Published: 15 September 2016
Analyst(s): Zack Zilakakis
A simple, resilient and scalable IP-based spine-leaf network design will deliver the agility benefits of a software-defined network overlay. Data center architects can maximize the performance, scalability and agility gains of SDN by applying the implementation guidelines described in this document.
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