Data Center Fabrics
Data Center Fabric Architectures
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This webinar describes the basics of Data Center fabric architectures offered by numerous vendors including Alcatel Lucent, Arista Networks, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, Force10 Networks, HP and Juniper.
The initial webinar focused on vendor-specific fabric architectures and classified them based on control and data plane position within the fabric into the following major groups:
- Independent management, control and data plane – Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG) and large-scale bridging solutions from ALU, Arista, Avaya, Brocade, Cisco and Force10.
- Centralized management, independent control and data planes – Cisco’s UCS Manager, Juniper’s Virtual Chassis and QFabric.
- Centralized control plane, distributed data planes - Cisco’s VSS, HP’s IRF, Juniper’s XRE.
- Centralized data plane – Port extender architectures
- Per-flow data plane setup – OpenFlow
- Controller-based networking - Plexxi
The webinar also described how well each individual solution fulfills the following criteria:
- Layer 2 and Layer 3 multipathing;
- Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG);
- Virtualization awareness;
- Data Center Bridging (DCB) support;
- Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support;
- Simplified provisioning and management.
May 2013 update session
The special guest star - Dan Backman, solution architect @ Plexxi - will describe Plexxi's approach to scale-out data center fabrics and controller-based data center networking (more about Dan).
Other highlights of this update session include new data center switches from Cisco (Nexus 6000) and Juniper (EX 9200).
November 2012 update session
The update session described hardware and software advances made since May 2012:
- Arista 7150 series switches and new EOS features in releases up to 4.10.3
- Brocade VDX 8770 switch and new features in Network OS 3.0
- Cisco Nexus 7000 additions, Nexus 3548, port extenders overview and new features in Nexus OS
- Juniper QFabric (QFX3000-M) and new Junos 12.2 features
May 2012 update session
The update session focused on the following products/architectures:
- Cisco Nexus series
- HP Intelligent Resilient Framework
- Juniper Virtual Chassis
The session described solutions from nine major vendors: Alcatel Lucent, Arista, Avaya, Brocade (VDX series only), Cisco (Nexus series only), Dell Force 10, HP, Juniper and NEC.
In addition to the detailed product data for each individual vendor, four new criteria were added to the solution scorecards:
- Optimum Layer 3 forwarding across the fabric;
- Layer 3 path isolation (based on MPLS/VPN or VRF-like multiple routing tables);
- IPv6 support;
- Hardware tables sizes (MAC, IPv4, IPv6, IP multicast, ARP and ND).
This webinar is ideal for IT managers and networking engineers that have to look behind the vendor marketectures to understand the benefits and drawbacks of individual data center solutions.
If you are a network architect, designer or sales/support engineer working in data center environment, you simply have to attend this webinar.
The Data Center Fabric Architectures is a 3 hour technical presentation. You can register for the on-line webinar immediately; we can also organize an on-site event, where the topics of this presentation are combined with in-depth discussion of other Data Center networking topics that apply to your network.
When attending the on-line webinar, you’ll get a PDF copy of the presentation materials at least a week before the webinar, giving you plenty of time to study the materials and prepare potential questions. The WebEx classroom instructions will be available two days before the event.
After the on-line webinar, you’ll get access to WebEx recording of the webinar that you’ll be able to watch as many times as desired.
About the webinar
- The added value is the comparison between different vendors, to do this yourself you need a lot of time which I haven't. You need also accurate info, which is not always available via Internet, but which Ivan is able to get via his relations. Not everyone is able to give insights over so many topics, only very experienced people can.
- Guy Van De Wiel
- The most valuable part of this webinar is keeping up with what all the vendors have been working on in the past 6 months.
Feedback from the attendees
- You really save a lot of time for other people pouring all your experience and lessons learned into these webinars. A lot of time you have to ramp up in a new technology and don't have the time/experience to bring years of knowledge to bear on the matter. By cutting to the chase w/ all the media jargon, it saves a lot of time in having to discern what is marketing hype vs. what is real. I like the fact that you help us avoid the potentials of vendor lock-in. Keep up the good work!
- Ahmed Aden
- Great job! The information was valuable. My only recommendation would be to allocate more time for questions since this did go over the scheduled time, I had to leave and miss good information (I will watch the recording later). Thanks again for sharing your wealth of knowledge.
- Shawn Mall
- @ioshints Looking forward to it. Going to join in a few minutes. Just need to grab a cup of 0xc0ffee first
- Just finished listening to @ioshints Datacenter Fabric webinar. HUGE amount of work on his part and incredibly well done
- Thanks @ioshints for both the overview and highlights of the various DC fabric architectures! (webinar in http://ipspace.net)
- Catching up on the @ioshints Data Centre Fabric Architectures webinar #goodstuff
- @ioshints the DCFA recording is great
- Just watched the 'Data Centre Fabrics' webinar.. really nice work.. wish i could get up early enough here in OZ to watch one live
Ivan Pepelnjak (CCIE#1354) has been designing, deploying, operating and troubleshooting IP-based enterprise and service provider networks since 1990. He’s the author of EIGRP and MPLS books published by Cisco Press, numerous articles and highly praised webinars, including Data Center 3.0 for Networking Engineers and Data Center Interconnects.
- Webinar materials in PDF format (list)
- Live interactive session in a WebEx classroom
- Recording of your WebEx session
- VMware Networking Deep Dive
- Data Center 3.0 for Networking Engineers
- Data Center Interconnects
- Data Center Trilogy
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