Avaya has released software 7.0 for the Ethernet Routing Switch 8600. Almost four months in controlled availability (CA) Avaya has finally moved the software release to general availability (GA). As I mentioned last week, although I can’t remember where I mentioned it now – either here or over on the discussion forums, Avaya is re-branding new hardware installations as the Ethernet Routing Switch 8800. Here are a few blurbs from the release notes concerning the new 8800 designation;
Ethernet Routing Switch 8800 release 7.0 software introduces support for the new 8895 Switch Fabric/CPU Module. When an 8000 Chassis is equipped with the 8895 SF/CPU, this system is known as an Ethernet Routing Switch 8800; conversely, when equipped with an 8692 SF/CPU module (with SuperMezz) the system is known as an Ethernet Routing Switch 8600. Ethernet Routing Switch 8800 release 7.0 software can only operate on an Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 system with appropriate hardware configurations.
With release 7.0 software, the Ethernet Routing Switch 8800 takes over as the go-forward solution for new customers seeking the most reliable and versatile Campus LAN Core Switch. Additionally, release 7.0 software ensures high levels of investment protection and continuity of service for returning Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 customers, as existing Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 deployments can be incrementally upgraded to take
advantage of new features.
In this document, use of the term Ethernet Routing Switch 8000 in relation to software and supported features indicates applicability to both 8600 systems and 8800 systems.
Here are some of the new features included in the 7.0 software release;
- 8895 SF/CPU
- 8003-R 3-slot chassis
- Enterprise Device Manager (EDM)
- Key Health Indicator (KHI) enhancements
- BPDU Filtering
- DHCP snooping
- Dynamic ARP Inspection
- IP Source Guard
- IGMP Layer 2 querier
- Multicast VLAN Registration (MVR)
- PIM-SSM with SMLT
- IP Multinetting
- Route Switch Processor Packet Tracing
- ERCD Records Dump
- IPv6 RSMLT
- IPv6 VRRP
- IPv6 RADIUS
- IPv6 DHCP Relay
- Singular Record Operations
- show debug generic
If you are serious about IPv6 then 7.0 should be a welcome upgrade. You shouldn’t have any issues deploying IPv6 with 7.0 software now that everything is supported in an IPv6 environment. Also added are some of the Ethernet Routing Switch 5000 series features such as BPDU filtering, DHCP snooping, IP source guard, IGMP v2 querier and dynamic ARP inspection.
In order to run 7.0 software you’ll need a 8692SF w/Mezz and all R/RS modules.