Building Data Center Networks in the Digital Business Era

Foundational Refreshed: 03 April 2019 | Published: 19 December 2017 ID: G00346492

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This research describes best practices for I&O leaders seeking to build data center networks that are highly available and agile to support digital initiatives and cloud architectures over the next five years.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Analysis
    • Align Data Center Networking Investments With Application Placement Strategies
    • Build a Rightsized Physical Infrastructure by Using a Leaf/Spine Design Based on Fixed-Form Factor Switches and 25/100G Interfaces
      • Leaf/Spine
      • Contrarian View for Leaf/Spine
      • Fixed-Form Factor Switches
      • 25/100G
      • Change Refresh Cycles
    • Attain Vendor Independence by Decoupling Data Center Network Configuration From Hardware
    • Optimize Data Center Networking Availability
      • Design for Failure
      • Analytics and AIOps
    • Future-Proof Investments by Choosing Solutions That Can Extend Capabilities Into the Public Cloud
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