPVPN solution should provide a means for meeting PPVPN QoS SLA
   requirements that isolates VPN traffic from the affects of traffic
   offered by non-VPN customers. Also, PPVPN solutions should provide a
   means to isolate the effects that traffic congestion produced by
   sites as part of one VPN can have on another VPN.
   6.9 Security
   [Editor's Note: Some of the material in this section is generic to
   L2 and L3 VPNs and may be deleted if the draft proposed for [PPVPN-
   GR] is accepted.]
   This section contains requirements related to securing customer
   flows, providing authentication services for temporary, remote or
   mobile users, and the need to protect service provider resources
   involved in supporting a PPVPN.
   6.9.1 Support for Securing Customer Flows
   In order to meet the general requirement for providing a range of
   security options to a customer, each PPVPN solution must clearly
   spell out the configuration options that can work together and how
   the can do so.
   When a VPN solution operates over a part of the Internet it should
   support a configurable option to support one or more of the
   following standard IPsec methods for securing a flow for a specified
   subset of a customerÆs VPN traffic:
     o confidentiality, so that only authorized devices can decrypt it,
     o integrity, to ensure that the data has not been altered,
     o authentication, to ensure that the sender is indeed who it claims
     to be,
     o replay attack prevention.
   The above functions should be capable of being applied to "data
   traffic" of the customer, which includes the traffic exchanged
   between sites, between temporary users and sites and even between
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   temporary users. It should also be possible to apply these functions
   to "control traffic", such as routing protocol exchanges, that are
   not necessarily perceived by the customer but nevertheless essential
   to maintain his or her VPN. Note that it may be necessary to extend
   the IPsec protocol to support exchange of control traffic over an
   IPsec tunnel [IPSEC-PPVPN].
   Furthermore, such security methods must be configurable between
   different end points, such as CE-CE, PE-PE, and CE-PE. It is also
   desirable to configure security on a per-route or per-VPN basis [VPN
   A VPN solution may support one or more encryption schemes, including
   AES, 3DES. Encryption, decryption, and key management should be
   included in profiles as part of the security management system.
   6.9.2 Authentication Services
   A service provider must provide authentication services in support
   of temporary user access requirements, as described in section
   Furthermore, traffic exchanged within the scope of VPN may involve
   several categories of equipment that must cooperate together to
   provide the service [Y.1311.1]. These network elements can be CE,
   PE, firewalls, backbone routers, servers, management stations, etc.
   These network elements learn about each others identity, either via
   manual configuration or via discovery protocols, as described in
   section 6.4. When network elements must cooperate, it is necessary
   to authenticate peers before providing the requested service. This
   authentication function may also be used to control access to
   network resources.
   The peer identification and authentication function described above
   applies only to network elements participating in the VPN. Examples
   - traffic between a CE and a PE,
   - traffic between CEs belonging to the same VPN,
   - CE or PE routers dealing with route announcements for a VPN,
   - policy decision point [RFC 3198] and a network element,
   - management station and an SNMP agent.
   Each PPVPN solution should describe for a peer authentication
   function: where it is necessary, how it shall be implemented, how
   secure it must be, and the way to deploy and maintain identification
   and authentication information necessary to operate the service.
   6.9.3 Resource Protection
   Recall from the definitions in section 3.3, that a site can be part
   of an intranet with sites from the only same organization, part of
   an extranet involving sites from other organizations, have access to
   the Internet, or any combination of these scopes of communication.
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   Within these contexts, a site might be subject to various attacks
   coming from different sources. Potential sources of attack include:
   - users connected to the supporting public IP backbone,
   - users from the Internet,
   - users from temporary sites belonging to the intranet and/or
   extranet VPN that the site is part of.
   Security threats and risks that a site may encounter include the
     - denial of service, for example: mail spamming, access connection
     congestion, TCP SYN attacks, ping attacks, etc.
     - intrusion attempts, which may eventually lead to denial of
     service (e.g. a Trojan horse attack).
   In order to address the above threats and risks, a SP should be able
   to deploy functions that control access to the site. This includes
   filtering functions provided by firewall, and monitoring, alerting
   and eventually logging all suspicious activities in order to detect
   potential attacks. Another way to prevent such an attack is to make
   sure that machines are not reachable via address hiding [MPLS SEC].
   The devices in the PPVPN network must provide some means of
   reporting intrusion attempts to the service provider.
   6.10  Inter-AS (SP)VPNs
   The scenario for VPNs spanning multiple Autonomous Systems (AS) or
   Service Providers (SP) requires standardization.  The scenario where
   multiple ASÆs are involved is the most general case, and is
   therefore the one described here.  The scenarios of concern are the
   CE-based and PE-based L3 VPNs defined in section 3.
   In each scenario, all applicable SP requirements, such as traffic
   and routing isolation, SLA's, management, security, provisioning,
   etc. must be preserved across adjacent ASÆs. The solution must
   describe the inter-SP network interface, encapsulation method(s),
   routing protocol(s), and all applicable parameters [VPN IW].
   An essential pre-condition for an inter-AS VPN is an agreement
   between the AS's involved that spells out at least trust, economic,
   and management responsibilities.
   The overall scalability of the VPN service must allow the PPVPN
   service to be offered across potentially hundreds of SPs, with the
   overall scaling parameters per SP given in section 6.1.
   6.10.1 Routing Protocols
   If the link between AS's is not trusted, routing protocols running
   between those AS's must support some form of authentication. For
   example, the TCP option for carrying an MD5 digest may be used to
   enhance security for BGP [RFC2385].
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   BGP must be supported as the standard inter-AS routing protocol to
   control the path taken by PPVPN traffic.
   6.10.2 Management
   The general requirements for managing a single AS apply to a
   concatenation of AS's. A minimum subset of such capabilities is the
     - Diagnostic tools (e.g., ping, traceroute)
     - Secured access to one AS management system by another
     - Configuration request and status query tools
     - Fault notification and trouble tracking tools
   6.10.3 Bandwidth and QoS Brokering
   When a VPN spans multiple AS's, there is a need for a brokering
   mechanism that requests certain SLA parameters, such as bandwidth
   and QoS, from the other domains and/or networks involved in
   transferring traffic to various sites. The essential requirement is
   that a solution must be able to determine whether a set of AS's can
   establish and guarantee uniform QoS in support of a PPVPN.
   The brokering mechanism can be a manual one, for example, where one
   provider requests from another provider a specific set of QoS
   parameters for traffic going to and from a specific set of sites.
   The mechanism could also be an automated one where a device
   dynamically requests and receives certain SLA/QoS parameters. For
   instance, in the case of a L3 PPVPN, a PE may negotiate the label
   for different traffic classes to reach a PE residing in a
   neighboring AS. Or, it might be a combination of both.
   In the case of an automated function, which is desirable, the
   functionality supported should dynamically request and reserve
   certain QoS parameters such as bandwidth and priority, and then to
   classify, mark and handle the packets as agreed in the negotiation.
   Observe that as traffic might traverse multiple AS's, the brokering
   method should also allow this.
   It is not desirable to perform brokering on a per VPN basis since
   such an approach would not scale. A solution must provide some means
   of aggregating QoS and bandwidth brokering requests between AS's.
   One method could be for SP's to make an agreement specifying the
   maximum amount of bandwidth for specific QoS parameters for all VPN
   customers using the SP network. Alternatively, such aggregation
   might be on a per hierarchical tunnel basis between PE routers in
   different AS's supporting a L3 PPVPN service.
   6.10.4 Security Considerations
   If a tunnel traverses multiple SP networks and it passes through an
   unsecured SP, POP, NAP, or IX, then security mechanisms must be
   employed. These security mechanisms include encryption,
   authentication and resource protection as described in section 6.9
   and security management of section 7.5. For example, a provider
   should consider use of both authentication and encryption for a
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   tunnel used as part of a PPPVPN that traverses another service
   provider's network.
   6.11  PPVPN Wholesale
   The architecture must support the possibility of one service
   provider offering VPN service to another service provider.  Another
   example is when one service provider sells PPVPN service at
   wholesale to another service provider, who then resells that VPN
   service to his or her customers.
   The wholesalerÆs VPN must be transparent to the addressing and
   routing used by the reseller.
   Support for additional levels of hierarchy, for example three levels
   where a reseller can again resell the VPN service to yet another VPN
   provider, should be provided. This is called a hierarchical VPN
   The CarrierÆs carrier scenario is the name used in this document for
   this category of PPVPN wholesale. Various CarrierÆs Carrier scenarios
   should be supported, such as:
  - the customer Carriers do not operate PPVPN services for their
  - the customer Carriers operate PPVPN services for their clients,
     but these services are not linked with the PPVPN service offered
     by the CarriersÆ Carrier;
  - the customer Carriers operate PPVPN services for their clients and
     these services are linked with the PPVPN service offered by the
     CarriersÆ Carrier ("Hierarchical VPNs" scenario)
   6.12  Tunneling Requirements
   Connectivity between CE sites or PE devices in the backbone should
   be able to use a range of tunneling technologies, such as L2TP,
   IPSEC, GRE, IP-in-IP, MPLS, etc.
   To set up tunnels between routers, every router must support static
   configuration for tunneling and may support a tunnel setup protocol.
   If employed, a tunnel establishment protocol should be capable of
   conveying information, such as the following:
     - Relevant identifiers
     - QoS/SLA parameters
     - Restoration parameters
     - Multiplexing identifiers
     - Security parameters
   There must be a means to monitor the following aspects of tunnels:
     - Statistics, such as amount of time spent in the up and down
     - Count of transitions between the up and down state
     - Events, such as transitions between the up and down states
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   The tunneling technology used by the VPN Service Provider and its
   associated mechanisms for tunnel establishment, multiplexing, and
   maintenance must meet the requirements on scaling, isolation,
   security, QoS, manageability, etc.
   6.13  Support for Access and Backbone Technologies
   This section describes requirements for aspects of access and
   backbone network technologies from a service provider point of view.
   Some SPs may desire that a single network infrastructure should
   suffice for all services, public IP, VPNs, traffic engineering, and
   differentiated services [L2 VPN].
   6.13.1 Dedicated Access Networks
   Ideally, the PPVPN service should be independent of physical, link
   layer or even network technology of the access network. However, the
   characteristics of access networks must be accounted for when
   specifying the QoS aspects of SLAs for VPN service offerings.
   6.13.2 On-Demand Access Networks
   Service providers should be able to support temporary user access,
   as described in section 5.11.2 using dedicated or dial-in access
   network technology.
   PPVPN solutions must support the case where a VPN user directly
   accesses the VPN service through an access network connected to the
   service provider. They must also describe how they can support the
   case where one or more other service provider networks are used as
   access to the service provider supporting the PPVPN service.
   Ideally, all information necessary to identify and authenticate
   users for an intranet should be stored and maintained by the
   customer. In an extranet, one customer should be able to maintain
   the authentication server, or the customers involved in the extranet
   may choose to outsource the function to a service provider.
   Identification and authentication information could be made
   available to the service provider for controlling access, or the
   service provider may query a customer maintained server.
   Furthermore, one SP may act as access for the SP providing the VPN
   service. In the case where the access SP performs identification and
   authentication on behalf of the VPN SP, an agreement must be reached
   on a common specification.
   Support for at least the following authentication protocols is
   required: PAP, CHAP and EAP, since they are currently used in a wide
   range of equipment and services.
   6.13.3 Backbone Networks
   Ideally, the backbone interconnecting SP PE and P devices should be
   independent of physical and link layer technology. Nevertheless, the
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   characteristics of backbone technology must be taken into account
   when specifying the QoS aspects of SLAs for VPN service offerings.
   6.14  Protection, Restoration
   When primary and secondary access connections are available, a PPVPN
   solution must provide restoration of access connectivity whenever
   the primary access link from a CE site to a PE fails. This
   restoration capability should be as automatic as possible, that is,
   the traffic should be directed over the secondary link soon after
   failure of the primary access link is detected. Furthermore,
   reversion to the primary link should be dynamic, if configured to do
   so [VPN-NEEDS].
   As mentioned in Section 5.11.4 above, in the case of multi-homing,
   the load balancing capability may be used to achieve a degree of
   redundancy in the network. In the case of failure of one or more
   (but not all) of the multi-homed links, the load balancing
   parameters may be dynamically adjusted to rapidly redirect the
   traffic from the failed link(s) to the surviving links. Once the
   failed link(s) is (are) restored, the original provisioned load
   balancing ratio should be restored to its value prior to the
   The Service provider should be able to deploy protection and
   restoration mechanisms within the service provider's backbone
   infrastructure to increase reliability and fault tolerance of the
   VPN service offering. These techniques should be scalable, and
   therefore should strive to not perform such function in the backbone
   on a per-VPN basis.
   Appropriate measurements and alarms that indicate how well network
   protection and restoration mechanisms are performing must be
   6.15  Interoperability
   Service providers are interested in interoperability in at least the
   following scenarios:
     - To facilitate use of PE and managed CE devices within a single SP
     - To implement PPVPN services across two or more interconnected SP
     - To achieve interworking or interconnection between customer sites
     using different PPVPN approaches or different implementations of
     the same approach
   Each approach must describe whether any of the above objectives can
   be met. If an objective can be met, the approach must describe how
   such interoperability could be achieved. In particular, the approach
   must describe the inter-solution network interface, encapsulation
   method(s), routing protocol(s), security, isolation, management, and
   all other applicable aspects of the overall VPN solution provided
   [VPN IW].
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   6.16  Migration Support
   Service providers must have a graceful means to migrate a customer
   with minimal service disruption on a site-by-site basis to a PPVPN
   If PPVPN approaches can interwork or interconnect, then service
   providers must have a graceful means to migrate a customer with
   minimal service disruption on a site-by-site basis whenever changing
   interworking or interconnection.
   7 Service Provider Management Requirements
   A service provider must have a means to view the topology,
   operational state, order status, and other parameters associated
   with each customer's VPN. Furthermore, the service provider must
   have a means to view the underlying logical and physical topology,
   operational state, provisioning status, and other parameters
   associated with the equipment providing the VPN service(s) to its
   Currently, proprietary methods are often used to manage VPNs. The
   additional expense associated with operators having to use multiple
   proprietary management methods (e.g., command line interface (CLI)
   languages) to access such systems is undesirable. Therefore, devices
   should provide standards-based interfaces wherever feasible.
   The remainder of this section presents detailed service provider
   management requirements for a Network Management System (NMS) in the
   traditional fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and
   security (FCAPS) management categories. Much of this text was
   adapted from ITU-T Y.1311.1.
   7.1 Fault management
   Support for fault management includes:
   - indication of customers impacted by failure,
   - fault detection (incidents reports, alarms, failure
   - fault localization (analysis of alarms reports, diagnostics),
   - incident recording or logs, creation and follow through of trouble
   - corrective actions (traffic, routing, resource allocation).
   Since PE-based VPNs rely on a common network infrastructure, the
   network management system must provide a means to inform the
   provider on the VPN customers impacted by a failure in the
   infrastructure. The NMS should provide pointers to the related
   customer configuration information to aid in fault isolation and the
   determination of corrective action.
   It is desirable to detect faults caused by configuration errors,
   because these may cause VPN service to fail, or not meet other
   requirements (e.g., traffic and routing isolation). Detection of
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   such errors is inherently difficult because the problem involves
   more than one node and may reach across a global perspective. One
   approach could be a protocol that systematically checks that all
   constraints and consistency checks hold among tunnel configuration
   parameters at the various end points.
   A capability to verify L3 reachability within a VPN must be provided
   for diagnostic purposes.
   A capability to verify the parameter configuration of a device
   supporting a PPVPN must be provided for diagnostic purposes.
   7.2 Configuration Management
   Overall, The NMS must support configuration necessary to realize
   desired L3 reachability of a PPVPN. Toward this end, an NMS must
   provide configuration management to provision at least the following
   PPVPN components: PE,CE, hierarchical tunnels, access connections,
   routing, and QoS, as detailed in this section. If shared access to
   the Internet is provided, then this option must also be
   Since VPN configuration and topology are highly dependent upon a
   customer's organization, provisioning systems must address a broad
   range of customer specific requirements. The NMS must ensure that
   these devices and protocols are provisioned consistently and
   Provisioning for adding or removing sites should be as localized and
   automated as possible.
   Configuration management for VPNs, according to service templates
   defined by the provider must be supported. A service template
   contains fields which, when instantiated, yield a definite service
   requirement or policy. For example, a template for an IPSec tunnel
   would contain fields such as tunnel end points, authentication
   modes, encryption and authentication algorithms, preshared keys if
   any, and traffic filters. An SLA template would contain fields such
   as delay, jitter, throughput and packet loss thresholds as well as
   end points over which the SLA has to be satisfied. In general, a
   customer's service order can be regarded as a set of instantiated
   service templates. This set can, in turn, be regarded as the logical
   or service architecture of the customer's VPN.
   Service templates can also be used by the provider to define the
   service architecture of the provider's own network. For example,
   OSPF templates could contain fields such as the subnets that form a
   particular area, the area identifier and the area type. BGP service
   template could contain fields which when instantiated would yield a
   BGP policy such as for expressing a preference about an exit router
   for a particular destination.
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   The set of service templates should be comprehensive in that they
   can capture all service orders in some meaningful sense.
   The provider should provide means for translating instantiated
   service templates into device configurations so that associated
   services can be provisioned.
   Finally, the approach should provide means for checking if a service
   order is correctly provisioned. This would represent one method of
   diagnosing configuration errors. Configuration errors can arise due
   to a variety of reasons: manual configuration, intruder attacks,
   conflicting service requirements.
   7.2.1 Configuration Management for PE-Based VPNs
   Requirements for configuration management unique to a PE-based VPN
   are as follows.
   o The NMS must support configuration of at least the following
   aspects of a L3 PE routers: intranet and extranet membership, CE
   routing protocol for each access connection, routing metrics,
   tunnels, etc.
   o The NMS should use identifiers for SPs, PPVPNs, PEs, CEs,
   hierarchical tunnels and access connections as described in section
   o Tunnels must be configured between PE and P devices.  This
   requires coordination of identifiers of tunnels, hierarchical
   tunnels, VPNs, and any associated service information, for example,
   a QoS/SLA service.
   o Routing protocols running between PE routers and CE devices must
   be configured per VPN.
   O For multicast service, multicast routing protocols must also be
   o Routing protocols running between PE routers and between PE and P
   routers must also be configured.
   o The configuration of a PE-based PPVPN must be coordinated with the
   configuration of the underlying infrastructure, including Layer 1
   and 2 networks interconnecting components of a PPVPN.
   7.2.2 Configuration management for CE-based VPN
   Requirements for configuration management unique to a CE-based VPN
   are as follows.
   o Tunnels must be configured between CE devices.  This requires
   coordination of identifiers of tunnels, VPNs, and any associated
   service information, for example, a QoS/SLA service.
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   o Routing protocols running between PE routers and CE devices must
   be configured.  For multicast service, multicast routing protocols
   must also be configurable.
   7.2.3 Provisioning Routing
   A means for a service provider to provision parameters for the IGP
   for a PPVPN must be provided. This includes link level metrics,
   capacity, QoS capability, and restoration parameters.
   7.2.4 Provisioning Network Access
   A service provider must have the means to provision network access
   between SP-managed PE and CE, as well as the case where the customer
   manages the CE.
   7.2.5 Provisioning Security Services
   When a security service is requested, an SP must have the means to
   provision the entities and associated parameters involved with the
   service. For example, for IPsec service, tunnels, options, keys, and
   other parameters must be provisioned at either the CE and/or PE. In
   the case of an intrusion detection service, the filtering and
   detection rules must be provisioned on a VPN basis.
   7.2.6 Provisioning VPN Resource Parameters
   A service provider must have a means to dynamically provision
   resources associated with VPN services. For example, in a PE-based
   service, the number and size of virtual switching and forwarding
   table instances must be provisionable.
   Dynamic VPN resource assignment is crucial to cope with the frequent
   changes requests from customerÆs (e.g., sites joining or leaving a
   VPN), as well as to achieve scalability. The PEs should be able to
   dynamically assign the VPN resources. This capability is especially
   important for dial and wireless VPN services.
   If an SP supports a "Dynamic Bandwidth management" service, then the
   dates, times, amounts and interval required to perform requested
   bandwidth allocation change(s) must be traceable for accounting
   If an SP supports a "Dynamic Bandwidth management" service, then the
   provisioning system must be able to make requested changes within
   the ranges and bounds specified in the Service Level Agreement
   (SLA). Example SLA parameters are response time and probability of
   being able to service such a request
   7.2.7 Provisioning Value-Added Service Access
   A PPVPN service provides controlled access between a set of sites
   over a common backbone. However, many service providers also offer a
   range of value-added services, for example: Internet access,
   firewall services, intrusion protection, IP telephony and IP
   Centrex, application hosting, backup, etc. It is outside of the
   scope of this document to define if and how these different services
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   interact with the VPN in order to solve issues such as addressing,
   integrity and security. However, the VPN service must be able to
   provide access to these various types of value-added services.
   A VPN service should allow the SP to supply the customer with
   different kinds of standard IP services like DNS, NTP and RADIUS
   needed for ordinary network operation and management. The provider
   should be able to provide IP services to multiple customers from one
   or many servers.
   A firewall function may be required to restrict access to the PPVPN
   from the Internet [Y.1311].
   A managed firewall service must be carrier grade. For redundancy and
   failure recovery, a means for firewall fail-over should be provided.
   Managed firewall services that may be provided include dropping
   specified protocol types, intrusion protection, traffic-rate
   limiting against malicious attacks, etc.
   Managed firewalls must be supported on a per-VPN basis, although
   multiple VPNs may be supported by the same physical device (e.g., in
   network or PE-based solution).  Managed firewalls should be provided
   at the major access point(s) for the PPVPN. Managed firewall
   services may be embedded in the CE or PE devices, or implemented in
   standalone devices.
   The NMS should allow a customer to outsource the management of an IP
   networking service to the SP providing the VPN or a third party.
   The management system should support collection of information
   necessary for optimal allocation of IP services in response to
   customer orders.
   Network-based firewall services must be carrier grade. For
   redundancy and failure recovery, a means for firewall fail-over
   should be provided. Network-based firewall services that may be
   provided include dropping specified protocol types, intrusion
   detection, traffic-rate limiting against malicious attacks, etc.
   Network-based firewalls must be supported on a per-VPN basis,
   although multiple VPNs may be supported by the same physical device.
   Network-based firewalls should be provided at the major access
   point(s) for the PPVPN. Network-based firewall services may be
   embedded in the PE equipment, or implemented in standalone
   Reachability to and from the Internet to sites within a VPN must be
   configurable by an SP. This could be controlled by configuring
   routing policy to control distribution of VPN routes advertised to
   the Internet.
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   7.2.8 Provisioning Hybrid VPN Services
   Configuration of interworking or interconnection between PPVPN
   solutions should be also supported. Ensuring that security and end-
   to-end QoS issues are provided consistently should be addressed.
   7.3 Accounting
   Many service providers require collection of measurements regarding
   resource usage for accounting purposes. The NMS may need to
   correlate accounting information with performance and fault
   management information to produce billing that takes into account
   SLA provisions for periods of time where the SLS is not met.
   A PPVPN solution must describe how the following accounting
   functions can be provided:
   - measurements of resource utilization,
   - collection of accounting information,
   - storage and administration of measurements.
   Some providers may require near-real time reporting of measurement
   information, and may offer this as part of a customer network
   management service.
   If an SP supports a "Dynamic Bandwidth management" service, then the
   dates, times, amounts and interval required to perform requested
   bandwidth allocation change(s) must be traceable for monitoring and
   accounting purposes.
   Solutions should state compliance to accounting requirements, as
   described in section 1.7 of RFC 2975.
   7.4 Performance Management
   Performance management includes functions involved with monitoring
   and collecting performance data regarding devices, facilities, and
   services, as well as determination of conformance to Service Level
   Specifications (SLS), such as QoS and availability measurements.
   Performance management should also support analysis of important
   aspects of a PPVPN , such as bandwidth utilization, response time,
   availability, QoS statistics, and trends based on collected data.
   7.4.1 Performance Monitoring
   The NMS must monitor device behavior to evaluate performance metrics
   associated with a service level agreement. Different measurement
   techniques may be necessary depending on the service for which an
   SLA is provided. Example services are QoS, security, multicast, and
   temporary access. These techniques may be either intrusive or non-
   intrusive depending on the parameters being monitored.
   The NMS must also monitor aspects of the VPN not directly associated
   with an SLA, such as resource utilization, state of devices and
   transmission facilities, as well as control of monitoring resources
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   such as probes and remote agents at network access points used by
   customers and mobile users.
   7.4.2 SLA and QoS management features
   The NMS should support SLAs between the SP and the various customers
   according to the corresponding SLSes by measurement of the
   indicators defined within the context of the SLA, on a regular
   The NMS should use the QOS parameter measurement definitions,
   techniques, and methods as defined by the IETF IP Performance
   Metrics (IPPM) working group for delay, loss, and delay variation.
   The NMS should support allocation and measurement of end-to-end QoS
   requirements to QoS parameters for one or more network(s).
   Devices supporting PPVPN SLAs should have real-time performance
   measurements that have indicators and threshold crossing alerts.
   Such thresholds should be configurable.
   7.5 Security Management
   The security management function of the NMS must include management
   features to guarantee the security of devices, access connections,
   and protocols within the PPVPN network(s), as well as the security
   of customer data and control as described in section 6.9.
   7.5.1 Management Access Control
   Management access control determines the privileges that a user has
   for particular applications and parts of the network. Without such
   control, only the security of the data and control traffic is
   protected, leaving the devices providing the PPVPN network
   unprotected. Access control capabilities protect these devices to
   ensure that users have access to only the resources and applications
   to which they are authorized to use.
   In particular, access to the routing and switching resources managed
   by the SP must be tightly controlled to prevent and/or effectively
   mitigate a malicious attack.
   7.5.2 Authentication
   Authentication is the process of verifying that the sender is
   actually is who he or she says they are. The NMS must support
   standard methods for authenticating users attempting to access
   management services.
   Scalability is critical as the number of nomadic/mobile clients is
   increasing rapidly. The authentication scheme implemented for such
   deployments must be manageable for large numbers of users and VPN
   access points.
   Support for strong authentication schemes shall be supported to
   ensure the security of both VPN access point-to-VPN access point
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   (PE to PE) and client-to-VPN Access point (CE-to-PE) communications.
   This is particularly important to prevent VPN access point spoofing.
   VPN Access Point Spoofing is the situation where an attacker tries
   to convince a PE or CE that the attacker is the VPN Access Point.
   If an attacker can convinces a PE or CE of that, then the device
   will send VPN traffic to the attacker (who could forward it on to
   your true access point after compromising confidentially or
   In other words, a non-authenticated VPN AP can be spoofed with a
   man-in-the-middle attack, because the endpoints never verify each
   other.  A weakly-authenticated VPN AP may be subject to such an
   attack. However, strongly-authenticated VPN APs are not subject to
   attacks, because the man-in-the-middle cannot authenticate as the
   real AP, due to the strong authentication algorithms.
   7.6 Network Management Techniques
   Each PPVPN solution approach must specify the management information
   bases (MIB) modules for network elements involved in PPVPN services.
   This is an essential requirement in network provisioning. The
   approach should identify any information not contained in a standard
   MIB related to FCAPS that is necessary to meet a generic
   The IP VPN Policy Information model should reuse the policy
   information models being developed in parallel for specific IP
   network capabilities [IM-REQ]. This includes the QoS Policy
   Information Model_[QPIM] and the IPSEC Configuration Policy Model_
   [IPSECIM]. The information model should provide the OSS with
   adequate "hooks" to correlate service level specifications with
   traffic data collected from network elements. The use of policies
   includes rules that control corrective actions taken by OSS
   components responsible for monitoring the network and ensuring that
   it meets service requirements.
   Additional requirements on information models are given in reference
   [IM-PPVPN]. In particular, an information model must allow a service
   provider to change network dimensions with minimal influence on
   provisioning issues. The adopted model should be applicable to both
   small/medium size networks and large-scale PPVPN solutions.
   Some service providers may require systems that visually, audibly,
   or logically present FCAPS information to internal operators and/or
   8 Security Considerations
   Security considerations occur at several levels and dimensions
   within Provider Provisioned VPNs, as detailed within this document.
   This section provides a summary with references to supporting
   detailed information.
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   The requirements in this document separate the notion of traditional
   security requirements, such as integrity, confidentiality, and
   authentication as detailed in section 4.4 from that of isolating (or
   separating) the exchange of forwarded packets and exchange of
   routing information between specific sets of sites, as defined in
   sections 3.3 and 4.3. Further detail on security re quirements are
   given from the customer and service provider perspectives in
   sections 4.4 and 5.9, respectively. In an analogous manner, further
   detail on traffic and routing isolation requirements are given from
   the customer and service provider perspectives in sections 4.3 and
   5.8, respectively.
   Furthermore, requirements regarding management of security from a
   service provider perspective are described in section 7.5.
   9 Acknowledgements
   The authors of this document would like to acknowledge the
   contributions from the ITU-T people who launched the work on VPN
   requirements inside SG13, the authors of the original IP VPN
   requirements and framework document [RFC 2764], Tom Worster, Ron
   Bonica, Sanjai Narain, Muneyoshi Suzuki, Tom Nadeau, Nail Akar,
   Derek Atkins, Bryan Gleeson, Greg Burns, and Frederic LeGarrec. The
   authors are also grateful to the helpful suggestions and direction
   provided by the technical advisors, Scott Bradner, Bert Wijnen and
   Rob Coltun. We would also like to acknowledge the insights and
   requirements gleaned from the many documents listed in the
   references section. Citations to these documents were made only
   where the authors believed that additional insight to the
   requirement could be obtained by reading the source document.
   10 References
   10.1  Normative References
    [PPVPN-GR]     Nagaragan, A., "Generic Requirements for Provider
                   Provisioned VPN," Work in Progress.
    [RFC 3377]     J. Hodges, R. Morgan, ôLightweight Directory Access
                   Protocol (v3): Technical Specification,ö RFC 3377,
                   September 2002
    [RFC 1918]     Rekhter, Y. et al., "Address Allocation for Private
                   Internets," RFC 1918, February 1996.
    [RFC 2026]     Bradner, S., "The Internet Standards Process --
                   Revision 3", BCP 9, RFC 2026, October 1996.
    [RFC 2119]     Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
                   Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997
    [RFC 2205]     R. Braden, Ed., L. Zhang, S. Berson, S. Herzog, S.
                   Jamin, "Resource ReSerVation Protocol (RSVP) --
                   Version 1 Functional Specification," September 1997.
    [RFC 2211]     J. Wroclawski, Specification of the Controlled-Load
                   Network Element Service, RFC 2211, IETF, September
    [RFC 2212]     S. Shenker, C. Partridge, R Guerin, Specification of
                   Guaranteed Quality of Service, RFC 2212, IETF,
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                   September 1997.
    [RFC 2251]     Wahl, M. et al., "Lightweight Directory Access
                   Protocol (v3)," RFC 2251, December 1997.
    [RFC 2475]     S. Blake, D. Black, M. Carlson, E. Davies, Z. Wang, W.
                   Weiss,   "An Architecture for Differentiated
                   Services", RFC  2475, Dec. 1998.
    [RFC 2597]     "Assured Forwarding PHB Group", F. Baker, J. Heinanen,
                   W. Weiss, J. Wroclawski, RFC 2597,
    [RFC 2661]     Townsley, W. et al., "Layer Two Tunneling Protocol
                   "L2TP"," RFC 2661, August 1999.
    [RFC 2685]     Fox B., et al, "Virtual Private Networks Identifier",
                   RFC 2685, September 1999.
    [RFC 2983]     Black, D., ôDifferentiated Services and Tunnelsö,
                   RFC2983, October 2000
    [RFC 3031]     E. Rosen, A. Viswanathan, R. Callon, "Multiprotocol
                   Label Switching Architecture," January 2001.
    [RFC 3246]     B. Davie et al, "An Expedited Forwarding PHB", RFC
                   3246, March 2002.
    [RFC 3270]     F. Le Faucheur et al, ôMulti-Protocol Label Switching
                   (MPLS) Support of Differentiated Services,ö RFC 3270,
                   May 2002
   10.2  Non-normative References
    [2547bis]      Rosen, E., Rekhter, Y. et al., "BGP/MPLS VPNs", work
                   n progress.
    [2917bis]      Muthukrishnan, K., et al., ô A Core MPLS IP VPN
                   Architectureö, work in progress
    [DOCSIS 1.1]   Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification
                   (DOCSIS), Cable Labs,
    [FRF.13]       Frame Relay Forum, "Service Level Definitions
                   Implementation Agreement," August, 1998.
    [IM-PPVPN]     P. Lago et al, "An Information Model for Provider
                   Provisioned Virtual Private Networks," work in
    [IM-REQ]       M. Iyer et al, "Requirements for an IP VPN Policy
                   Information Model," work in progress
    [IPSECIM]      J. Jason, _"IPsec Configuration Policy Model," work
                   in progress.
    [IPSEC-PPVPN]  B. Gleeson, "Uses of IPsec with Provider Provisioned
                   VPNs," work in progress.
    [L2 MPLS]      L. Martini et al, ôTransport of Layer 2 Frames Over
                   MPLS,ö work in progress.
    [L2 VPN]       E. Rosen et al, "An Architecture for L2VPNs," work
                   in progress.
    [L2 VPN]       K. Kompella, R. Bonica, "Whither Layer 2 VPNs?,"
                   work in progress.
    [MPLS SEC]     M. Behringer, "Analysis of the Security of the MPLS
                   Architecture," work in progress
    [NBVPN-FR]     Suzuki, M. and Sumimoto, J. (editors), "A framework
                   for Network-based VPNs", work in progress
    [PPVPN-FR]     Callon, R., Suzuki, M., et al. "A Framework for
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                   Provider Provisioned Virtual Private Networks ",work
                   in progress
    [PPVPN-VR]     H. Ould-Brahim, B. Gleeson et al. "Network based
                   PPVPN  Architecture   using  Virtual  Routers",
                   work in progress
    [QPIM]         Snir, Ramberg, Strassner, Cohen and Moore,_"Policy
                   QoS Information Model" work in progress.
    [RFC 2547]     E. Rosen, Y. Rekhter, ôBGP/MPLS VPNs,ö RFC 2547,March
    [RFC 2764]     Gleeson, B., et al., "A Framework for IP based Virtual
                   Private Networks", RFC 2764, February 2000
    [RFC 2975]     B. Aboba et al, "Introduction to Accounting
                   Management," October 2000.
    [RFC 3198]     A. Westerinen et al, "Terminology for Policy-Based
                   Management," November, 2001.
    [VPLS REQ]     W. Augustyn et al, "Requirements for Virtual Private
                   LAN Services (VPLS)," work in progress.
    [VPN DISC]     M. Squire et al, "VPN Discovery Discussions and
                   Options," work in progress.
    [VPN IW]       H. Kurakami et al, "Provider-Provisioned VPNs
                   Interworking," work in progress.
    [VPN SEC]      J. De Clercq et al, "Considerations about possible
                   security extensions to BGP/MPLS VPN," work in
    [VPN TUNNEL]   T. Worster et al, "A PPVPN Layer Separation: VPN
                   Tunnels and Core Connectivity," work in progress
    [VPN-CRIT]     Yu, J., Jou, L., Matthews, A ., Srinivasan, V.,
                   "Criteria for Evaluating VPN Implementation
                   Mechanisms", work in progress
    [VPN-NEEDS]    Jacquenet, C., "Functional needs for the deployment
                   of an IP VPN service offering : a service provider
                   perspective ", work in progress
    [VPN-VR]       Ould-Brahim, H., Gleeson, B., et al. ôNetwork based
                   IP VPN Architecture using Virtual Routersö, work in
    [Y.1241]       "IP Transfer Capability for the support of IP based
                   Services", Y.1241 ITU-T Draft Recommendation, March
    [Y.1311.1]     Carugi, M. (editor), "Network Based IP VPN over MPLS
                   architecture",Y.1311.1 ITU-T Recommendation, May 2001
    [Y.1311]       Knightson, K. (editor), " Network based IP VPN Service
                   - Generic Framework and Service Requirements ", Y.1311
                   ITU-T Draft Recommendation, May 2001
   11 Authors' address
   Marco Carugi (Co-editor)
   Nortel Networks S.A.
   Parc d'activit‰s de Magny-Les Jeunes Bois  CHATEAUFORT
   78928 YVELINES Cedex 9  - FRANCE
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   Dave McDysan (Co-editor)
   22001 Loudoun County Parkway
   Ashburn, VA 20147, USA
   Luyuan Fang
   200 Laurel Ave - Room C2-3B35
   Middletown, NJ 07748 USA
   Ananth Nagarajan
   6220 Sprint Parkway,
   Overland Park, KS 66251, USA
   Junichi Sumimoto
   NTT Information Sharing Platform Labs.
   3-9-11, Midori-cho,
   Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-8585, Japan
   Email: sumimoto.junichi@lab.ntt.co.jp
   Rick Wilder
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