Mastering the Art of the Cisco Kool-Aid Keg Stand

                It seems very appropriate for my final post that I put the emerging data center technologies all together in an end-to-end architecture. In the words of some of the readers, what better way to illustrate how psyched I...

10/29/2010

How to Stretch VLANs Between Multiple Physical Data Centers - Part 2

A quick comparison of EoMPLS, VPLS and A-VPLS really reflects the learning curve the network industry has experienced as the technologies are deployed. All three are PW services and use a MPLS infrastructure to build the PWs. EoMPLS...

10/20/2010

How to Stretch VLANs Between Multiple Physical Data Centers – Part 1

Now that we have sorted out how to scale our intra data center L2 networks let's explore the acronym soup of Data Center Interconnect (DCI). This is quickly becoming one of the most frequent conversations I have with customers as...

10/18/2010

Full-tilt boogie networking: Cisco’s FabricPath vs. IETF TRILL

There are two technologies emerging that will rock the data center design foundation to its very core, Cisco's FabricPath and the IETF standard, Transparent Interconnetion of Lots of Links (TRILL). That's a bold statement, I know,...

10/15/2010

Ethernet Adapts for Data Center Applications – Part 2

Ethernet inherently doesn't provide the ability to multi-path because STP is blocking our redundant links to mitigate loops in the network.  So if you are implementing Fibre Channel over Ethernet and have promised your SAN team that...

10/13/2010

Ethernet Adapts for Data Center Applications – Part 1

Many networks need to marry their Fibre Channel SAN protocols to Ethernet.  But Ethernet is an easy-going protocol (let's call it West Coast) and Fibre Channel is a structured protocol (East Coast). "Data Center Bridging" will be...

10/11/2010

The evolving data center requires a strong network heart to be successful.

We live in exciting times, especially when one considers the ever-evolving data center. Consolidation and virtualization are changing the rules of how data centers are designed, built and operated across the world. The concept of...

10/04/2010

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