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Bring Web-Scale Networking Concepts to Your Data Center

Published: 22 November 2016

ID: G00316988

Analyst(s): Andrew Lerner , Joe Skorupa


Web-scale companies run massive data center networks, but they operate very differently from enterprises. I&O leaders that need to support digital business can use this research to apply appropriate web-scale practices to improve data center network agility while reducing costs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Foster a Culture That Identifies, Embraces and Manages Risks Rather Than One That Avoids Them at All Costs
    • Attract, Grow and Retain the Right People
    • De-emphasize Vendor Certifications
  • Segment the Network to Reduce Risk and Enable Innovation
  • Simplify and Standardize Ruthlessly Within Building Blocks
  • Favor Vendors That Support Hardware/Software Disaggregation
  • Favor Minimalist Fit-for-Purpose Software Over Large, Complex Multipurpose NOSs
  • Automate Relentlessly
  • Pick a Pilot Project to Gain Experience, and Demonstrate That the Model Works

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