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.

When you register for an update session, you get immediate access to all materials and recordings of the Data Center Fabric Architectures webinar and all previous update sessions.

The May 2014 update session included:

  • New Spline switches from Arista and new Arista EOS features;
  • A whole new look on Brocade VCS fabric, including L2 and L3 forwarding, logical chassis and virtual fabrics, STP and LACP integration, and VMware NSX VXLAN gateway;
  • New Cisco Nexus switches, an overview of Dynamic Fabric Automation, and description of anycast HSRP and routing protocol peering over vPC+
  • A completely overhauled Dell Force10 section;
  • An overview of data center protocols in various HP data center switches;
  • Rewritten description of Juniper's Virtual Chassis and enhancements introduced in Virtual Chassis Fabric.

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.

May 2013 update session included a special guest star - Dan Backman, solution architect @ Plexxi - who described Plexxi's approach to scale-out data center fabrics. The update session also covered numerous Arista EOS software enhancements, Cisco Nexus 6000 and Juniper EX 9200.

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 Author

Ivan Pepelnjak

Ivan Pepelnjak (CCIE#1354 Emeritus) 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.

His blog, where you'll find numerous data center- and virtualization-related articles, is usually considered one of the best technology-focused internetworking blogs.

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The update sessions are 1-2 hour presentations delivered over the Internet in a virtual classroom.

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