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Connecting 2 different vendor switches

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  • 1.  Connecting 2 different vendor switches

    Posted Jun 17, 2019 06:20 AM

    Hello all ,

     

    We have current setup of extreme access switches connected to Extreme Core Switch and we are planning to replace the current setup of extreme access switches only to Aruba access switches .

    I would like to know will there be any communication or configuration issue between extreme core and aruba access switches.

     

    Kindly assist



  • 2.  RE: Connecting 2 different vendor switches
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    Posted Jun 20, 2019 08:52 AM

    In general, mixing different brand equipment should work. Things you may run into are SFP/Optics where many brands prefer and support only their own or a list of supported modules. Also, some vendors use proprietary protocols for example for redundancy or VLAN distribution. If you don't use those protocols or stick to the standards-based protocols supported on both sides you should be fine. I've not run into issues connecting access switches to other brand core.