we have a major disaster last week when the service provider had a maintenance with out notification. we need to develop a back up between two sites to avoid such incidents infuture.
there are two sites separated by a dist. 20 km and are connected throught through two 6513 switches having Gbps speed. is metro ethernet a feasible one for this...
You can very well make use of Metro-E services to get ur locations connected ,but make sure that you are having reduandant connectivity like via different paths or connected to different POPs.
In MAN you have got to have enough B/W availability too not limited upto 2Mbps in a single link which is the case with traditional WAN(E1).
you got to have speed offerings in Mbps and in even Gbps based on the SP..
what are the platforms which will support metro ethernet. is there any module kind of thing which will be used as an add on the existing 6513 switches.
AFAIK u dont need any special module to get the link connected on the 6513 box.
There are different flavors of Services being offered in extending the LAN from one location to the other location (like EWS,ERS --- VPN, EMS).
Again it all depends on the SP and the kinda services he can offer to the customers..
I am interested in Providers who can provide these services in India. Can you please send me an e-mail offline please, my address is email@example.com
VSNL in india provides the similar services .. :)
As rightly pointed by Prem.. you need to understand what all services you want to provide over the Metro E that you plan between the two 6513
Also the fiber connectivity is expected to be in redundant form i.e two differnet providers or fiber ring via different paths
If you are planning for EoMPLS .. i would suggest go for 6513 with WS-SUP720-3BXL
For connecting distances of about 20 kms you need to use ZX SFP trancievers
hope this helps ...