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New Contributor
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎02-13-2012

Best way to trunk ICX6450 with ICX6610

Hi All,

New user to brocade here and I'm slowly getting the hang of it.

Running flash 8.0

My core switches are two ICX6610 which I have setup as a two trunk stack using stack enable and stack secure

I now need to connect my one ICX6450 to each of the ICX6610 using 10GB Copper.

What is the best way to do this? Do I use the LAG command or peri-trunk to ensure I have redundancy?

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Sam

Frequent Contributor
Posts: 118
Registered: ‎06-15-2009

Re: Best way to trunk ICX6450 with ICX6610

Sam,

It actually depends on the distance between the 6610 and 6450?

Are you looking for consolidated Management? i.e. Mixed Stacking? In that case,

If

{distance is <200Meters Point-to-Point from 6610 and 6450}

And

{stacking is preferred}

Then go with

{Peri-port configuration}

Else If

{distance is >200Meters Point-to-Point from 6610 and 6450)

Then go with

{LAG}

Thanks,

New Contributor
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎02-13-2012

Re: Best way to trunk ICX6450 with ICX6610

Hi Deepti,

Since the distance is only 1 metre, I went ahead and configured it as a mixed stack.

I received an error relating to an image mis-match and that was because I was running ICX64S08000a.bin instead of ICX64R08000a.bin.

I uploaded the new flash and I was able to configure the 6450.

Although I like the idea of consolidated management, I don't know if I feel comfortable being able to access my core switch (6610) and floor switch (6450) via the same interface.

Is this the new best practice method?

Regards,

Sam

Frequent Contributor
Posts: 118
Registered: ‎06-15-2009

Re: Best way to trunk ICX6450 with ICX6610

Sam,  When Brocade introduced Hyperedge architecture, “consolidated management” was one of the key benefits which was also introduced. Since stacking implies considering multiple switches as a single entity & they need to be managed collectively, consolidated management  did it all. The steps needed to configure, manage, monitor and upgrade the switches, all can be done via  a single interface. So the main advantage here being reducing the cost & time associated with these tasks & time taken to deploy any new applications & so forth. So to answer your question, Yes it can be considered as one of the best practices for mixed stack configurations.

Hope this helpsSmiley Happy

Deepti

New Contributor
Posts: 4
Registered: ‎02-13-2012

Re: Best way to trunk ICX6450 with ICX6610

Thanks for the additional information Deepti

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