A critical design consideration for enterprise networks is a layer of redundancy to protect against points of failure. This level of added redundancy begins at carrier selection and runs down to the aggregate distribution level. Route distribution between the border and core levels is done using the standard BGP/OSPF deployment practice. Configuration on the core level for the edge aggregate network is done using VRRP or HSRP. Further protection at the switch level can be achieved using the spanning tree protocol. Please see the Logical Diagram section for Altexxa Group's preferred network deployment map.
There are several considerations when designing and implementing fully redundant networks. Carrier selection should include diverse provider paths to reduce risk of geographical event impact. Border and core network devices require multiple connecting links for redundancy and scalability, so sufficient module expansion must be readily available for provisioning new links. Link aggregation (LACP) offers benefit for redundancy and future expansion. Hardware considerations must also be made depending on vendor and model selection to review other redundancy options (Cisco EtherChannel, Nexus vPC, etc) and compatibility with other protocols such as spanning tree.
Adopting a high redundancy model during network implementation will include the use of modular devices with each critical component installed in pairs (supervisor module, line card, power supply). Device interconnectivity will include multiple physical links and utilizing link aggregation protocols within the device's logical configuration. Additional out-of-band management should be used on critical network devices.
Technical considerations such as selection of dynamic routing protocols for implementation would be determined based on equipment vendor. Other factors for implementation include transit bandwidth availability during failure or maintenance of a border device and opting for industry standard practices as opposed to proprietary configurations.
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