As Internet traffic grows and becomes more dynamic, optical transport networks for sub-sea, terrestrial long haul and metro need more capacity. The ability to deploy capacity quickly is equally important to handle the increasingly dynamic nature of the traffic. The concept of a multi-haul transport platform, as introduced by Andrew Schmitt of Cignal AI, becomes very appealing for achieving this ability to scale with speed while maintaining operational simplicity – a single platform for all requirements. A critical element of the multi-haul optical platform is the flexibility of the coherent optics to be tuned to fine granularity in order to meet the reach-capacity target of any given network.
While double checking some stats on a network I came across this in Libre. 84% is usually something that would cause me to be alarmed, as Libre is trying to tell us.
After some research, I found the following.
While it is not documented, it was noted that this was by design and that it would not affect the switch as the switchport becomes more and more loaded.
The switch allocates dedicated memory to certain processes / resources by default and then additional resources when the configuration is added. This ensures proper functionality and is again by design.
The I/O Memory pool buffers information transmitted to and from the CPU, and does not affect the actual forwarding of packets on the switch.
Translation: The switch uses up these resources by default, even if they aren’t all being used. Think of it as setting it aside for future use without dynamic allocation of them.
Our friend Rick Frey has a great tutorial on VLANs on Mikrotik RouterOS. Mikrotik VLANs can be confusing. Rick clarifies some things.
The folks over at Netonix have released a recover to help out with Console recovery on their switches.
From the Blog Post
This automate’s the process of recovering a switch via the serial port.
You just need to download the recovery.tar.gz file
Installation of a new Cisco 100 gig switch
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Some dell servers going in for a client. Cisco 3063 switches, Palo Alto firewalls. The yellow and red power cables denote A and B power.