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Show 38 — Comparing Data Centre Fabrics From Juniper, Brocade and Cisco

Kurt Bales has a customer who wants to buy a new Data Centre Network and the three main networking vendors (Juniper, Cisco & Brocade) have pitched at him and the customer. Kurt then contacted the Pushers and said “This would make a great podcast to talk about how it looks, works and the reality of the so-called “Data Centre Fabric networks, plus I’ve got some questions that I’d like to get some second opinions.”

So we rounded up Ivan from IOS Hints and Greg from EtherealMind to record a fast, furious and focussed look at the state of play with the three data centre fabrics today. Lots of speculation, wild guesses and deep diving followed. I learned heaps.

Topics that we covered: * data centre fabric design, TRILL, Borg or Big Brother approaches, * FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, Routing, * Juniper, QFX 3500, QFabric, ERX, ICN, * Brocade, VDX, VCS, FSPF, * Cisco, Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000,

Name: Ivan Pepelnjak

Web: http://blog.ioshints.net Twitter: @ioshints

Name: Kurt Bales

Web: www.network-janitor.net Twitter: @networkjanitor

Name: Greg Ferro

Web:  www.etherealmind.comTwitter:  @etherealmind

Links and Posts

This post is where Ivan looks into TRILL and STP interaction at the edge of the L2 network. IOSHints TRILL/FABRIC PATH — STP INTEGRATION

Here is the post where Ivan outlines the Borg / Big Brother architectures. THE DATA CENTER FABRIC ARCHITECTURES

Brad Hedlund’s post on  Inverse Virtualisation — it seems Cisco might be forgetting that  there is more than one way to do it and Brad talks about the the other ways to do it while pointing out that the way HE does it is best. Keep up the good work Brad and stay “on message” for Cisco — keep pulling for the team.

Greg’s post at EtherealMind.com on Controller based networks and might be worth contrasting with the move away from controller based networks in wireless AeroHive, HP, ‘Big Boner’ AP’s and Wireless LAN Controllers


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Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is the co-host of Packet Pushers. After surviving 25 years in Enterprise IT with only minor damage, he uses his networking expertise for good in the service of others by deep diving on technology and industry. His unique role as an inspirational cynicist brings a sense of fun, practicality and sheer talent to world of data networking and its place in a world of clouds.

He blogs regularly at http://etherealmind.com and the podcasts are at http://packetpushers.net.

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