Data Center Fabrics Update
The initial Data Center Fabric Architectures webinar describing fabric architectures from numerous vendors is augmented by semiannual update sessions. The update sessions document the progress and changes to product lines and architectures the vendors made in the last six months.
Special Guest Star
Dan Backman from Plexxi will join the May 2013 update session to explain the Plexxi's controller-based scale-out data center fabric architecture.
Dan Backman has been in the networking industry since 1996 and currently works as a Solutions Architect at Plexxi, where he focuses on datacenter deployments as well as network integration and scaling. Dan specializes in designing and deploying large, inter-datacenter MPLS networks for large financials and utilities, and he holds JNCIEs for both service provider and enterprise. Dan joined Plexxi from Juniper Networks where he held roles as a consulting engineer, systems engineer, and most recently a technology strategist. Dan has taken a unique path through networking, starting with a Broadcast Journalism background and then working as a Technology Editor with Network Computing Magazine before eventually transitioning to vendor roles with Extreme, Juniper, and now Plexxi. Dan boasts a ton of customer experience, and is a somewhat begrudging member of the United 1M Miles Club.
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.
Previous update sessions
Data Center Fabric Architectures webinar focused on fabric architectures and classified them based on control and data plane position within the fabric. It also described product offerings from Alcatel Lucent, Avaya, Arista Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Force10 Networks, HP, Juniper and NEC as of November 2011.
November 2012 update session described Arista 7150, Brocade VDX 8770 and layer-3 forwarding in VCS fabric, Nexus 7004, Nexus 3548 and major additions to NX-OS software, micro-QFabric and Junos 12.2 release, and new software features of Dell Force10.
May 2012 update session described the changes the above-mentioned vendors introduced in the six months since the initial webinar and added few more criteria:
- Optimal layer-3 forwarding across the fabric;
- Layer-3 path isolation support (be it MPLS/VPN or multiple VRF-like routing tables);
- IPv6 support;
- Table sizes (IPv4 table, IPv6 table, MAC table, ARP table, ND table).
The update sessions are 1-2 hour presentations delivered over the Internet in a WebEx classroom.
- Webinar materials in PDF format
- 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