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STP alternatives  |    A 2 day   hands on   training course

STP alternatives training course description

The Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) dates from 1985. This course explores the technologies that can be used as an alternative to STP, including FabricPath, SPB and TRILL.

What will you learn
  • Explain how STP and RSTP work.
  • Explain how TRILL works.
  • Explain how SPB works.
  • Explain how FabricPath works.
STP alternatives training course details

STP alternatives training course contents

  • Introduction
  • Layer 2 versus Layer 3, STP problems: One path, convergence, MAC explosion, STP alternatives.

  • STP
  • 802.1D, how STP works, root bridge, convergence times, single path.

  • RSTP
  • 802.1w, Improvements, convergence times.

  • Link aggregation
  • 802.3ad, Multi system Link aggregation.

  • IS-IS
  • Concepts, Discovery, topology exchange, flooding. Changes for TRILL, FabricPath and SPB.

  • FabricPath
  • Overview, architecture, control plane protocols, DRAP, STP interactions, packet forwarding, configuration.

  • Concepts, RBridge, TRILL frames, control plane, data plane, learning MAC addresses.

  • SPB
  • 802.1aq, Node ID, Backbone Edge Bridges, Backbone MAC address, customer MACs, I-SID, forwarding database.

Learning path



Based on customer ratings

J. S. - Framestore CFC

"Hard concepts were explained very simply"

B. M. - London Internet Exchange

"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."

Training approach

This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.