Category Archives: SPB

Avaya ACE-Fx


This week I took the Avaya ACE-Fx 5 day course & exam (7501C). The course is made up of 4 days with two exams, a lab (7582X) & a theory / written exam (7590X) both on the 5th day. Simply passing the theory exam will earn you an Avaya ‘ACIS’ certification. In addition to passing theory, once you successfully complete the lab exam you have completed ACE-Fx Part 1 & are then ACE-Fx certified. But only for 2 years, then you will need to re-certify or complete Part 2 (7502C). What do I mean by Part 2 you may be asking.. Well I was asking the same question. It seems that Part 1 covers the basics of Fabric Connect, Fabric Attach & a bit of Fabric Extend. Part 2 goes for a deeper dive on those topics, along with specialised topics, such as complex multicast deployments.

All that to say that I passed & was quite pleased with the result. 100% on the lab & 88% on the theory.


Avaya Fabric Connect !!!


Anyone who knows me will know I’m pretty excited about what Avaya are doing with the IEEE 802.1aq standard “Shortest Path Bridging”. Avaya’s implementation is called “Fabric Connect”. I’ll be discussing my real world use case of Fabric Connect while I work through my next project, which is an all Avaya deployment in a high definition broadcast environment. Essentially Avaya is replacing an existing all Cisco infrastructure as the business needs for high bandwidth multicast rises well above email, web & SQL traffic. For now, please check out the Packet Pushers podcasts & view these videos from previous Network Field Day’s during their visit to Avaya for briefings on SPB & Fabric Connect.

Show 136: Avaya – Considerations for Turning your Network into an Ethernet Fabric

Show 147 – Avaya Fabric Connect Makes Multicast Simple (Really)

Show 158 – Avaya – Software Defined Data Centre & Fabric Connect

Show 179 – Avaya Efficient Data Center Design at Fujitsu & the Sochi 2014 Winter Games

Show 202 – Avaya & The Critical Importance of the SDN Underlay

Show 204 – Reducing Your Attack Surface with Avaya Stealth Networks