I got this question from the SearchTelecom Ask-the-Expert project ... and the engineer asking the question was probably looking for something short and concise. This is my attempt to explain the difference in a few paragraphs. Have I missed anything important? Could it be done better?
Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354, is the chief technology advisor for NIL Data Communications. He has been designing and implementing large-scale data communications networks as well as teaching and writing books about advanced technologies since 1990. See his full profile, contact him or follow @ioshints on Twitter.