Nortel SMLT -- Cisco equivalent

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by tony, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. tony

    tony Guest

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a nortel lab here in
    Michigan. They were showing us their 8600 switch and all the
    wonderful things that it can do. One of the most interesting features
    is SMLT -- Split Multi Link Trunking.

    You can have two fibre lines running from a switch stack to the core.
    One plugs into the first 8600 and the other in the second 8600. Both
    lines are apparently running in a load balanced configuration. The
    techs pulled the plug on one piece of fibre and the lag was one ping.
    Plugged that back in and again only a one ping lag. He did the second
    line and the same result.

    My question is this. Does cisco have anything that resembles this
    technology. Nortel tells me that this is not based on Spanning Tree
    at all but some other technology that they have perfected. This of
    course all happens at Layer 2.

    tony, Nov 25, 2003
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    Dave Keith Guest

    We had that capability with Develcon WAN routers in the early 90's. Of
    course it was a remnant of the DevelNet technology from the 80's ... not
    that this helps a Cisco shop :)
    Dave Keith, Nov 25, 2003
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    dbis Guest

    We had that capability with Develcon WAN routers in the early 90's. Of
    not sure about cisco, but 3com 49xx or 40x0 w/ XRN does LACP across
    units. I have tested two 3com 4900 + XRN in distributed fabric and got
    subsecond switch over (120 ms delay in ping round trip vs. 10 ms in
    normal operation)
    dbis, Nov 25, 2003
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    Geert Nijs Guest

    You have reached the same conclusion as i: no cisco does not have an
    equivalent for this.
    quite shocking he :)

    on the new 3750 switches they have some features that "resembles" it, but
    its not really the same......

    The basis of Nortel Split MLT is that the two backbone 8600 routers appear
    as ONE switch to the access
    switch (stack). And the two uplink are just a channel (cisco terminology).
    This is possible due to a special dedicated link between the 8600 (need
    1Gbit), called SMLT......

    Geert Nijs, Nov 25, 2003
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    Aug 14, 2006
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    charan_jeetsingh, Aug 14, 2006
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    Nov 24, 2010
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    Cisco has got Virtual Switching which kills SMLT!

    Refer to my document in here :

    www . net-grp . com

    and search for VSS
    rasoolg, Nov 24, 2010
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    Mar 17, 2011
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    Nortel/Avaya switch clustering (SMLT) kills Cisco VSS
    Nortel has on all layer 3 switches
    Cisco only on 6500 and 720 sup for legacy hardware.
    Nortel provided on all existing layer 3 switches in later code.
    Also Nortel/Avaya clustering way easier to setup than cisco.
    MC13, Mar 17, 2011
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    Zmegolaz, Dec 7, 2011
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