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Sponsor:   IBM Corporation     View all reports from this sponsor

Title: IBM Flex System Fabric EN4093 10Gb, Flex System EN2092 1Gb Ethernet Scalable Switch and RackSwitch G8052 and G8264 Functionality Certification and Interoperability Evaluation with Cisco Nexus 5548UP, 5596UP, C7009, and Catalyst 6509-E

Publication date:   01 October 2012
Document number:    212134


Heterogeneous, multivendor networks are the rule rather than the exception. IT managers who deploy a variety of Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, 10GbE, and now 40GbE switching devices, in their networks need guaranteed interoperability of these switches to maintain a functional network. Since many networks operate with Cisco equipment, interoperability into Cisco networks is a key requirement for switches at the network edge.

Tolly engineers evaluated the IBM EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switch, EN2092 1Gb Ethernet Scalable Switch, RackSwitch G8052 and RackSwitch G8264 for interoperability with a Cisco Nexus 5548UP, 5596UP, Nexus 7000 and Cisco Catalyst 6509-E switch across Layer 2 features typically used in data center networks: auto-negotiation, 802.1p/Q VLAN tag propagation, 10GbE and 40GbE LAN PHY support, 802.3ad LACP support (Cisco EtherChannel), Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP, PVRST and Cisco PVRST+), Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol 802.1s support, virtual link aggregation (vLAG) (Cisco vPC)and Jumbo Frames. Also evaluated were Layer 3 features: Link Layer Discovery Protocol, RIPv2, BGPv4, OSPF v2 and v3.

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