Show 136: Avaya – Considerations for Turning your Network into an Ethernet Fabric – Sponsored

We’ve done a few shows now on Ethernet Fabrics where we have been getting deep into the different technology options and different vendor implementations.  Avaya has sponsored this show where we actually interview customers who were early adopters of fabric-based  and talk about what drove these customers to implement a network fabric, how they went about deploying it and what the real-world values have been for them and their end users.

One thing we think that you’ll really find interesting is how these customers are using their fabrics.  Their deployments include L2 extensions between data centers, integrated IP routing and even multicast forwarding.  They have unique insight to share on how and why it makes sense to transition L2 and L3 services to a single unified fabric.

Avaya has a different approach to building Ethernet Fabrics based in IEEE standards with Shortest Path Bridging (SPB). SPB works both as an Ethernet Fabric in the Data Centre but also has capabilities in the Campus, MAN and WAN.

We talked in more technical detail about SPB (IEEE 802.1aq & IETF RFC 6329) in Show 44 – The Case for Shortest Path Bridging in May 2011.


  • Phil Taylor, Communications Consultant, from Leed’s Metropolitan University.  He deployed an Ethernet Fabric in 2012 between data centers to gain greater flexibility and agility.
  • Rick Bolt, Network Engineer from Franciscan Alliance –Network Engineer from Franciscan Alliance who deployed a fabric to interconnect 14 hospitals across 3 states.
  • Paul Unbehagen from Avaya – Active member of the IEEE and IETF, one of the authors of the Shortest Path Bridging specification based on IEEE 802.1aq and IETF 6329 and a leading expert on fabric technologies.

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