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Offline subnet11

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Avaya Fabric Connect
« on: January 27, 2015, 10:40:19 AM »
Hello All,

Are there any design guides ( example guides) for Small / Medium / Large networks when it comes to avaya Fabric connect ?
I remember that avaya had the Campus Technical Solution Guides in the past for different network architecture, and helped me alot to understand Avaya Switches better.

We are currently running a collapsed core (2x5632FD) and 6 ERS 5500 series switches on the edge. Running since 2012 and still relying successfully on it. But as technology moves on, we need to move on.


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Re: Avaya Fabric Connect
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2015, 12:48:41 PM »
I don't think there are any small implementation guides.  Fabric technology could be used at that level, but it was really made for big networks and data centers to solve scaling issues with traditional network designs.  In the small scale, a "traditional" design is just fine.  The 5632's are still quite capable and have a v6.6 code level that should drive them forward in to the future still.  Though the 5500's are aging at this point.  I would be looking at 4000 series switches for edges these days.

Maybe take a look at this document for more info on Avaya's VENA fabric tech.
http://downloads.avaya.com/css/P8/documents/100164956

This has a number of documents about VENA.
http://www.avaya.com/ca-en/solution/network-virtualization/?view=resources

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Re: Avaya Fabric Connect
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2015, 02:46:01 AM »
@Telair

I think a SPB fabric connect solution fits also very good for a small installation.
I also think abaot changing the standard campus SMLT LAN design to a SPB network.
SPB is available on very small devices like the VSP4k and the ERS4800 that would fit for small campus designs. Maybe the benfit is not that significant as it is in large deployments but you get more felxibility and scalibilty with an SPB based Campus LAN.
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Re: Avaya Fabric Connect
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2015, 06:08:12 AM »
Hi Dominik,

Do you have a technical design guide ?

Also can somebody help me bring these solutions together : VMWARE NSX , Avaya Fabric Connect and "Traditional Collapsed core, well they call it traditional now, when it becomes old :'( "

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Re: Avaya Fabric Connect
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2015, 07:23:45 AM »
I have not seen a technical design guide that is structured like the old Campus design guides.
Hopefully Avaya will provide an updated version of the SMall/Large/SuperLarge Design guides wich have SPB / Fabric Connect Designes included.
Would be great if someone from Avaya could give us a feedback here.

Also can somebody help me bring these solutions together : VMWARE NSX , Avaya Fabric Connect and "Traditional Collapsed core, well they call it traditional now, when it becomes old :'( "

VMWARE NSX is the next generation of virtual switch and firewall and replaced the old distributed VSwitch. It is capable of creating overlay networks with VXLAN over an traditional network.
Of course SPB is a ver robust underlay network over that you can run VXLAN tunnels.
Or you decide that an overlay networks makes no sense at all for you and just run pure SPB on your network. Avaya has a plugin for VMWARE that can provision automatically the needed VLANs to the ESX Hosts uplinks every time a new VM shows up on.

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Offline pat2012

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Re: Avaya Fabric Connect
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2015, 04:24:51 PM »
Even though you're running ERS 5000's maybe these documents can help.

Shortest Path Bridging (802.1aq) Technical Configuration Guide version 2.1
NN48500-617

Migrating to a Virtual Services Fabric using Shortest Path Bridging Technical Configuration Guide
NN48500-622