In reference to my Building a Ciena Lab post and response to This Week I Learned: August 10th might as well roll the big question out:
What cool things would you test with a Ciena lab and with what devices?
Rather then cluttering the original question post, here is what we are planning on doing with a lab of 3930s.
Yes, G.8032 Sub-Rings.
Our lab is made up of some 3903s, 3916s, 3930s, 5142s, 5160s, and a 6500 packet fabric shelf.
I spent a bunch of time testing G.8032 in the lab so that I was confident that I could put it into production without any issues. I simulated the production network as best I could and then ran a whole bunch of tests to ensure that the ring was going to work the way we wanted it to.
That's really cool that you have an in-house app to add VLANs to your rings! We had been doing it manually until we deployed OneControl. I'm very glad I don't have to SSH to a dozen switches to protect one service any more.
I've also tested RFC2544 and Y.1564 benchmarking so that I could write a really clear guide on how to run the tests.
For upcoming stuff we want to test, MPLS-TP is a big one. It's been on our list to test and evaluate for a while now. I've done some work on it in the past but I'm a little rusty now.
Something else we're planning to use the lab for is familiarizing everyone with packet fabric and eMOTR. (Right now I'm reading the Ciena forums while I wait for the last cross-connect card in our lab 6500 packet fabric shelf to finish upgrading so I can finish the SLAT. ) While doing everything through OneControl is great, sometimes you need to dig into the CLI and the concepts around how services are configured in the CLI on packet fabric and eMOTR is quite different to CES/SAOS 6.x.
While it would be nice to have a full lab, EMOTR cards, PKT-OTN cards, and 5170's are rather expensive. We currently have deployed in our own networks, 3906/3930/3960/5142/5160/5170/PKT-OTN/EMOTR. Most of the work is done through 1-Control, for both G.8032 and MPLS-TP. 1-C 6.4 can be pretty aggravating over the fact some of the CLI stuff thats totally possible doesnt work for the Gui, plus its pretty slow sometimes when you're network is the size of a state.
And for those out there wondering, PKT-OTN and 5170 speak a similar SAOS, while the EMOTR generically speaks what a 3960 does.
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