Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch 8600
A resilient, flexible,
scalable solution
delivering network
exceptional value per
port, and one of the
Industry’s highest 10G
Ethernet densities per
module and rack.
Companies turn to technology to
help boost the bottom line and to
increase productivity. Technology
advances in one area often lead to
real challenges in others. Virtualization is a case in point, particularly when it comes to efficiently connecting
a myriad of disparate applications and systems – many now virtualized – across multiple locations.
Unified Communications
enables collaborative business
processes that are required
for resource sharing across
an organization, improves
day-to-day operational
practice, and deliver costeffective communication
with customers, partners and
Virtualization can transform your IT
into a highly reliable network that drives
infrastructure and your business by providing
Unified Communications and other business-
a clear path to advanced applications
critical applications.
that create a Unified Communications
environment. Virtualization delivers
Recently updated, the Avaya ERS 8600
flexibility and scalability, and enables
offers multiple options that enable IP
faster activation of new services in data
Virtual Private Networking solutions across
centers and the campus core. Without
the entire enterprise. Avaya Layer 3
compromising high-availability and high-
virtualization is simple, flexible, and easy to
performance, virtualizing servers and
deploy – and doesn’t require adjustments to
consolidating services, management and
your existing core infrastructure, adding no
security delivers benefits such as simplified
additional capital equipment expenditures.
management, accelerated decision making,
Because the solution is standards-based and
decreased recurring costs, and increased
uses well-understood IP techniques, less
productivity. Providing one of the Industry’s
training time is required. This can reduce
highest 10G Ethernet densities per module
operational costs when compared to training
and rack, the Avaya Ethernet Routing Switch
required for service provider-centric, Multi-
8600 (ERS 8600) can turn infrastructure
Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) solutions.
Resiliency, intelligence &
scalability without design
The ERS 8600 is a proven, tested, resilient
intelligent network solution that scales,
delivering hundreds of Gigabits per second
(Gbps) and hundreds of millions of packets
per second (Mpps) of performance to the
efficient examination and manipulation of
packet headers. Avaya’s specialized highperformance NPU is known as the Route
Switch Processor (RSP). It delivers fast-
regardless of standards evolution.
it ideal for midsize-to-large enterprise
by inferior designs. In addition to
campuses and data centers.
establishing a solid foundation for Unified
for network-related functions such as
and 10/100/1000 copper and fiber
line rate switching and routing capabilities
unconstrained by bottlenecks imposed
large-scale CPU arrays specifically designed
10G pluggable modules, and 10/100
firmware upgrades and provides 10Gbps
complexity of network design, making
than generic ASIC technology. NPUs are
Chassis, supporting dedicated 1G and
based on its ability to support in-life
The ERS 8600 is a balanced solution,
Network Processing Units (NPU) rather
• Is available in a 3-, 6- and 10-slot
path flexibility and investment protection
core. This flexible switch reduces the
Its switching architecture is based on
The Ethernet Routing Switch 8600
• Delivers high resiliency with optional
redundant, high-availability Switch
Fabrics, N+1 Power Supplies, and
optional dual AC Power Supplies that
enhance redundancy by providing
separate mains inputs
Communications, the ERS 8600 delivers
a flexible networking infrastructure that
• Delivers non-stop, end-to-end
fosters growth by enabling businesses to
application availability as the flagship
leverage new, emerging applications and
SMLT/RSMLT-based product for
Avaya’s “switch cluster” technology
Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 highlights
• Increases resiliency through switching clustering (Split Multi-Link Trunking/Routed Split Multi-Link Trunking) for the most demanding
applications and networks and boosts performance because all links forward traffic at Layer 2 & 3
• Includes virtualized Layer 3 with device and network solutions (e.g., VRF-Lite, IP VPN-Lite, & MPLS)
• Provides cost-effective, simplified multicast virtualization (IGMP, PIM-SM/SSM) and unicast traffic combined with switch clustering
resiliency for multiple customers and communities
• Enables IP VPN services across campus or metro through existing IP infrastructure with no additional equipment or complex setup and
management required
• Streamlines IP VPN and MPLS solutions through high-performance R/RS modules
• Offers high-density 10G, high-density Gigabit and 10/100/1000 Ethernet for enterprise core and aggregation applications, delivering
competitive high value
• Delivers best-in-class resiliency with switch clustering support for VMware server virtualization in an iSCSI environment
• Provides increased value, flexibility, and slot conservation through a new combo module with copper 10/100/1000, 100/1000 SFP and
10GbE XFP interfaces
• Benchmarks network traffic and identifies anomalous behavior using IP Flow Information eXport (IPFIX) IETF RFC 3917
• Supports high-performance IPv6 – a key scalability tool for demanding and expanding networks
• Identifies attack patterns through optional application-aware service modules for deep packet inspection
• Enables traffic analysis and IDS/TPS clustering through sophisticated mirroring capabilities (i.e., many-to-one, one-to-many, and manyto-many)
• Supports large-scale convergence deployments, expanding DWDM Fiber capacity to 20 wavelengths using 10GbE XFP optics
The Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 meets demanding enterprise-class requirements for
scalability, simplification, maximized application uptime, value, and security. It reduces
network design complexity by simplifying network architecture and increasing per port
value with advanced features on high-density modules.
Business Continuity
trays along with N+1 and dual input power
Network resiliency is the most basic
the core with industry-leading features that
requirement when implementing a converged
include VLACP (Virtual Link Aggregation
network. The ERS 8600 supports redundant
Control Protocol) for Layer 1-2 link failure
connectivity for virtualized solutions such
detection, BFD (Bi-directionally Forwarding
as VRF-Lite, VPN-Lite for Edge/Core, and
Detection) for Layer 3 link failure detection,
MPLS LER IP-VPN for Edge networks.
and switching clustering that leverages our
With Avaya’s VRF-Lite, businesses can
pioneering Split Multi-Link Trunking (SMLT),
use the same hardware platform to create
Routed Split Multi-Link Trunking (R-SMLT),
multiple Layer 3 routing domains supporting
and VRRP Active/Active technologies.
supplies. Its software delivers resiliency for
numerous customer environments. Avaya’s
innovative IP VPN-Lite solution facilitates
Additionally, organizations are encouraged
deployment of resilient, fault-tolerant IP
to dual-connect servers and, with minimum
VPNs over an existing IP infrastructure
additional investment, the sub-second
(campus or metro).
failover advantage is automatically extended
beyond the boundary of the networking
To provide maximum protection, the ERS
equipment, all the way to the application
8600 addresses resiliency at multiple
host. Competitive solutions, basing their
levels. At the hardware level, the switch
failure recovery model on variations of the
provides hot-swappable modules and fan
Spanning Tree Protocol, do not compare
Intelligence for a smarter
way to do business
Network devices must be able to distinguish
different traffic types and to handle different
traffic requirements. This sense of traffic
class awareness, combined with the ability
to process each type differently, sets
intelligent networks apart from commonplace LANs. The ERS 8600 combines
intelligence and performance to create a
next-generation intelligent network solution.
Keeping information
All devices on the network must ensure
network element security as well as data
integrity. The ERS 8600 employs several
layers of embedded security for access to
the switch and for network data. Avaya,
through the Identity Engines product line,
offers seamless secure access for internal
end users (wired and wireless networks) or
external users. Firewalls, passwords, access
policies, secure protocols, address and port
filtering, routing policies and DoS prevention
mechanisms help ensure that the network
and its data stay secure. The ERS 8600
supports up to eight unique user sessions for
simultaneous login, and leverages TACACS+
ERS 8006
RS Modules
ERS 8010
to centralize and manage user validation.
Innovative & versatile
module options
number of practical benefits. These include
Flexible & scalable
higher-density 1000BASEX 48-port module
a high-density 10G Ethernet (12 ports per
module and up to 96 ports per chassis) and
that complements the existing 30-port
The ERS 8600 reduces complexity and
with advanced features on high-density
modules. High port density, combined
with rich capabilities and leading reliability
technologies, deliver exceptionally high value
to enterprises. Avaya’s RSP technology,
based on a flexible NPU architecture, offers
investment protection through in-field
Through advanced capabilities including
VRF-Lite, IP VPN-Lite, and MPLS-based IP
risk in network design by simplifying the
network architecture and increasing value
Applications: new
capabilities & choices
optimize communications
One Module with many uses
VPN on a single platform, the ERS 8600
enables virtual services across campus
The ERS 8600 supports an innovative
and metro environments to address new
hybrid combination module that concurrently
business requirements and applications. For
supports 10G Ethernet, 1000BASE-X, and
example, a university seeking to connect
1000BASE-T ports. Economical, flexible
several campuses can choose traditional
and a class-first, this ‘combo’ module
MPLS technology or can leverage Avaya’s
includes 10/100/1000 Copper, SFP, and
innovative IP VPN-Lite solution.
firmware upgrade capability.
XFP interfaces to meet the demands of
Recent additions to the classic range of
solution providing all the functionality many
high-performance I/O module options offer a
enterprises need in one convenient module.
smaller aggregation sites. It is an affordable
Virtual Routing and Forwarding
Through VRF-Lite on ERS 8600, enterprises
New for the v5.1 release:
The following features have been added to ERS 8600 capabilities with the release of v5.1 operating system:
• Multicast Virtualization for VRF-Lite (IGMP, PIM-SM, and PIMSSM) *†
• Time zone offset enhancement
• Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP) *†
• Source IP enhancement for ping and traceroute
• IGMPv3 backward compatibility
• Switch Cluster operational improvements
• Multicast Static IP Route (mroute)
• IPFIX enhancement
• Automatic QoS
• New operation for corrupt configuration loading
• Core dumps
• Bi-directional Forwarding Detection (BFD) *†
* Indicates features that are categorized as non-base and therefore
• Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) Minimum Link
• Standards-based MIBs for multicast
• Multicast Routing process statistics
• IPv6 support for FTP, TFTP, and rlogin
• DDI software support
require additional licensing: Advanced or Premier
† Indicates features that require use of the R or RS-Series Interface
New hardware includes:
• Qualified DWDM XFPs
• Support for 100BASE-FX SFP
can use the same hardware platform to
specific wide area technologies (such as
SM/SSM, along with Unicast virtualization,
create multiple Layer 3 routing domains
Frame Relay or ATM) or exclusivity to a
is supported on the same system by
to support multiple customers and to keep
single service provider. Avaya’s IP VPN-
leveraging VRF-Lite. This extends the
traffic separated for both unicast and
Lite solution is inherently less complex and
benefit of simplified network design, less
multicast (IGMP, PIM-SM/SSM).
therefore much more cost-effective than
investment in hardware, lower operational
using the MPLS alternative. Managing IP
expense all of which are supported by best-
The VRF-Lite capability virtualizes routing
VPN-Lite versus MPLS is simpler and does
in-class switch clustering resiliency.
within the switch, addressing business and
not require specialized carrier-class IT skills
networking challenges driven by activities
or resources. The foundation of IP VPN-Lite
such as mergers and acquisitions, data
is simply an IP network, using the flexible
center consolidation, departmental or
RFC 2547/4364 connectivity model and
business unit segmentation, and evolving
it does not require an MPLS-enabled core
audit and compliance requirements. By
infrastructure. This simplified solution can
enabling the switch to have two or more
scale per carrier-class MPLS with the cost-
routing instances, more sophisticated
effective simplicity of a solution designed
connections can be enabled in addition
specifically for the enterprise. Delivering
to support for overlapping IP addresses.
total flexibility, the ERS 8600 supports
Complete and total traffic separation at
classic MPLS in addition to IP VPN-Lite and
Layers 2 and 3 is the usual practice,
VRF-Lite and all VPN technologies can be
however the system can be configured to
concurrently leveraged to deliver individually
provide inter-VRF forwarding capabilities,
tailored solutions.
allowing shared access to common
Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
Avaya Automatic QoS
With Avaya Automatic QoS, an ERS
8600 supporting an Avaya Unified
Communications solution automatically
recognizes the special, private Differentiated
Service Code Point (DSCP) values used
by specific Avaya VoIP applications and
optimizes the management egress queues.
Without this functionality, operators would
require detailed knowledge of how QoS
works and private DSCP values in order
to manually configure optimized queue
usage. With this feature, the process is
automated, optimized, and protects against
mis-configuration. The introduction of
Virtual Private Networking through IP
MPLS forms the basis for most service
Avaya Automatic QoS support on the ERS
provider IP VPNs and is used in most WAN
8600 delivers core functionality first, to
solutions because it delivers sophisticated
be followed by access functionality in a
The Avaya IP VPN-Lite capability is an
connectivity and traffic engineering
subsequent release.
innovative IP-in-IP technology that leverages
techniques. By implementing this same
the RSP flexible forwarding engine –
functionality the ERS 8600 can interoperate
delivering VPN services that are easier to
directly with 3rd party MPLS networks and
implement, deploy, and manage. With IP
participate in their IP VPNs, extending
VPN-Lite, enterprises can build any-to-
them into the enterprise campus network as
any private connections between local or
required. Enterprise architects can leverage
geographically dispersed sites using any
this interoperability to create ERS 8600-
IP infrastructure (private networks or via a
based MPLS environments that increase the
public IP service provider).
overall level of transparency.
trusted connections to external partner
organizations, leveraging IP as the common
carriage and removing dependency on
RS Interface Modules enable the ERS 8600
to deliver enhanced mirroring capabilities,
including enabling one-to-many, manyto-one and many-to-many mirroring for
sophisticated traffic analysis and IDS/TPS
Service & Management
IP VPNs are typically used for crosslocation connectivity and to create
Multi-port Mirroring
Software enhancements
The ERS 8600 can be managed by a
Multicast Virtualization
variety of management tools, creating a
flexible operational environment based on
Multicast virtualization of IGMP and PIM-
business requirements. These include: dual
Command Line Interface (CLI), the webbased Enterprise Device Manager (EDM),
SNMP-based management (SNMPv1,
v2 & v3), Enterprise Switch Manager
(ESM), Enterprise Policy Services (EPS),
and the evolving Unified Communication
Management solution. The ERS 8600
also supports a core dump feature
providing enhanced troubleshooting
information should the CPU need to recover
Why choose Avaya?
Real World Scenario: Virtual Routing and Forwarding
An airport handling a large amount of traffic from multiple
national and international airlines and local on-site
businesses, seeks a networking solution that maximizes
application uptime, safeguards information, and delivers
excellent business value. By choosing the Ethernet
Routing Switch 8600 with it versatile IP VPN capabilities,
the airport supports all of these communities and keeps
traffic segregated using a single, cost-effective hardware
platform that is easy to implement and manage.
Avaya offers multiple, flexible options that
enable versatile IP VPN solutions across
to create solutions that can evolve as their
The Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 is a
solutions spanning voice, data, applications
resilient, efficient, scalable solution that
and network management, Avaya has the
enables enterprises to build truly unified
expertise required to help businesses
communications networks and to provide
enhance revenue potential, streamline
The unique architecture of the next-
business continuity for critical applications.
business operations, increase productivity
generation R/RS modules sets Avaya apart
Enterprises can scale converged and web
and gain competitive advantage.
based on deliver of optimal functionality
applications network-wide with switching
and value at the port level. Introduction
clustering delivering always-on resiliency.
of the combo module (supporting Copper
The ERS 8600 offers a high-performance
10/100/1000, SFP and XFP interfaces)
architecture combining rich, advanced
To learn more about the Avaya Ethernet
meets the requirements of smaller sites.
services for convergence applications that
Routing Switch 8600, contact your Avaya
Avaya offers one of the industry’s highest
enhance, protect and simplify network
Account Manager, Avaya Authorized Partner
10G Ethernet port densities per module,
service and operations. Customers wanting
or visit us at: www.avaya.com.
switch, or rack and is the only solution
to make strategic investments in a campus
vendor to offer best-in-class resiliency for
LAN infrastructure can use the ERS 8600
the campus including Avaya’s innovative IP
VPN-Lite. IP VPN Lite leverages existing IP
infrastructure without requiring additional
capital investment or the overhead
operational expense of carrier-class MPLS.
business evolves. A provider of end-to-end
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