Category Archives: IRF

HP VSR E0321 Release: IRF has arrived for NFV!

HP has released version E0321 for the Virtual Services Router (VSR) platform. This is a major new release, which includes some very cool new features, such as IRF for the virtual platform.

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Comware7: MAD BFD support on Management Ethernet port

Multiple-Active Detection (MAD) is used to detect a split brain in an IRF system. When the MAD BFD method is used, a dedicated Layer3 VLAN interface needs to be configured for the MAD BFD operation. This VLAN should be directly … Continue reading

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Provision support for IRF MAD LACP Split brain detection

When you use IRF to group multiple Comware switches into 1 logical device, it is generally recommended to enable some split brain detection (split brain happens when all the stacking links are down). For the MAD LACP method, only Comware … Continue reading

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Comware IRF: L2 MAC Address roaming

IRF is used on Comware switches (and some routers as well now) to virtualize 2 or more devices as 1 virtual device. This is a very convenient way to simplify the network setup and management. Although IRF is very easy … Continue reading

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Getting ready for next-gen IRF !

HP Comware switches have had IRF (Intelligent Resilient Framework) for years, and it was the basis of more simplified network topologies. Now it seems HP is preparing a next-generation of IRF !

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Comware5 ISSU: Unknown (manual procedure)

Remember to read the basic ISSU article first: https://abouthpnetworking.com/2014/03/24/comware5-issu-basics/ In the previous post we have seen the: compatible ISSU: https://abouthpnetworking.com/2014/03/24/comware5-issu-compatible/ incompatible ISSU: https://abouthpnetworking.com/2014/03/24/comware5-issu-incompatible/ In this article, we will look at the detailed steps of the Unknown ISSU.

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Comware5 ISSU: Incompatible

Remember to read the basic ISSU article first: https://abouthpnetworking.com/2014/03/24/comware5-issu-basics/ In the previous post we have seen the compatible ISSU type. https://abouthpnetworking.com/2014/03/24/comware5-issu-compatible/ In this article, we will look at the detailed steps of the Incompatible ISSU.

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Comware5 ISSU: Compatible

In the previous post we have seen the overview of ISSU types. https://abouthpnetworking.com/2014/03/24/comware5-issu-basics/ In this article, we will look at the detailed steps of the Compatible ISSU.

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Comware5 ISSU: Basics

In this article we will review the ISSU options on Comware5 devices. ISSU stands for In Service Software Update and the goal is to minimize downtime during firmware updates. This article applies only to Comware5 devices (Comware7 has many more … Continue reading

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Combining FCoE SAN A/B and IRF with BridgeAggregation

FCoE and BridgeAggregation Storage networks have a traditional setup of SAN A/B, which are totally separated, by a so called “air-gap”. When using FCoE, this airgap is nearly impossible to maintain (unless only storage would be passing the CNA adapter) … Continue reading

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HP releases the 5900CP: Native FC and FCOE Gateway

5900CP: a 5900 with Converged Ports It took some time, but here it is : the 5900CP, a converged FC/FCoE datacenter switch.

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Comware7 IRF MAD LACP : New selection method !

Most people working with IRF will be aware of the MAD (Multiple Active (Master) Detection) process. In this article we will review the operation of MAD LACP on Comware5 and the changes in the implementation for Comware7 devices.

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