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Investigating the Root of Switch Failures

Network switch failures are common occurrences. The more the switches, the higher the number of failures. Sometimes, a failure happens within the first couple months of deployment, while in other cases, it happens after years. The causes of failure are as varied as the switches themselves. They range from hardware flaws to power failure to software glitches.

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Network guru and long-time Field Day delegate Russ White takes the lid off network switch failures to offer a closer look at the root of the problem. In an article posted on Packet Pushers, White writes,

I’ve used the example of some (very) old lab testing with EIGRP to show how increasing the number of redundant (parallel) links or paths in a network doesn’t necessarily increase the resilience of a network. This Microsoft paper gives us some real numbers.

Read his article – “Thoughts On Switch Failures” to understand the factors that contribute to switch failures. For more such stories, sign up for our free weekly newsletter.

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Sulagna Saha

Sulagna Saha is a writer at Gestalt IT where she covers all the latest in enterprise IT. She has written widely on miscellaneous topics. On she writes about the hottest technologies in Cloud, AI, Security and sundry.

A writer by day and reader by night, Sulagna can be found busy with a book or browsing through a bookstore in her free time. She also likes cooking fancy things on leisurely weekends. Traveling and movies are other things high on her list of passions. Sulagna works out of the Gestalt IT office in Hudson, Ohio.