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Interconnecting 3 core 6509's Switches

Hello Everyone,

I currently have 3 core switches on my campus.  They are 6509 catalyst switches.  They currently are not interconnected to each other.

I want to interconnect them to each other.  The IP addresses of each core sit on a interface Loopback500

Current:

Core A --> 172.21.6.1 255.255.255.248

Core B --> 172.21.6.17 255.255.255.248

Core C --> 172.21.6.33 255.255.255.248

How can I interconnect each core to each other and what IP scheme could I use.  I want them to be straight L3 to each other

I hope this makes sense.

Thank You

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Interconnecting 3 core 6509's Switches

Use a Layer 3, point-to-point link with a /30 subnet.

A -- B

B -- C

C -- A

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Interconnecting 3 core 6509's Switches

Thank you for your quick response!

I do have one additional question.

Currently our core's are not interconnected to each other.  What would be the benefit of connecting them to each other?

Is it worth it do it?

Thank You again

Cisco Employee

Interconnecting 3 core 6509's Switches

Hello,

It is really a matter of design.

First you need to decide what load-balancing method you will use. If HSRP/GLBP?VRRP then you will need to have L2 connecting all switches and that is either single switch connected to all 3 for faster HSRP propogation or L2 links between all 3 cores.

Other thing is that you can use these links for a failover - e.g. if single link between one core and WAN router fails it can converge routing protocols  to send traffic across other two.

If you can share your disign topology with access/distributio/core and WAN routers that can help to consider the benigits/drawbacks better.

Nik

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Interconnecting 3 core 6509's Switches

I wanted to use L3 links to connect all three core's leolaohoo mentioned above.

So here is my setup for Core/Distro/Access

3 core Switches, each are 6509 switches not interconnected with each other currently

6 distrbution blocks, each block contains 2x 6509 Switches that are interconnected to each other via L2 running HSRP.  All these switches are connected to each core via L2/L3 SVI Point-To-Point links.  These distro's also contain their own appropriate SVI's for the access switches they connect down to.

30+ Access switches per distrbution block, these consist of 4507's and 3560's that connect to their appropriate distro via L2 links.

WAN Router, 7206 router which connects to the core via a L3 Point-to-Point link.

Hope that makes sense.

Thank You

New Member

Interconnecting 3 core 6509's Switches

Hi there,

I think you should use ether channel on atleast two ports each connected between the Core/Distro/Access. It would increase your network throughput aswell as prove more convergence if some link fails. This etherchanneling can be on L2 or L3. In my EDN network we are following this infra design.

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Interconnecting 3 core 6509's Switches

So I guess I should explain this a little more thoroughly.

Each core link has a single point-to-point L3 link down to each distro switch.

The routing protcol we are using is OSPF.

So for example

Core A --> Distro A

            --> Distro B

            --> Distro C

Core B --> Distro A

            --> Distro B

            --> Distro C

Core C --> Distro A

            --> Distro B

            --> Distro C

So I guess my question is what difference would it make If I interconncted these core switches or not since they have links to the same distro switches.

Thank You again

Cisco Employee

Interconnecting 3 core 6509's Switches

Hey,

The only rason to have it I see is that if you have some L3 network connected to a single core switch only. And you want to distribute it among the other cores as well. Than having links between the cores traffic to this link will take the better path and will not overload distribution switches.

If there are no separate L3 network originated on one of the cores and they all maintain same netwroks learnt from WAN or distribution when this connection will not be useful. As it will not help much for failover as it would be done by OSPF and distirbution will stopp sending traffic to the core which had route to WAN failed .

Nik

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Interconnecting 3 core 6509's Switches

I have attached what we currently do in our environment.  The access layer obviously has the end devices.  The distro layer has interface VLAN's for the access layer.  The Distro's connect to each core via P-t-P Layer 3 link.  The only difference is that we have 3 core switches.  So would meshing all three of those core's make sense looking at the diagram below?

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