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The Hardware Behind the Software-Defined Data Center

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April 28, 2015 8:30 AM

Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

While software is transforming the data center, it's still hardware at the core. This workshop will provide insight into the physical aspects of the data center switch, and examine the internal operation of physical switches and how your network silicon affects network design and performance.

From the switch itself, we'll broaden the scope to contrast and compare Ethernet fabric designs. We'll look at the impacts of L2MP design with TRILL and SPB, L3 ECMP and MLAG design for your network. What is the right network for your situation and why?

We'll also examine new Ethernet standards of 25/50Gb and emerging 100G standards for the data center and compare them.

Finally we'll examine the hardware acceleration features in Intel x86 chipsets and how they can influence the design of virtual appliances or SDN/NFV, using the corporate DMZ as an example.

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