Is VRRP-E a completely separate standard than VRRP or does it just add on features to the VRRP standard? What are some major differences between VRRP and VRRP-E?

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VRRP-E is Brocade only. From Brocade documentation:

VRRP-E is a Brocade protocol that provides the benefits of VRRP without the limitations. VRRP-E is unlike VRRP in the following ways:

  • There is no “Owner” router. You do not need to use an IP address configured on one of the Layer 3 Switches as the virtual router ID (VRID), which is the address you are backing up for redundancy. The VRID is independent of the IP interfaces configured in the Layer 3 Switches. As a result, the protocol does not have an “Owner” as VRRP does.

  • There is no restriction on which router can be the default master router. In VRRP, the “Owner” (the Layer 3 Switch on which the IP interface that is used for the VRID is configured) must be the default Master.

Brocade Layer 3 Switches configured for VRRP-E can interoperate only with other Brocade Layer 3 Switches.


The main current issue with the Brocade line is that you can only enable one at a time, per chassis. i.e. If you want to run VRRP-E, you'll never be able to run VRRP with another vendor on another port.

They are not compatible in any way. VRRP-E is proprietary.

  • I can't help but think this is a bad call on Brocades part but that could be my biased view. If you are going to create a proprietary extension then why not keep it completely separate so you can run VRRP (standard) on some ports and BVRRP (or other name) on other ports. Commented May 30, 2013 at 21:14
  • I've asked my contacts at Brocade that they need to change this. I see no technical reason it can't be that each group can run their own version. No word yet on whether this will change.
    – mellowd
    Commented May 30, 2013 at 21:21

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