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Evaluation Criteria for Data Center Networking

Published: 10 March 2015

ID: G00263988

Analyst(s): Simon Richard

Summary

This document describes a comprehensive set of criteria to help IT architects evaluate various data center network server access and core layer solutions. The Evaluation Criteria includes hardware capabilities, performance, manageability and integration with orchestration and SDN.

Table Of Contents
  • Baseline Criteria
  • Hardware
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Layer 2 Switching
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Layer 3 Routing
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Manageability
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Network Security
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Performance
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Provisioning
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Software-Defined Networking
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional
  • Support and Licensing
    • Required
    • Preferred
    • Optional

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