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Rightsizing the Data Center Network — The Move Toward Fixed Form Factor Core

Published: 14 January 2015

ID: G00272149

Analyst(s): Mark Fabbi , Danilo Ciscato


The emergence of high-density fixed form factor switches can reduce or eliminate the need for costlier, oversized chassis-based switches in the data center. The move toward FFF switches will help network managers deliver higher-performance networks and reduce footprint, power, cooling and TCO.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Consolidate the Number of Tiers When Redesigning or Building a New DC Network
    • Performance
    • Availability
    • Scale
    • Simplicity
    • Operational Considerations
  • Deploy FFF Switches to Save Capital Costs in the Core by 30% to 70% and 30% or More on Maintenance, Power, Cooling and Space

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