Network Architecture & Design

  • 1.  We are thinking of using the X870 96 port switch in a distribution role

    Posted 05-11-2017 13:40
    X870 96 port being used in distribution , ospf and a combination of eaps and mlag .

    Does anyone have any experience with this new model, any gotya's you have found , this is a big investment and need to make sure the product is up to the merchandising


  • 2.  RE: We are thinking of using the X870 96 port switch in a distribution role

    Posted 05-11-2017 16:46
    I used that kind of configuration on almost all extreme switches, up to x670-g2, and all works well ... I can say it's a quite common "combination" of protocols ...
    I think you can go with no worries to purchase the new x870s 🙂 ...
    just because I'm curious ... for which kind of project you're purchasing them? with which kind of traffic? (ipv4, ipv6, mutlicast, unicast ... )


  • 3.  RE: We are thinking of using the X870 96 port switch in a distribution role

    Posted 05-11-2017 16:46
    Basically they will be paired in distribution Areas

    Currently there are over 150 vlans ,per distribution area which will be using Vrrp , Ospf eaps and mlag ( proposal to move away from eaps ).DSCP will be configured , currently using IPv4 , with various multicast Sparse Mode ... IPv6 is currently being discussed.. we are looking to a 5-7 year operating life cycle , so we like the 40-100 gig options. So we are looking at a network , where each pair of distribution switches needs to be capable of supporting 96 resilient edge stacks at 10gig ( eaps or Mlag )