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The Ethernet Switching Landscape – Part 08 – SDN & OpenFlow

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This is one of a multi-part series on the Ethernet switching landscape I wrote to support a 2-hour presentation I made at Interop Las Vegas 2014. Part 1 of this written series appeared on NetworkComputing.com. Search for the rest of this series. Ethernet switches have been a focal point of software defined networking. As some early SDN use-cases have centered on the data center, this makes sense...

The Ethernet Switching Landscape – Part 07 – Data Center Interconnect (DCI)

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This is one of a multi-part series on the Ethernet switching landscape I wrote to support a 2-hour presentation I made at Interop Las Vegas 2014. Part 1 of this written series appeared on NetworkComputing.com. Search for the rest of this series. One of the more specialized featured that appears in a limited number of Ethernet switches is Data Center Interconnect (DCI). DCI is not a protocol, but...

The Ethernet Switching Landscape – Part 06 – Fabric

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This is one of a multi-part series on the Ethernet switching landscape I wrote to support a 2-hour presentation I made at Interop Las Vegas 2014. Part 1 of this written series appeared on NetworkComputing.com. Search for the rest of this series. Ethernet fabric is one of those terms that has been co-opted by media & marketing folks to some degree. Like “cloud” and...

The Ethernet Switching Landscape – Part 05 – Equal Cost Multipath (ECMP)

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This is one of a multi-part series on the Ethernet switching landscape I wrote to support a 2-hour presentation I made at Interop Las Vegas 2014. Part 1 of this written series appeared on NetworkComputing.com. Search for the rest of this series. In data center design, the ability to use all available links to forward traffic is an important consideration. Not only is using all link capacity wise...

The Ethernet Switching Landscape – Part 04 – Multichassis Link Aggregation (MLAG)

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This is one of a multi-part series on the Ethernet switching landscape I’m writing in preparation for a 2-hour presentation at Interop Las Vegas 2014 (hour 1 & hour 2). Part 1 of this written series appeared on NetworkComputing.com. Search for the rest of this series. One Ethernet switch feature becoming more common in recent years is Multi-chassis Link Aggregation, or MLAG. I have seen...

The Ethernet Switching Landscape – Part 03 – Different speeds for different needs.

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This is one of a multi-part series on the Ethernet switching landscape I’m writing in preparation for a 2-hour presentation at Interop Las Vegas 2014 (hour 1 & hour 2). Part 1 of this written series appeared on NetworkComputing.com. Search for the rest of this series. When considering an Ethernet switch, the sort of a network you’re trying to build factors into the decision. For...

The Ethernet Switching Landscape Part 02 – Finding meaning in latency measurements.

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This is one of a multi-part series on the Ethernet switching landscape I’m writing in preparation for a 2-hour presentation at Interop Las Vegas 2014 (hour 1 & hour 2). Part 1 of this written series appeared on NetworkComputing.com. Search for the rest of this series. One often quoted statistic in Ethernet switch specifications is latency. Latency figures are usually cited in...

Thinking Through A Mellanox Dual-Tier Fixed Switch 10G + 40G Fabric Design

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When preparing for “The Ethernet Switching Landscape” presentation at Interop, I did quite a bit of reading through vendor marketing literature and documentation. One proposed fabric design by Mellanox stuck in my brain, because I was having a hard time mapping the numbers in their whitepaper to what the reality would look like. Here’s the slide I built around a section in the...

Ethan Banks is a podcaster and writer with a BSCS and 20+ years in enterprise IT. He's operated data centers with a special focus on infrastructure — especially networking. He's been a CNE, MCSE, CEH, CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, and CCIE R&S #20655. He's the co-founder of Packet Pushers Interactive, LLC where he creates content for humans in the hot aisle.

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