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Rightsizing the Enterprise Data Center Network

Published: 20 March 2013

ID: G00236105

Analyst(s): Caio Misticone, Mark Fabbi

Summary

New fixed form factor switches can reduce the data center core network's longstanding reliance on costlier and oversized chassis-based switches. We discuss what network managers need to know about rightsizing the enterprise data center network.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Fixed format switches will enable network managers to overcome performance, reliability and scalability differences, compared with chassis-based switches
    • Performance
    • Reliability
    • Scale
    • Operational Considerations
  • Newer small form factor core devices can enable network managers to reduce capital costs by 30% to 70%, and save 30% or more on operations expenses, compared with chassis-based switches
  • Fixed format switches offer network managers internal nonblocking performance, low latency and generally very good oversubscription solutions

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