EAPS Benefits

EAPS offers the following benefits:

EAPS protection switching is similar to what can be achieved with the STP, but EAPS offers the advantage of converging in less than one second when a link in the ring breaks.

An Ethernet ring built using EAPS can have resilience comparable to that provided by SONET rings, at a lower cost and with fewer restraints (such as ring size). The EAPS technology developed by Extreme Networks to increase the availability and robustness of Ethernet rings is described in RFC 3619: Extreme Networks‘ Ethernet Automatic Protection Switching (EAPS) Version 1.