So far my presentation covers Cisco’s Fabric Path, VPC, VSS and port extenders, Brocade’s VCS Fabric based on what’s available in Brocade NOS 2.0 (they still have to decide whether they’ll tell me what’s new in NOS 2.1), Juniper’s Virtual Chassis and XRE, HP’s IRF, and OpenFlow.
If you’re working for a networking vendor I haven't mentioned, and feel that I should describe your approach to data center fabrics, please contact me (or send a tweet to @ioshints). Here are the ground rules:
No NDA/embargo this time. The presentation is in a few weeks and I have to know that I can pass on whatever you tell me.
Features, not futures. I might make exceptions for solutions that are almost-ready (that’s what I’m planning to do with Brocade NOS 2.1), but the very minimum I would need is access to configuration guides.
Creative solutions only (QFabric comes to mind if I manage to get enough in-depth information). I have only 45 minutes, and the existing material is getting very close to that limit. However, a significantly longer version of the presentation will be available as a webinar before the end of the year, and I’ll be able to cover lots of additional solutions (like L3 Clos trees from Force-10 or two-box MLAG solutions from other vendors) there.