Avaya Fabric Connect delivers a simplified, agile and resilient infrastructure that makes network configuration and deployment of new services faster and easier. A standards-based network virtualization technology based on an enhanced implementation of IEEE 802.1aq Shortest Path Bridging and IETF RFC 6329, Avaya Fabric Connect combines decades of experience with Ethernet and Intermediate System-to-Intermediate Sytem (IS-IS) to deliver a next-generation technology that combines the best Ethernet with the best of IP. Avaya Fabric Connect creates a multi-path Ethernet network that leverages IS-IS routing to build a topology between nodes dynamically. Traffic always takes the shortest path from source to destination, Increasing performance and efficiency.
- More Than Just a Spanning Tree Replacement
Avaya’s dynamic, real-time, service-based Fabric Connect technology is one of the most advanced network virtualization solution on the market. Avaya Fabric Connect delivers the full breadth of desired integrated services; Layer 3 virtualized services, fully optimized routing and multicast services.
Fabric Connect enables businesses to gradually migrate away from a host of legacy overlay technologies and to enable all services with a single technology.
- More Than Just the Data Center
Avaya Fabric Connect extends network-wide, providing a single service end-to-end delivery model. Services can easily be deployed via simple end-point provisioning where servers and user attach, thereby increasing speed and agility.
- Accelerates Time-to-Service
Avaya Fabric Connect allows new services or changes to services to be implemented at the edge of the network-eliminating error-phone and time-consuming network wide configuration practices. Fabric Connect offers new levels of flexibility in network design by eliminating design constraints and allowing freedom to build services wherever and whenever needed on demand.
- Offers Inherent Data Center Interconnect Capabilities
Avaya Fabric Connect offers a single end-to-end service construct that can extend between multiple geographically dispersed Data Centers without requiring any overlay protocols or complex protocol stitching.
- Delivers PIM-free IP Multicast
Many technologies such as next-generation video surveillance, IPTV, digital signage, desktop imaging, financial applications and some network overlays are reliant on Multicast protocols. Avaya Fabric Connect offers a scalable, reliable and efficient way of supporting IP Multicast Routing, without the onerous requirement of configuring, deploying and maintaining a complex PIM overlay.
- Offers Inherent Multi-Tenant Capabilities
Avaya Fabric Connect offers integrated Virtual Routing and Forwarding Instances which allows for private IP networks to be set up quickly and easily across the fabric-enabled network without requiring any overlay protocols. Isolated Networks can be deployed quickly and easy at the network edges with just a couple of lines of configuration.
- Offers Lightening Fast Recovergence Times
Avaya Fabric Connect customers are experiencing recovery times of less than 50 milliseconds – network-wide-for core, link or node failures. This represents a vast improvement over large OSPF routed cores.
- Scales to 16 Million Unique Services
Avaya Fabric Connect, based on the Shortest Path Bridging standard, utilizes a 24-bit header allowing it to scale up to 16 million unique services.
- Offers Proven Interoperability
Avaya actively participates with other vendors to demonstrate Shortest Path Bridging interoperability through a series of public tests.
10. Important Foundation to Your SDN Strategy
Avaya’s strategy is to first eliminate network complexity in order to provide a simple and flexible network foundation. Fabric Connect first streamlines the network then automate it through OpenStack-based orchestration functionality. It provides a simplified and proven way to automate the service delivery process and evolve to the Software Defined Network of the future.
All information derived from AVAYA 2013.