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Cisco 3164 Spine with not ACI infrastructure

iboluda
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Hi,

 

Is it possible to use Cisco 3164 as a Spine with NXOS 9 without using ACI? I know that if we use ACI at least we have to use nexus 9000 series.

 

Thanks in advance

 

Regards

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ss1
Beginner
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Dear iboluda,

This is what we were doing for 4 years. N3K-C3164Q used for spine towards N9K-C9396PX. It was working okay as a spine. We were having switchports with trunk traffic and routerports for our VXLAN underlay and I don't recall of any issues caused by the switch. 

You may want to ensure the spine is only working as a spine (i.e. only routing OSPF and PIM for the underlay) and not mixing VPC + PIM + OSPF + VTEP interface etc. I was even having VTEPs on VPC nodes which had been OSPF routers and anycast-rp's for the underlay and there were multiple issues indeed, however, as soon as I separated the spine function on different devices, all issues disappeared right away.  

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ss1
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Dear iboluda,

This is what we were doing for 4 years. N3K-C3164Q used for spine towards N9K-C9396PX. It was working okay as a spine. We were having switchports with trunk traffic and routerports for our VXLAN underlay and I don't recall of any issues caused by the switch. 

You may want to ensure the spine is only working as a spine (i.e. only routing OSPF and PIM for the underlay) and not mixing VPC + PIM + OSPF + VTEP interface etc. I was even having VTEPs on VPC nodes which had been OSPF routers and anycast-rp's for the underlay and there were multiple issues indeed, however, as soon as I separated the spine function on different devices, all issues disappeared right away.  

Thank you ss1,

 

We want to test an environment with Cisco N3K-C3164Q as leaf and spine so I really appreciate your answer.

 

Regards

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