My customer has a HUGE frame relay network. They're reaching their maximum bandwidth and im desperately thinking of ways to allow them to use dual T1s or Bonded T1's on their network. I was hoping that some sort of IMA type solution would be available as T1s are easy to come by for them but am now starting to lean into telling them that they should just leave the non maxxed out connections on the Frame Relay and Migrate the maxxed out connections to a Parallel ATM cloud.
My Questions are:
1. Does a 2821 router have ATM capabilities as I haven't seen any.
2. Would they be able to fraction off or channelize some of the T3 that's currently connecting to their frame core? Currently they have 45mbs and was thinking of taking about 10 t1's off of it.
3. Would "MFR" be a good candidate in this case? Multi Link Frame Relay? Or is that something for ATM also?
Any other ideas here would be great. I'm trying to finish this report by tomorrow...
The best option here in the UK at the moment is to go for MLPS, you can have any interface speed you like, all the way up to a gig into the cloud.
Channelising your T3 should be ok, depending on it's current configuration. If it's already channelised, then you'll be able to specify what you want the different channels to do.
Personally, if these links all go to the same sites, then I would configure up the routing to do the load balancing for you, as it would be nice and dynamic and plenty configurable.
Hope that helps a bit,
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