Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation

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May 31st, 2010

By Arista Networks

For many years, networks have been oversubscribed. Such oversubscription was tolerable in enterprise networks as the applications were not bandwidth intensive, but not anymore. In a datacenter, the primary reason for this oversubscription is insufficient uplink bandwidth from each rack. Each top-of-rack switch is typically connected to two aggregation switches for redundancy. However, half the uplinks are blocked by spanning tree to avoid loops in the network; this reduces the available bandwidth between the rack and aggregation layer of the network by 50%. Arista’s Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG) feature removes this bottleneck and allows the utilization of all interconnects.

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