What is EVPN?

Ethernet VPN (EVPN) is a new technology that is used to extend Ethernet circuits across Data Center and Service Provider networks. It is expected to succeed other L2VPN transport methods such as BGP-based L2VPN (RFC6624), LDP-Based L2VPN (RFC4906) and VPLS.

EVPN introduces a set of new features that were not available in L2VPN and VPLS environments, most noticeable of which are All-Active Multi-homing across multiple PE devices and more efficient handling of L2 Multicast traffic.

Refer to RFC 7209 to better understand the rationale for creating EVPN.
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EVPN Type 6 (Selective Multicast Ethernet Tag Route) Explained

EVPN Type 6 (Selective Multicast Ethernet Tag Route) Explained

EVPN Type 6 Route is defined in IGMP and MLD Proxy for EVPN IETF draft. The purpose of this route is to distribute Host’s or VM’s intent to receive Multicast traffic for a certain Multicast Group (*,G) or Source-Group combination (S,G).
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Need for IGMP and MLD Proxy in EVPN Environment

Section 16 of EVPN RFC7432 defines the mechanism for forwarding multicast traffic within EVPN networks. Ingress Replication and/or P2MP LSPs may be used for Multicast forwarding. The major shortcoming of Multicast forwarding approach defined in RFC7432 is the lack of per-group multicast trees, meaning that Multicast traffic is getting forwarded to all PE devices participating in a given EVPN instance, regardless of presence of interested receivers.
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