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Nexus-F5 & BGP

Just to background, we are having two data centres with 6509 switches as netwrok. In main data centre two F5 (BIG IP 3600) devices in active & standby mode (source nat mode). In the process of upgrading the entire infrastructure within next 3-6 moths in following manner

1. Replace two F5 in primary DC & installing new F5 in secondary DC (F5 will be in routed mode for certain rquirement of cisco ISE)

2. Replace Cisco6509 in primary DC with Nexus( 2x 7010, 3x 6004 & FEX, etc)

3. Look at Nexus for secondary DC.      

Below are the question I am having is about F5-Route Health Injection (to have same VIP on primary & secondary DC) to work in Cisco environment.

1. Does this feature required to have BGP as routing protocol in the network ?

2. Currently OSPF is the IGP in our network, concerning about using BGP for DC this setup. Will this utilize high processng/memory resource of existing 6509s.

3. Is this a recommended/ best practice approach ?

4. When the Nexus switches comes will this work each other. I know 6500 & Nexus is completely two different platforms ?

5. Is there any references around this sort of design/guidelines ?



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