Reducing Network Tiers in Virtualized Infrastructure

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Shehzad MerchantA typical “non-virtualized” data center has three network layers, Top-of-Rack, End-of-Row and Core switches. But virtualized infrastructure adds two additional layers—the virtual switch and blade switch—raising the number of tiers from 3 to 5. This significantly increases latency plus the number of network elements within the data center resulting in increased data center management complexity. I talk with Shehzad Merchant, Senior Director for Strategy at Extreme Networks, about Extreme’s flattening approach to data center network fabric through its DirectAttach.

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  1. Nick Lippis said:

    Reducing Net Tiers in Virtualized Infrastructure interview w/ Shehzad Merchant Extreme via Lippis Report <excellent 2