In the SDxCentral Network Virtualization in the Data Center Report webinar sponsored by Avaya, Avaya’s own Randy Cross made a case for the extension of network virtualization and SDN beyond the data center, where he took us through how to mobilize neighboring service layers to help boost the performance of both applications and customer devices and how to make the management of both employee productivity and customer experience less onerous and more targeted. After the webinar concluded, the presenters took questions from the audience. Read the Q&A from the presentation below.
Avaya: No, you do not. Avaya’s technology is based on IEEE standards; therefore, any Ethernet-based switch can interwork with the Avaya fabric (through either Mac-in-Mac encapsulation or through traditional VLAN technologies).
Additionally, for customers who have IP/MPLS based cores or IP/ MPLS based WAN infrastructures, Avaya offers the ability to tunnel Fabric Connect services transparently across the IP network.
For more details please read about our Fabric Extend functionality.
Can you talk about how you are doing PIM-free multicast?
Avaya: Avaya Fabric Connect is an enhanced implementation of the IEEE Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) standard (802.1aq) and the IETF RFC 6329 standard. It can be used to deliver a comprehensive array of network services, including Layer 2 and Layer 3 virtualization and optimized routing and multicast. It uses a single control plane (IS-IS) to handle both unicast and multicast traffic – eliminating the need for any additional IGPs or PIM based protocols. It also uses a new service identifier called an I-SID for encapsulation and forwarding.Read the New World of IP Multicast paper Listen to the Packet Pushers Podcast “Avaya Makes IP Multicast Simple (Really!)”
How was Leeds University was able to meet PCI DSS compliance with the Avaya network?
Avaya: Leeds Beckett University was a customer who started using the Avaya Fabric for Data Center interconnect – to deliver resilient load balanced Layer 2 services between geographically dispersed data centers. They quickly realized that they could improve core resiliency by migrating their OSPF core to IS-IS. As a result, they reduced inter-site failovers from a minute to 20 milliseconds. They then turned up the integrated VRF capabilities within the fabric to provide a completely isolated (or stealth network) that was dedicated solely to credit card transactions. Providing an isolated end to end network that was separate from all staff/student traffic helped Leeds Beckett meet PCI DSS compliance for the banks. From an implementation perspective, this was easy for them to do. They were able to deploy the services at the network edges only using only a few commands.View the press release Listen to this Packet Pushers podcast where this deployment is discussed in detail. Learn more about how Avaya can help you meet PCI DSS compliance
How many commands are necessary to do a SVN?
Avaya: One of the major values of the Avaya implementation is that SVNs can be set up very quickly using very few commands. Service provisioning occurs at the network edges only (without any need to touch the core) and can be implemented in just a couple lines of commands via the CLI or through intuitive centralized management tools.
Avaya: For NSX, there are two ways that Avaya’s Fabric Connect technology can leveraged. First, we can be the intelligent underlay for an NSX deployment – eliminating the need for IP multicast or the IGP as transport. This provides better resiliency (much faster recoveries) and increased simplification (less provisioning).
We are also developing a VTEP to interwork with NSX deployments. This will allow for seamless extension of the NSX deployment to support DCI and to extend to the edge of the campus/branch environment for true end to end service deployment.
With regards to OpenFlow, we have plans to support this protocol across our switching portfolio.
I’m interested in your Santa Clara installation, where can I find more information about that?
Avaya: We do not have a written case study on this deployment yet, however, I have attached a link to a brochure that articulates the values of the Avaya fabric technology in the context of video surveillance.Watch the video Download the brochure
This customer has hosted site visits in the past and may be willing to again if there is strong interest. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
How can I learn more about your fabric technology?
Please refer to the following materials. Also please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can put you in touch with one of our engineers.Fabric Connect Customer Experience Research Report
Top Ten Things you need to know about Fabric ConnectFabric Connect Video on You Tube