LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 05/01/13 --
•Alcatel-Lucent, HP and Spirent join Avaya to endorse the benefits of Shortest Path Bridging for fabric networking.
•Interop 2013 to be the first live public showcase of a multi-vendor fabric implementation.
Avaya announced today that Alcatel-Lucent, HP and Spirent will join them to conduct the industry's first, live multi-vendor interoperability test using Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) technology at Interop 2013. The interoperability testing will be conducted across the InteropNet backbone to publicly showcase the multi-vendor fabric implementation.
Shortest Path Bridging is an open and extensible fabric networking technology standardized by the IEEE as 802.1aq and by the IETF as RFC 6329.
SPB enables customers to simplify network creation and management by requiring service provisioning only at the edge of the network. SPB saves time, effort, and reduces human error by dynamically building and maintaining the network topology between nodes using Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS), a proven carrier-grade link state protocol. Establishing a multi-path fabric for traffic distribution, SPB maximizes bandwidth utilization on all paths and executes seamless, sub-second network changes.
The multi-vendor interoperability test demonstrates the benefits of open, standards-based solutions and replicates the reality of today's networks environments, which are frequently characterized by a mix of vendors and equipment distributed across different Data Center locations. In addition, premises-based Data Centers are often backed-up by a cloud service provider. Using SPB in heterogeneous networking environments as a bridge between private and public clouds enables seamless service delivery between Data Centers.
The interoperability test will leverage the InteropNET backbone network to interconnect equipment located at each of the participant's booths. Avaya's SPB-based Fabric Connect technology will support InteropNET, one of the world's largest temporary networks built for Interop 2013, a premier networking industry event. This test builds on previous validation efforts that have demonstrated SPB's capabilities for multi-site Data Centers and hybrid clouds, including a 2000 node / 400 link interoperability test that showcased full control and data plane interoperability between five vendors, and another test that included the migration of a virtual machine over a multi-vendor SPB network that seamlessly transferred services between nodes delivered by different vendors.
The SPB network will consist of the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6900, Avaya Virtual Services Platform 9000, HP 12500 Switch Series alongside Spirent TestCenter.
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