Data Center Fabrics Overview
This vendor-independent workshop will:
- Give you an overview of data center fabric principles and common requirements;
- Describe typical data center fabric architectures and vendor-specific solutions implementing them;
- Identify benefits and drawbacks of common data center fabric architectures;
- Data Center Fabrics Overview is a ½ day intensive instructor-led workshop.
- We can customize the workshop by including in-depth technical details or discussions of customer’s specific design challenges.
- Contact us for more details or if you want to have an on-site workshop for a closed group of up to 20 attendees
The workshop focuses on these data center fabric requirements:
- End-to-end layer-2 and layer-3 transport;
- Converged storage requirements, including Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support;
- Optimal transport with layer-2 and layer-3 multipathing;
- Redundant server connectivity with Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG);
- Virtualization awareness;
- Simplified provisioning and management.
The typical data center fabric architectures described in the workshop include:
- Independent management, control and data plane – Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG) solutions (Arista, Cumulus, Dell Force10) and large-scale bridging solutions from Brocade and Cisco;
- Centralized management, independent control and data planes – Cisco ACI, Brocade VCS Fabric.
- Centralized control plane, distributed data planes – Cisco VSS, HP IRF, Juniper Virtual Chassis and Virtual Chassis Fabric, OpenFlow-based solutions;
- Centralized data plane – Cisco port extender architectures.
After attending this workshop you'll be able to:
- Identify common data center fabric criteria and requirements;
- Evaluate vendor architectures and identify their benefits and drawbacks;
- Select the data center fabric solution meeting your requirements.
Who Should Attend
This workshop targets architects and designers who are planning, designing or building next-generation data centers. It will also help server, virtualization, security and networking engineers understand the limitations of data center fabrics and the options made available with the emerging software-defined technologies.
About the Author
Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354 Emeritus, is an independent network architect, book author, blogger and regular speaker at industry events like Interop, RIPE and regional NOG meetings. He has been designing and implementing large-scale service provider and enterprise networks since 1990, and is currently using his expertise to help multinational enterprises and large cloud- and service providers design next-generation data center and cloud infrastructure using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) approaches and technologies.
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