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Technology Overview for Ethernet Switching Fabric

Published: 16 May 2013

ID: G00249268

Analyst(s): Evan Zeng , Caio Misticone


The term "fabric" has been used in the networking industry for a few years, but confusion remains among networking professionals. This research goes beyond the "marketecture" to define data center Ethernet fabric, including the main use cases and alternative technologies.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know

  • Evolution of the Data Center Infrastructure
  • Limitations of Current Data Center Network


  • Technology Description
  • Technology Definition
  • Standards
  • Uses
  • Benefits and Risks
  • Technology Alternatives
  • Selection Guidelines
  • Technology Providers

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