What are the advantages and disadvantages of MLAG vs Stacking?

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Today we have 4 x670-g2 in stack. We thought of changing to mlag, with 2 switches in stack on each side. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the two topologies?
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Hello Branco,

this is something that has been brought up many times. We just had another fellow community member who summed it up pretty well. The only thing I would add is with MLAG it makes it easier to upgrade the cores considering if one switch goes down the other switch picks up the slack. With a stack the entire stack needs to be rebooted in order to apply the image:


Hope this helps!
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Hi Branco, I hope you don't mind that I have edited the title of this topic to more clearly reflect the question.
You may want to follow this thread posted earlier today: Two design approaches MLAG vs Stacking

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