Gartner Research

Simplify Your Data Center Network to Improve Performance and Decrease Costs

Published: 05 May 2015

ID: G00276111

Analyst(s): Danilo Ciscato, Mark Fabbi


Traditional data center networks are struggling to keep up with new computing requirements. Network architects should rethink their designs and adopt simpler topologies and new control protocols to achieve better performance and operational agility — and save as much as 50% on capital expenditures.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Implement Simple One-Tier or Two-Tier Physical Data Center Network Topologies to Save Up to 50% on Capital Investment
    • Simplifying Physical Network Topology
    • One-Tier Network Topology
  • Don't Embrace a Preconceived Architecture; Use Gartner's Recommended Criteria to Guide Network Design and Select Control Protocols and Vendors
    • Layer 2 or Layer 3 Design (Bridged or Routed Network)
    • Programmable Ethernet Fabrics
    • Overlays
    • SDN
  • Conclusions

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