Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000

Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000
Future-ready Ethernet switching platform
specifically architected for tomorrow’s
high‑performance Data Center
The VSP 7000's capabilities
have been enhanced with the
10.3 feature releases, including:
• Enhancing the Avaya Fabric Connect technology –
our end-to-end network virtualization capability - enabled for concurrent interoperability with the The Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 Series, with its
unique ‘Distributed Top-of-Rack’ capability, is the Data
Center Top-of-Rack solution that delivers the industry’s
best application performance; featuring multi-hop lowlatency, supporting advanced Fabric-based services, and
enabling a one-touch, edge-only provisioning model.
Leveraging this application performance advantage,
businesses can reduce time-to-decision cycles, and reduce
both deployment and operational costs.
Switch Cluster technology
• Introducing the new VSP 7024XT 24-port 10GBASE-T Switch
• Introducing the new 7002QQ 2-port 40 Gigabit QSFP+ Media Dependent Adapter
• Introducing our Software-Defined SAN The Avaya Virtual Services Platform
7000 Series is an energy and spaceefficient platform built around a nextgeneration chipset, delivering wirespeed 1/10Gbps Ethernet for today’s
connectivity requirements. It is also
uniquely future-ready with the
embedded flexibility to seamlessly
support 40 and 100Gbps Ethernet,
Storage convergence, and has been
built to support network‑wide fabricbased virtualized services and lossless
technology for converged storage support
• Re-structured Software Licensing delivers all features in the default Base License for enhanced ownership costs
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•Built around an innovative fifth
generation flexible high-performance
ASIC chipset with optimized packet
buffering and enlarged scaling
•Versatile cooling options conforming
to established data center hot/cold
aisle arrangements
•Hot-swappable power supplies, fans,
and pluggable expansion
•Wire-speed hardware guaranteeing
high throughput and low latency
•Dedicated high-speed ports empower
the flexible, low-latency Distributed
Top-of-Rack capacity that seamlessly
connects multiple units
•Future-ready support for sophisticated
virtualization technologies and highspeed interfaces
Ready for today
The Virtual Services Platform 7000
Series (VSP 7000) is ideally suited to
deliver today’s pressing need for
flexible, high-speed Ethernet
connectivity in the high-performance
data center Top-of-Rack (ToR) role.
Additionally it provides a cost-effective
10 Gigabit Ethernet fan-out capability
for existing core switch deployments,
saving valuable ports and slots. It also
has application in the campus
distribution layer, delivering flexible
connectivity and consolidation options.
Featuring a hardened physical
architecture of dual, hot-swappable AC
or DC power supplies and fan trays, the
VSP 7000 is an important addition to a
network manager’s toolkit for creating
always-on high-performance solutions.
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VSP 7024XLS Ethernet Switch with MDA Slot
VSP 7024XT Ethernet Switch with MDA Slot
VSP 7000 Series rear view - note the four
Fabric Interconnect ports (located between
the removable power supplies and fans)
The VSP 7000 Series includes two
variants. The 7024XLS, the first
model introduced, features 24 fixed
SFP+ sockets, supporting a wide
variety of both 1Gbps and 10Gbps
Ethernet pluggable transceivers,
enabling short- and long-haul copper
and fiber connections. The new
7024XT model features 24-ports of
fixed 10GBASE-T support, presented
as RJ45 connectors.
In addition, the VSP 7000 Series
products also feature a versatile
Media Dependent Adapter slot that
supports a range of high-speed
expansion options, such as additional
10Gbps ports (SFP+ sockets or
10GBASE-T via RJ45), and 40Gbps
Ethernet connectivity.
An innovative design helps ensures
that the appropriate portion of the
switching fabric's powerful
1,280Gbps performance is
dedicated to supporting MDA-based
connections, while still providing for
wire-speed throughout for all front
panel and high-capacity
The design of the VSP 7000 is
sympathetic to the evolving
requirements for precisely planned
environmental implementations and
it offers both front-to-back and
back-to-front options for the fieldreplaceable fans tray and power
supplies; this gives the flexibility to
conform to a variety of hot-aisle/
cold-aisle design requirements.
Future-ready for tomorrow
In addition to the versatility afforded
by the optional MDA, the VSP 7000
includes a host of strategic innovations
that help ensure it will continue to
deliver cutting-edge performance and
services throughout an extended life
cycle. Among the future-ready
features is the advanced fifth
generation application-specific
integrated circuit (ASIC) chipset that
has been optimized for network
operations, including:
•Smart packet buffering to deliver
lower latencies and efficiently
reallocate memory to those ports
suffering congestion
•Larger table capacities provide for
improved scaling
•Embedded services in support of
applications such as IP Flow
Information Export (IPFIX)
7002QQ Media Dependent Adapter
featuring 2 x 40GBASE-QSFP+ sockets
7008XLS Media Dependent Adapter
featuring 8 x 10GBASE-SFP+ sockets
7008XT Media Dependent Adapter
featuring 8 x 10GBASE-T ports
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•Native support for the particular
computational functionality crucial
in high-performance data center
and metro deployment scenarios
In addition to a class-leading switching
performance of over 1.2Tbps, the VSP
7000 has been equipped from the
outset with superior CPU and memory
resources so that it has the capabilities
to execute the sophisticated
algorithms necessary for a successful
fabric-based infrastructure.
Deployment options
and benefits:
»»Top-of-Rack Data Center supporting single/dualattach
»»Fibre aggregation Distribution Switch or Data Center 10
Gigabit fan-out
»»Ethernet Storage transport
leveraging low-cost ATA-overEthernet
»»Fibre Channel-over-Ethernet integration with a Software-
Defined SAN capability
»»Flexible DC deployment
scenarios, either traditional or
»»Transitional between 1G and full
10G plant, seeking a strategic
»»1/10GbE support
»»Future-ready for key enabling
»»Seamlessly transition the highly
virtualized server environment
from multiple 1GbE connections
to one or two 10GbE – increase
capacity, reduce latency, reduce
»»Make a strategic investment in a
future-ready platform that matches
the mainstream data center
evolution requirements and
timeline – 40/100GbE, Storage
convergence, DCB
»»Class-leading performance
package – lowest latency, highest
switching, most advanced
chipset, and unique Fabric
Interconnect ports that are builtin and support flexible Distributed
Top-of-Rack deployment
Avaya Distributed
The Avaya Stackable Chassis feature
is a common thread that runs
through our fixed-format Switching
products. Built using Avaya's
pioneering 'Flexible Advanced
Stacking Technology' (FAST), this
capability delivers genuine chassislike levels of resiliency and
performance at a fixed format price.
This is one of the differentiators that
make Avaya genuinely unique to
competitive offerings. The
experience gained developing
successive generations of this
technology across multiple product
lines has enabled Avaya to now
deliver the 'Distributed Top-of-Rack'
capability with the VSP 7000 Series.
This capability creates a virtual
backplane optimizing local traffic
flows by always forwarding packets
along the shortest path between
source and destination, using
dedicated high-speed
interconnections. This is particularly
beneficial in a data center
environment creating a flatter,
latency-free network that
encompasses multiple racks of highly
virtualized servers. Available
originally as a scale-out
implementation of FAST, Distributed
Top-of-Rack was extended with an
additional mode - Fabric-mode - and
this increases deployment flexibility
and operational agility.
Stack-mode: the same proven
capability, now faster
High-capacity virtual backplane - it’s
been a given that performance
comes as a natural function of design
and price. However, with Stack-mode
Distributed Top-of-Rack, Avaya has
been able to combine non-blocking
internal Switching Fabrics with a
high-speed interconnectivity
architecture to deliver a truly high
performance and cost-effective
solution. The Stack-mode
implementation is not bound by the
limitations and constraints facing
rivals (such as token sharing/passing
systems, or basic cascading), and
has been specifically designed to
scale proportionally as new member
switches are added; as more ports
are added and the requirement for
more bandwidth grows. A shortestpath traffic forwarding capability is
at the heart of our resilient
architecture, ensuring that the
shortest, most optimal forwarding
path is selectively chosen for each
unique data flow. There is none of
the unwieldy logical ring or token
technology that lesser offerings use,
but a star-based distributed
forwarding topology that allows
traffic to flow either ‘upstream’ or
‘downstream’ simultaneously from
every Switch in the system,
optimizing both performance,
resiliency, and resource utilization.
The VSP 7000 features our most
advanced implementation to date,
delivering a familiar, proven
capability that can be used as a
scalable building block for an
evolving, high-performance Data
Center environment.
In-service maintenance and restoration
Virtual hot-swap capability – this
crucial serviceability and operability
feature helps ensure that any unit
failure can be quickly and easily
rectified. It’s a hot-swap capability
pioneered in modular switches, and
also made available on VSP 7000
when deployed in Stack-mode.
Enabling immediate like-for-like unit
replacement without impacting other
functionality and traffic, and without
complex engineering intervention,
empowers operators to deploy our
solutions just as they would a chassis.
When a failure occurs the neighboring
switches will automatically wrap their
fabric connections to help ensure that
adjacent racks in the data center are
not impacted. The failed unit is simply
disconnected from the virtual
backplane and a like unit – without
any pre-staging of software or
configuration – can be inserted,
cabled, and powered-up. The
Automatic Unit Replacement (AUR)
process self-manages any necessary
downloads to the new switch and then
brings it online; all of this without the
need for an engineer to configure or
manage the process.
Distributed power and forwarding
No single point-of-failure – with a
chassis solution this has meant N+1
power supplies and even redundant
Switching Fabrics. With Distributed
Top-of-Rack implemented in Stackmode it is much the same but
without the cost penalty: each unit
has an independent Switching
Fabric, and each ‘Switching Module’
has an independent power supply,
which means that there is no one
single point-of-failure. The VSP
7000's dual hot-swappable power
options further enhances the overall
resiliency of the solution. Any
individual element failure is
equivalent to the failure of a single
module within a chassis. Frame
forwarding decisions are distributed
across the Fabric; when a frame
forwarding decision results in the
need to forward the frame to another
Switch, the intelligent shortest path
algorithm determines whether the
frame will traverse the virtual
Automatic software & configuration
control, and centralized management
Simplified implementation and
management – with a chassis
solution it is simply a case of adding
a new module, adding configuration,
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number is 500 – as opposed to the
‘hard-coded’ FAST limit of 8 (per
•The virtual backplane capacity
increases from the Stack-mode
limit of 5.12Tbps, and is up to
280Tbps (based on 500 Switches)
and connecting devices. With the
VSP 7000, it is much the same:
simply cable-in a new member,
extend the appropriate
configuration – all units are managed
as a single network entity. The
Automatic Unit Replacement (AUR)
feature is the process that delivers
the Agent Image software, the
configuration file, and the Diagnostic
Image software to any additional or
replacement Switch; it self-manages
any necessary downloads to the new
Switches and then brings it online.
All units operate, appear, and are
managed as a single network entity,
with unique IP and MAC Addresses.
Management functions are
performed by a ‘Master Unit’ (MU),
which is selected as part of
initializing the virtual backplane.
Once normal operations have been
established, if the MU (e.g. Unit 1)
fails or is rebooted, the next Switch
(e.g. Unit 2) will take over as
Temporary MU (TMU) and remain as
such until either it or the entire
system is reset. If Unit 2, as the TMU,
fails or is reset, then the TMU status
will transfer to the next downstream
unit. The important point is that
there is always a process for electing
the master and a backup to help
ensure continuous operation of the
combined system.
Fabric-mode: enhanced
functionality for next-generation,
scale-out virtual networking
The VSP 7000 is an integral
component of our Fabric Connect
strategy for end-to-end Fabricenabled networking, and the
introduction of Shortest Path
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Bridging (SPB) enables us to
leverage this technology to further
innovate by developing the unique
Distributed Top-of-Rack capability.
With Fabric-mode, multiple VSP
7000s can be very flexibly meshed
to uniquely deliver multi-hop, lowlatency for deployment scenarios
that call for massive scale-out.
•Like-for-like Switch replacement,
i.e. how replacement units are
introduced and how image and
configuration files are deployed, is
a manual process in Fabric-mode,
as opposed to the automated
functionality delivered by Stackmode Auto Unit Replacement
•The rules governing how Fabric
Interconnect ports are cabled
changes from the strict
requirements of Stack-mode to
‘free’ with Fabric-mode, promoting
very flexible topologies
Avaya has architected the Fabricmode Distributed ToR solution to
ultimately scale up to many hundreds
of Switches within a single domain,
with the current implementation
supporting up to 500 Switches
networked as a single contiguous
Fabric. This configuration delivers
scale of up to 16,000 wire-speed 10
Gigabit Ethernet ports - or up to
12,000 ports of 10 Gigabit and 1,000
ports of 40 Gigabit - that are directly
supported by a virtual backplane
with a capacity of 280Tbps. The agile
building block approach is extremely
flexible, with virtually no hard-andfast topology constraints; blocks can
be small or large, and individual
Switches easily interconnected with
extended-reach copper or fiber
•Switches are individually managed
in Fabric-mode as opposed to the
group management approach with
The Fabric-mode of operation differs
from the existing Stack-mode option
in a number of key areas:
•The Shortest Path Bridging
standard is used as the
internetworking protocol
technology (as opposed to the
Avaya FAST protocol) to control
the forwarding of traffic between
The Avaya Switch Cluster technology
is built using the Split Multi-Link
Trunking technology that is unique to
our products, yet is fully interoperable
with third party Switches,Servers,
Appliances, and Routers. What this
delivers is a series of benefits that
provide real value; while it may be
possible to simulate certain individual
elements, there is no competitive
offering that can rival the
•The upper scale of a single 'domain'
is determined by the number of
SPB Nodes supported within
software – the current supported
•And finally, the configuration effort
required to deploy both modes is
relatively similar with the very low
configuration burden being a
feature of both
As can be seen, the expansion of the
Distributed Top-of-Rack modes of
operation provides powerful
additional capabilities and
deployment flexibility. Some
scenarios may call for Fabric-mode’s
higher interconnection scale or more
flexible cabling approach while
others might take advantage of
Stack-mode’s additional activeactive options or streamlined
Avaya Switch Cluster
combined capabilities, particularly in
terms of simplicity and efficiency.
Delivering end-to-end
application availability
Interoperable solution that extends
beyond Switches to Servers – this
means that the high-availability is
not limited to only the switching
network (the Switches themselves
and their direct links), but to the total
network; importantly also extended
to attached Servers, Appliances, and
WAN Routers, etc. All competing
offers are based on interaction within
the Switch domain, and crucially do
not extend to the application hosts
themselves. Most rival offerings are
based around variations of the
Spanning Tree Protocol (STP);
however this is limited to the actual
switches and is not supported by
other devices (servers, etc). By
excluding servers from the active
resiliency technology, these solutions
cannot extend availability to the
applications themselves. The
Avaya Switch Cluster technology is
independent of STP and extends to
support any device that utilizes Link
Aggregation, a technology that is
both basic and ubiquitous. Devices
that attach to the Switch Cluster
create a virtual connection using
multiple physical links, this provides
resiliency together with additional
Simplified solutions
A capability that is simple to deploy
and one that does not require
complex and/or expensive
products – the various capabilities
and benefits that Switch Cluster
technology provides are delivered
without complexity. There is no need
for expensive hardware or software,
or for complex configuration or
on-going maintenance. This helps
ensure that the business benefits are
not ‘purchased at any price’; indeed
Switch Cluster technology uniquely
combines simplicity with costeffectiveness. While some of the
individual capabilities can be
simulated using other techniques
and/or a myriad of additional
products, that approach can only
add cost and complexity.
As an example, Switch Cluster
technology delivers user pre-session
load-sharing across all uplinks from the
access switch to the core; this
capability is automatically enabled
without the need for any additional
hardware, software, or configuration.
To attempt to replicate this level of
capability in a STP-based network, it
would need to have multiple VLANs
with MSTP/RSTP configured, a Layer
3-enabled Switch with routing and
ECMP configured, and even then this
solution would be limited to pre-VLAN
load-sharing only (not pre-session).
Solutions that scale enterprise-wide
Sub-second failover & recovery
Cost-effective solutions for every
network size, not limited to top-of-therange product – business processes that
demand high-availability are typically
also deployed company-wide; so it is
imperative to deliver consistent levels of
resiliency across the entire network.
Avaya is uniquely positioned to offer the
same capability, using the same
technology, in a broad range of
platforms that scale in both price and
performance matching various
requirements across the network. This
enables the consistent delivery of a
network that is itself constantly
delivering end-to-end application
availability, regardless of location or size.
Delivering the necessary availability
and also facilitating in-service
maintenance and optimized
performance – Switch Clustering is
probably best known for delivering
sub-second failover and recovery.
While this remains extremely
important, and never more
important, it is not necessarily a
feature that remains unique.
Enhancements to STP – namely rapid
reconfiguration – can be aggressively
configured to deliver similar levels of
failover performance. However all
flavors of STP remain tied to the
concept of detecting and acting
upon changes to the network
topology. This makes a network
extremely sensitive to the reliability
and availability of particular devices
(root bridges, etc). Avaya’s Switch
Cluster technology is built around
the concept of mirrored devices and
virtualized capabilities, so that an
entire switch can be removed
(through failure or for emergence or
routine maintenance) without any
loss of overall application availability.
What Avaya continues to deliver in
this area is a degree of network
recovery which also facilitates
in-service maintenance. The
deterministic nature of Switch
Cluster technology empowers
network operators to
compartmentalize the network,
making essential services even more
resilient, and allowing for individual
failures to be repaired in real time,
without service restoration work
impacting on collateral components
or applications.
Virtualization and network
fabric infrastructure
Most enterprises are looking at ways to
reduce cost and improve time-toservice, and most are looking for ways
to improve the operational efficiency
of the Data Center. Wouldn’t it be nice
if you could deploy a new application
across multiple data centers in an
instant? Wouldn’t it be nice if you
could give IT the ability to simply say
“yes" when there is a new application
or service that needs to be deployed
on the network? Server virtualization
within the data center is now taken
for granted, with some declaring that
‘Cloud Computing’ will become a
reality for most enterprises, and that
applications, information, and
compute resources will become
simple commodities. Experience has
proved one thing; the Data Center of
the future cannot be built on the
technology of the past. Generalpurpose products, outmoded
techniques, and legacy designs
cannot be re-packaged as ‘data
center-ready’. The industry will take
the best and leave the rest. Ethernet
is readily available, cost-effective,
extensible, and – as the 40 and 100
Gigabit developments prove –
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network, including the optimal path to
any destination, a fully distributed and
dynamically maintained solution is
Avaya Virtualization Provisioning
scalable, however many existing
deployment methodologies are no
longer an option.
The Avaya Virtual Enterprise
Network Architecture is an overarching strategy designed to
improve network uptime by
delivering the infrastructure that
creates the private cloud and
virtually eliminates user-error
network outages. We are reducing
time-to-service with simple onetouch provisioning and we are
improving Data Center efficiency
with a tight integration between
applications and network
virtualization. We are reliably
connecting users and content, with
independent testing commissioned
by Avaya reinforcing the fact that we
consistently deliver some of best
total cost of ownership in the
industry. With an Avaya data
network, you will get more value for
every dollar spent by IT.
Avaya Fabric Connect
The Avaya Fabric Connect
technology, based on an extended
implementation of the Shortest Path
Bridging (SPB) standard, offers the
ability to create a simplified network
that can dynamically virtualize
elements to empower efficient
provisioning and utilization of
resources, thus reducing the strain
on the network and personnel.
Combined with the Avaya
Virtualization Provisioning Service
tool, the Avaya Fabric Connect
technology can, for example, fully
synchronize the provisioning of the
networking requirements of
workload mobility within and
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between data centers, dynamically
and seamlessly moving or extending
virtualized computing resources,
without the provisioning complexity
associated with rival solutions. Based
on SPB, an IEEE 802.1aq standard
augmented with Avaya
enhancements that deliver specific
enterprise optimization, Fabric
Connect offers a robust and resilient
alternative to today’s existing
offerings and it delivers innovative
services and solutions while
maintaining Ethernet’s key value
propositions of simplicity and costeffectiveness. Fabric Connect
delivers new capabilities in the
crucial areas of simplicity, scalability,
performance, reliability, and service
orchestration and abstraction.
Creating a fault-tolerant, powerful, and
self-aware end-to-end fabric, this
transparent network features a design
where service provisioning occurs only
at the perimeter. The advantage is
immediate and pronounced;
administrative effort is reduced, errors
are avoided, and time-to-service is
vastly enhanced. The beauty of the
underlying SPB technology is that it
masks devices, links, and protocols and
delivering what is logically an
extended Ethernet LAN that provides
connectivity for multiple end-points.
That’s the simple concept and SPB
achieves this in an interesting and quite
unique way. It leverages a dynamic
link-state routing protocol called
Intermediate System-to-Intermediate
System (IS-IS) and extends it to share
topology, reachability, and device
information between every node in the
SPB domain. With nodes holding their
own self-determined view of the
Avaya Virtualization Provisioning
Service is a virtualization management
solution that delivers automation,
visibility & reporting that spans the
network infrastructure, servers,
storage and applications, across both
physical and virtual environments.
Today’s Data Center networks are
inefficient in dealing with server
virtualization. From the time a Virtual
Machine (VM) is created to the time it
is activated, moved around or
deactivated, the network has no
visibility into the virtual machine
lifecycle. There are also few tools, if
any, when it comes to troubleshooting
and managing VMs in the network.
Due to the ability of VMs to
dynamically move from server to
server, provisioning the network for
VM security and application
performance has proven to be a very
serious networking challenge.
An important milestone in the
evolution to a virtualized Data Center
is making the network very
“efficient” when it comes to
managing, troubleshooting,
provisioning and securing virtual
machines in the network. This
includes bringing network level
insight and visibility to the virtual
machine lifecycle, applying the
appropriate network and port level
configurations at an individual VM
level, dynamically tracking VMs as
they move across the data center
and enforcing the network attributes
of the VMs wherever they migrate in
the data center. Avaya’s
Virtualization Provisioning Service
(VPS) is a software application
service that acts as glue between
VMware’s vCenter and Avaya’s
Configuration and Orchestration
Manager. Avaya Virtualization
Provisioning Service provides a relay
mechanism to bridge the gap of
complete end-to-end provisioning of
servers and network devices in a
fully virtualized Data Center
environment. It learns dynamic
virtualized server topologies and
updates Avaya devices to react to
changes in server topologies. It
provisions connectivity services
(VLANs) on Switch ports based on
the actual network connectivity and
provisions QoS filter, ACL, SPB I-SID
& port profiles (templates) – based
on preconfigured rules – to Switch
Provisioning changes can be applied
automatically based on a set of
predefined rules which are checked and
applied to network ports dynamically if
the rule applies. They can also be
applied manually where there is an alert
to the network administrator that there
is a change happening within the server
environment and then a guided
workflow is triggered that would allow
the administrator to apply the manual
network configuration change. These
changes to the network, which can be
done in real-time, are critical in helping
to ensure the applications function as
expected and that moving the VM
doesn’t negatively impact the end-user
experience for that particular
An area of differentiation for Avaya
Virtualization Provisioning Service is
its integration with the Avaya
Identity Engines portfolio to deliver
intelligent rule-based access control
for individual VMs. This gives
network administrators the ability to
prevent individuals from moving
certain VMs in the middle of the day
increases protection of specific
networks so that only approved VM’s
can be connected to them.
Avaya Virtualization Provisioning
Service will also provide a wealth of
reporting options so that network
operators have a clear view of the VM
lifecycle and activity (activations,
deactivations, changes), it will provide
details on what network changes were
completed based on user, device, time,
type of access etc. Network operators
can also customize the alerts that they
receive based on the device type, port
groups or even server type.
This comprehensive solution truly
brings the virtualized applications
together with the virtualized network
and helps ensure that the network is
able to constantly adapt to changes
in the computing environment. VM
mobility is then transparent to the
end user utilizing those applications.
The VSP 7000 can be managed by a
variety of management tools, creating
a flexible operational environment
based on business requirements.
These include: standardized Command
Line Interface (CLI), Web-based
Enterprise Device Manager (EDM),
SNMP-based management (SNMPv1,
v2 & v3), and the evolving Unified
Management framework for
comprehensive, centralized, and multifacetted network management. It is
based on common services –
authentication and access control,
audit, etc – and then a number of
integrated AJAX-based plug-in
applets that deliver seamless taskspecific capabilities all with a
consistent look and feel: Configuration
& Orchestration Management;
Visualization, Performance and Fault
Management; and IP Flow Manager.
Provision wizards and other laborsaving tools help ensure faster
service activation and more
consistent approach to
configuration; this has the added
benefit of reducing human-error as
templates are pre-populated with
best-practice recommendations or
mandatory values. The entire
framework is context-based which
enables a faster, more accurate and
highly-intelligent approach to
delivering both device-centric and
network-wide management services.
Enhanced agility, flexibility, time-toservice, and automation are the main
aspirational goals of SoftwareDefined Networking (SDN). Avaya’s
pragmatic approach is focused on
delivering solutions for real-world
business challenges.
Software-Defined Data Center
Avaya’s Software-Defined Data
Center framework is designed to
deliver productivity, agility and timeto-service enhancements to
businesses operating highly
virtualized Data Centers. The SDDC
framework aims to break down
traditional Data Center silos that
require weeks or months to turn up
an application and replace it with a
simple five-step process that takes
Avaya’s framework includes an
orchestration process that combines,
customizes and commissions
compute, storage and network
components. Use of the OpenStack
cloud computing platform will allow
Data Center administrations to
deploy virtual machines, assign
storage and configure networks
through a single graphical user
interface. Fabric Connect further
enhances the OpenStack
environment by removing
restrictions in traditional Ethernet
VLAN/Spanning Tree-based
networks to enable a more dynamic,
flexible and scalable network
services model than exists today.
The Avaya SDDC framework is based
on the following components:
•Fabric Connect technology as the
virtual backbone to interconnect
resource pools within and between
data centers with increased
flexibility and scale
•An Avaya-developed OpenStack
Horizon-based Management
Platform, delivering orchestration
for compute (Nova), storage
(Cinder/Swift) and network via
Avaya Fabric Connect (Neutron)
•Open APIs into the Fabric Connect
architecture for ease of integration,
customization and interoperability
with other Software-Defined
Networking architectures
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Ultimately, Avaya’s SDDC framework
can ultimately provide the following
benefits to businesses:
•Reduced Time-to-Service: cloud
services enabled in minutes through
a few simple steps
•Simplified Virtual Machine Mobility:
simple end-point provisioning
enabling virtual machine mobility
within and between geographically
dispersed data centers
•Multi-Vendor Orchestration:
coordinated allocation of data
center resources via a single
interface to streamline the
deployment of applications
•Scale-out Connectivity: services
scale to more than 16 million unique
services, up from the limitation of
4000 in traditional Ethernet
•More Secure Multi-Tenancy:
leveraging network, compute and
storage layer abstraction and
•Improved Network Flexibility:
overcomes current VLAN challenges
to deliver a load-balanced, loop-free
network where any logical topology
can be built, independent of the
physical layout
The VSP 7000 Series is fully
integrated into Avaya's SDDC
framework, with device configuration
orchestrated via the Avaya SDN
Controller plug-in component of the
OpenStack-based Horizon dashboard.
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Lifetime warranty
Avaya includes Industry-leading
warranty services for the portfolio
of Stackable Chassis products,
including the VSP 7000. We provide
complimentary next-business-day
shipment of failed units for the full life of
the product; next-business-day
shipping to replace failed hardware
worldwide. Avaya also offers
complimentary basic technical support:
Level 1 the supported lifecycle of the
product and up to Level 3 for the first
90 days after purchase; this includes
support for the shipped software
version, with an optional Software
Release Service available to provide
access to new feature releases. As per
industry norm for hardware, ‘Lifetime’ is
defined as the production lifecycle
phase, plus 5 years postdiscontinuation.
The Avaya Virtual Services Platform
7000 is purpose-built to support the
dynamic data center and high-density
10 Gigabit Ethernet Top-of-Rack
deployments of today. It alleviates
infrastructure complexity and reduces
power consumption with a truly
scalable and strategic architecture;
it is designed to be the highperformance top-of-rack platform
for the next decade.
Supporting mission-critical applications
requires 24/365 always-on
infrastructure, and the VSP 7000
delivers against this challenge. It is a
highly strategic product that is fit-forpurpose for today’s connectivity
requirements and future-ready for the
evolving and emerging applicationdriven needs of tomorrow.
The VSP 7000 brings unique
differentiation to the ToR role: with a
flexible, non- blocking architecture,
including wire-speed Server access
connections and Fabric Interconnect
ports. The VSP 7000 is purpose-built
to support today’s dynamic Data Center
operations and high-density, lowlatency 10 Gigabit Ethernet Top-ofRack deployments. It alleviates
infrastructure complexity and reduces
power consumption with a truly
scalable and strategic architecture; it is
designed to deliver a high-performance
Distributed Top-of-Rack solution that
fully optimizes next-generation
application virtualization investments.
Ordering Information
Part Code
Product Description
Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7024XLS 24-port 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ Switch (Back-to-Front Cooling)
Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7024XLS 24-port 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ Switch (Front-to-Back Cooling)
Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7024XT 24-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch (Back-to-Front Cooling)
Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7024XT 24-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch (Front-to-Back Cooling)
7002QQ 2-port 40GBASE-QSFP+ Media Dependent Adapter
7008XLS 8-port 10GBASE-SFP+ Media Dependent Adapter
7008XT 8-port 10GBASE-T Media Dependent Adapter
Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 AC Power Supply (Front-to-Back Cooling)
Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 AC Power Supply (Back-to-Front Cooling)
Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 DC Power Supply (Front-to-Back Cooling)
Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 DC Power Supply (Back-to-Front Cooling)
Spare Fan for Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 (Front-to-Back Cooling)
Spare Fan for Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 (Back-to-Front Cooling)
Fabric Interconnect Cable (Copper) - 0.6m
Fabric Interconnect Cable (Copper) - 1.0m
Fabric Interconnect Cable (Copper) - 3.0m
Fabric Interconnect Cable (Copper) - 5.0m
Fabric Interconnect Cable (Fiber) - 10.0m (with fixed Tranceiver ends)
Fabric Interconnect Fiber Transceiver for use with 50m & 100m Fabric Interconnect Cables (Fiber) –
2 x Transceivers required per Cable
Fabric Interconnect Cable (Fiber) - 50m – Requires 2 x Fabric Interconnect Fiber Transceivers (AL7018006-E6)
Fabric Interconnect Cable (Fiber) - 100m – Requires 2 x Fabric Interconnect Fiber Transceivers (AL7018006-E6)
Avaya Virtual Services Platform 7000 4 Post Server Rack Mount Kit
Where applicable the seventh character (?) of the Order Code is replaced to indicate the required product nationalization:
No Power Cord option
Includes European “Schuko” Power Cord option, common in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway
and Sweden
Includes Power Cord used in UK and Ireland
Includes Power Cord used in Japan
Includes Power Cord used in North America
Includes Power Cord used in Australia, New Zealand and People’s Republic of China
General and Performance
•Physical Connectivity:
- 7024XLS
24 x 10GBASE-SFP+ Ports (front)
1 x Media Dependent Adapter Slot (front)
4 x High-Speed Fabric Interconnect Ports (rear)
- 7024XT
24 x 10GBASE-T RJ45 Ports1 (front)
1 x Media Dependent Adapter Slot (front)
4 x High-Speed Fabric Interconnect Ports (rear)
•Switch Fabric Architecture:
1,280Gbps Full-Duplex
•Frame forwarding rate: 960Mpps
per Switch
•Typical Latency: ~500nsec
•Typical Jitter: 12 – 14µsec
•OSPF Adjacencies: up to 64
•Frame length: 64 – 1518 Bytes
(Untagged), 64 – 1522 bytes (802.1Q
•ECMP Paths: up to 4
•Jumbo Frame support: up to 9,216
Bytes (802.1Q Tagged)
•Avaya Distributed Top-of-Rack,
- Stack-mode of up to 8 units leveraging 5.12Tbps of virtual backplane capacity to support up to 256 10GbE ports, or up to 192 10GbE/16 40GbE ports
- Fabric-mode of up to 500 units leveraging 280Tbps of virtual backplane capacity to support up to 16,000 10GbE ports, or up to 12,000 10GbE/1,000 40GbE ports
•Multi-Link Trunks: up to 64 Groups,
with 8 Links per Group
•VLANs: up to 1,024 (up to 4,094
•Multiple Spanning Tree Groups: 8
•MAC Address: 131,000
•DHCP Relay Entries: up to 256
•ARP Entries: up to 4,096
•IP Interfaces: up to 256
•VRRP Instances: up to 256
•IPv6 Routing: Static
•IPv4 Routing: RIP, OSPF
•IPv4 Routes: up to 4,096
•OSPF Areas: up to 4
10GBASE-T interfaces also support connection
at 100/1000Mbps (Full Duplex); for both
7024XT and 7008XT.
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IEEE and IETF Standards
•Avaya Switch Cluster technology:
- Standalone or Stacked mode
- Triangle or Square configuration
- up to 64 MLT Links
- 128 SLT Links
- VRRP Backup Master
- SLPP, SLPP Guard
•Avaya Fabric Connect,
- Standalone or Stacked mode
- L2 Virtual Service Networks
- up to 500 Nodes
- 24 IS-IS Adjacencies
- up to 500 Customer VLANs
- 11,000 Service Identifiers
- 4,096 Switched UNIs
•Software-Defined SAN/Fibre
Channel over Ethernet
•Port Mirroring
•Remote Switch Port Analyzer
•Unicast Storm Control
Pluggable Interfaces
QSFP+ up to 150m over MMF
(MPO connector)
•40GBASE-LR4 QSFP+ up to 400m
over SMF (Duplex LC)
•40GBASE-QSFP+ Direct Attach
Cable, 1m
•40GBASE-QSFP+ Direct Attach
Cable, 3m
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•40GBASE-QSFP+ Direct Attach
Cable, 5m
•10GBASE-SR up to 300m reach
over MMF (Duplex LC)
•10GBASE-LRM up to 220m over
FDDI-grade MMF (Duplex LC)
•10GBASE-LR/LW up to 10km reach
over SMF (Duplex LC)
•10GBASE-ER/EW up to 40km
reach over SMF (Duplex LC)
•10GBASE-ZR/ZW up to 70km
reach on SMF (Duplex LC)
•10GBASE-ER CDWM up to 40km
on SMF (Duplex LC)
•10GBASE-ZR CDWM up to 70km
on SMF (Duplex LC)1000BASE-T
up to 100m over CAT5E or better
UTP Cable (RJ-45)
•1000BASE-SX up to 550m reach
on MMF (Duplex LC)
•1000BASE-SX up to 550m reach
on MMF (Duplex MTRJ)
•1000-BASE-LX up to 550m reach
on MMF, and up to 10 km on SMF
(Duplex LC)
•1000BASE-XD CDWM up to 40 km
reach on SMF (Duplex LC)
•1000BASE-ZX CDWM up to 70 km
reach on SMF (Duplex LC)
•1000BASE-EX up to 120 km reach
on SMF (Duplex LC)
•1000BASE-BX up to 10 and 40 km
reach variants on SMF (LC)
•IEEE 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol
•IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Tagging
•IEEE 802.1p Prioritizing
•IEEE 802.1s Multiple Spanning Tree
•IEEE 802.1w Rapid Reconfiguration
of Spanning Tree
•IEEE 802.1AB Link Layer Discovery
•IEEE 802.1AX/802.3ad Link
Aggregation Control Protocol
•IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet over
- 1 Gigabit, implemented as 1000BASE-SX, 1000BASE-ZX
•IEEE 802.3u Fast Ethernet
•IEEE 802.3x Flow Control
•IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet
•IEEE 802.3ab Gigabit Ethernet over
•IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet
over Fiber
- 10 Gigabit, implemented as 10GBASE-SFP+: 10GBASE-SR, 10GBASE-LR, 10GBASE-ER, 10GBASE-SW, 10GBASE-LW, 10GBASE-EW
•IEEE 802.3an 10 Gigabit Ethernet
of Copper (10GBASE-T)
•802.3ba 40 Gigabit and 100
Gigabit Ethernet over Copper and
- 40 Gigabit, implemented as 40BASE-QSFP+: 40GBASE-SR4, 40GBASE-LR4
•RFC 768 UDP
•RFC 791/950 IP
•RFC 793 TCP
•RFC 826 ARP
•RFC 854 Telnet
•RFC 894 IP over Ethernet
•RFC 951 BootP
•RFC 1058 RIPv1
•RFC 1112 IGMPv1
•RFC 1157 SNMP
•RFC 1213 MIB-II
•RFC 1215 SNMP Traps Definition
•RFC 1271/2819 RMON
•RFC 1305 NTPv3
•RFC 1350 TFTP
•RFC 1361/1769 SNTP
•RFC 1493 Bridge MIB
•RFC 1573/2863 Interface MIB
•RFC 1583/2328 OSPFv2
•RFC 1643/2665 Ethernet MIB
•RFC 1757 RMON
•RFC 1850 OSPF v2 MIB
•RFC 1905/3416 SNMP
•RFC 1906/3417 SNMP Transport
•RFC 1907/3418 SNMP MIB
•RFC 1945 HTTP v1.0
•RFC 1981 Path MTU Discovery for IPv6
•RFC 2011 SNMPv2 MIB for IP
•RFC 2012 SNMPv2 MIB for TCP
•RFC 2013 SNMPv2 MIB for UDP
•RFC 2131 DHCP
•RFC 2138/2865/3576 RADIUS
•RFC 2236 IGMPv2
•RFC 2460 Internet Protocol Version 6
•RFC 2474 DiffServ
•RFC 2475 DiffServ
•RFC 2548 Microsoft Vendor-specific
RADIUS Attributes
•RFC 2737 Entity MIBv2
•RFC 2865 Remote Access Dial-In
User Service
•RFC 2866 RADIUS Accounting
•RFC 3046 DHCP Relay Agent
Information Option
•RFC 3315 DHCPv6 (Relay)
•RFC 3376 IGMPv3
•RFC 3410 SNMPv3
•RFC 3411 SNMP Frameworks
•RFC 3412 SNMP Message
•RFC 3413 SNMPv3 Applications
•RFC 3414 SNMPv3 USM
•RFC 3584 Coexistence of SNMPv1/
•RFC 3768 VRRP
•RFC 3917 IP Flow Information Export
•RFC 3954 NetFlow Services
Export v9
•RFC 3993 Subscriber-ID Sub-option
for DHCP1
•RFC 4007 Scoped Address
•RFC 4213 Basic Transition
Mechanisms for IPv6 (IPv6-in-IPv4)
•RFC 4293 IPv6 MIB
•RFC 4432 RSA Key Exchange for
•RFC 4443 ICMPv6
•RFC 4861 Neighbor Discovery for
•RFC 4862 IPv6 Stateless Address
•RFC 5424 Syslog Protocol
Weights and Dimensions
•Height: 4.37cm, 1RU
•Width: 43.82cm
•Depth: 60.0cm
•Weight: 9kg for the base unit, and
12.2kg with Power Supplies, Fan
Trays, and MDA installed
Power Specifications
•Input Voltage: 100-240VAC
• Input Current
1.5-2.0A @ 100-120VAC
0.75-1.0A @ 200-240VAC
– 7024XT
2.6-3.2A @ 100-120VAC
1.3-1.6A @ 200-240VAC
•Power Consumption
180W without MDA
200W with MDA
400W maximum
240W without MDA
315W with MDA
•Thermal Rating
–7024XLS – 615-1,366BTU/h
–7024XT – 820-1,076BTU/h
Environmental Specifications
•Operating temperature: 0 – 50°C
•Storage temperature: -40 to 85°C
•Operating humidity: 5 – 95%
maximum relative humidity, noncondensing
•Storage humidity: 10 to 90%
maximum relative humidity, noncondensing
•Operating altitude: 0 to 3,692m
•Storage altitude: 0 to 12,192m
•Acoustic Noise: less than 45 – 55dB
at 35°C
RoHS Compliance
•Avaya Virtual Services Platform
7000 products, switches and
field-replaceable components, are
Safety Agency Approvals
•Global basis for certification: EN
60950 current edition with CB
national member deviations
•Mexico: complies with NOM
Electromagnetic Emissions &
•Global basis for certification: CISPR
22 Class A & CISPR 24, IEC 60950
with CB member national deviations
•US: complies with FCC CFR47 Part 15
•Canada: complies with ICES Class A
•Europe: complies with EN 55022
Class A; EN 55024; EN 300386
V1.3.3 Class A
•European Union & EFTA: complies
with EN 55022; EN 55024; EN
61000-3-2; EN 61000-3-3
•Japan/Nippon: complies with VCCI
•Taiwan: complies with BSMI CNS
13428 & 14336, Class A
•Korea: complies with MIC Class A
Redundant Power
•2 field-replaceable hot-swappable
AC or DC internal Power Supplies
MTBF Values
•Avaya Virtual Services Platform
7000 base unit: 241,000 hours
•Lifetime Next Business Day
hardware replacement
•Lifetime Basic Technical Support
•90-Day Advanced Technical
•Optional Software Release Service
also available: GW5300ASG /
Country of Origin
•China (PRC)
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customer and team
engagement solutions
and services available
in a variety of flexible
on-premise and cloud
deployment options.
Avaya’s fabricbased networking
solutions help simplify
and accelerate the
deployment of business
critical applications
and services. For more
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