I know we do, Michael. And I have "their" answer. But they may not have
the same experiences you did.
> > Have you had much experience, having the servers connect directly on
> > level-2 device like a FDDI-to Ethernet (e.g. catalyst) connector ?
> > security implications ?
It's not a matter of experience. It's a matter of what a level-2 device is
and how it normally works. There is no security at level 2.
Therefore, you should only connect trusted pieces of equipment to a
level-2 media unless it is being used as a point-to-point media. Lets use
Ethernet as an example. If you connect a customer web server to an
Ethernet then they can sniff any traffic that goes by and possibly do
nasty things like spoofing. Even if they would never do such a thing they
may be hacked by somebody who would do such a thing. So it is not a good
idea to share a level 2 media in this way.
The MAE's are switches. Unless you are sending super secret BROADCAST
traffic the security implications you are mentioning are non-existant.
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