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Emergence of Ethernet Fabric Will Push Users to Rethink Their Data Center Physical Switch Networks

Published: 16 October 2013

ID: G00255122

Analyst(s): Naresh Singh , Evan Zeng


The rapid development of Ethernet fabric offers users new choices to modernize their data center physical switch networks to support software-defined network and cloud computing. Networking professionals should start on the road to greater efficiency and automation in their data center networks.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


  • Manageability, Agility and Automation
  • Scalability, Stability and Efficiency
  • VM Aware vs. VM Transparent
  • Multitenancy and Traffic Segmentation

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Emergence of Ethernet fabric provides simplified and automated physical switch network solutions, requiring network professionals' review and action
  • Ethernet fabric is best-positioned to address the demands of simplifying and automating physical switch networks encountered by network professionals in the immediate future
  • The diversifying delivery technologies inside Ethernet fabric create confusion that network professionals must address

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