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Data-Link Switching (DLSw) and Data-Link Switching Plus (DLSw+)

Introduction

Data-link switching (DLSw) provides a means of transporting IBM Systems Network Architecture (SNA) and network basic input/output system (NetBIOS traffic over an IP network. It serves as an alternative to source-route bridging (SRB), a protocol for transporting SNA and NetBIOS traffic in Token Ring environments that was widely deployed prior to the introduction of DLSw. In general, DLSw addresses some of the shortcomings of SRB for certain communication requirements---particularly in WAN implementations.