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Results tagged "TRILL"

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The Evolution Of The Ethernet Switch

February 21, 2014 11:45 AM
Faster speeds are just part of the new Ethernet technology. New forwarding technologies and the emergence of SDN also are changing the Ethernet switch landscape.

Extreme Networks X770 Switch Targets Big Data

November 18, 2013 12:01 PM
Analyst says new switch's low latency and high throughput support big data efforts. The X770 also promises to boost data center consolidation initiatives.

A Plug For Plugfests

August 15, 2013 12:41 PM
Standards are great, but there can be significant differences in vendor implementations. The University of New Hampshire's InterOperability Lab provides a neutral venue for testing and analysis.

TRILL's Hidden Cost

July 29, 2013 12:21 PM
TRILL allows for much needed advances over STP, but vendor licensing requirements make it hard to switch.

Avaya SPB Fabric Put to the Test at Interop

June 03, 2013 10:07 AM
Data center fabrics have been overshadowed by SDN, but vendors are still moving forward with fabrics. This year's Interop was a big, visible test for Avaya's implementation of the Shortest Path Bridging (SPB) standard.

Will SDN Kill TRILL?

February 26, 2013 10:53 AM
Layer 2 multipathing standards such as TRILL and SPB may seem redundant in an SDN world. But these standards still have a role to play while we wait to see how the SDN market matures.

Force 10 Lays Out Standards-Based Next Generation Networking Vision

April 27, 2011 08:00 AM
Force 10 is the latest networking vendor to announce a comprehensive vision for data center networking. Dubbed Open Cloud Networking, the idea is to use standard protocols to interconnect networking gear paired with their Open Automation capabilities, and offer integration and interoperation with network management and systems orchestration management servers. The company's announcement includes additional automation features and new hardware to support the vision. Force 10 is not the first to the table, nor is its vision as grand as Cisco's or Juniper's, but the focus on standards support should resonate with companies that rely on multiple vendors.

When MLAG Is Good Enough

March 07, 2011 07:00 AM
Do you need multi-path Ethernet in the data center using TRILL, Shortest Path Bridging (SPB), Cisco's FabricPath or Brocade's VCS in order to maximize network efficiency and reduce congestion? Probably not, unless you manage a very big data center with servers and access ports running into the tens of thousands. If you have less than 5,000 access ports in your data center, you can probably avoid routing Ethernet frames and use your vendor's multi-chassis link aggregation (MLAG) product-set to interconnect the access in an active/active design. MLAG works

Cisco's FabricPath and IETF TRILL: Cisco Can't Have Standards Both Ways

December 17, 2010 10:05 AM
Standards are standards for a reason. Standards allow customers to interconnect products with a hope that they will all work together easily and simply. It's how the Internet was built, though not without some problems, and how all the networking vendors built their businesses. No vendor, not even Cisco or Hewlett-Packard, can go it alone in enterprise networking. Even the whisper that a vendor is not standards-compliant can ruffle feathers and get danders up, so vendors come up with ways to give lip service to standards compliance when they really want to push their proprietary protocols. Vendors should innovate and address customer needs, but they should do so in a way that doesn't force customers into choosing either proprietary methods or standard protocols, something that Cisco seems to be doing with FabricPath and Transparent Connection of Lots of Links (TRILL).

Brocade And Cisco Maintain SAN Lock-In Status Quo With FCoE

November 18, 2010 09:00 AM
If you are a storage administrator, you are used to vendor lock-in driven by your storage vendor and you choose SAN equipment based on a qualified equipment list. You might even defend the lock-in as being preferable. If you are a network administrator looking at FCoE, you are going to chafe under these restrictions because you'll find your product choices restricted to whatever products the SAN vendor, Brocade or Cisco, has qualified with. If you go off the qualified equipment list, you won't get support, and you will continue to pay comparatively high prices for what should be commodity equipment and features. Both Brocade and Cisco are trying to maintain the status quo in storage by standards and non-standards based protocols for the same functions forcing you into making a difficult choice and potentially locking out competitors.

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