I spent a lot of time during the last year analyzing various data center architectures proposed by networking vendors – from simple solutions like MLAG to complex architectures like QFabric – and presented the summary of my findings in a short presentation @ EuroNOG 2011 that received positive feedback from Cisco, Juniper and Brocade (and a post from Brook Reams @ EthernetFabric). That presentation (you can view it online) was pretty short due to the 45-minute slot I got and I decided to expand it into a proper 2-to-3 hour webinar.
The webinar will expand the topics of the presentation and focus on numerous important aspects of modern data center architectures, including layer-2 and layer-3 multipathing, lossless transport (DCB), VM awareness, and FCoE support. I’m planning to include a score sheet for every solution describing how well it actually supports all the above-mentioned requirements.
So far, I’m planning to cover the following vendors and solutions (in alphabetic order): Arista EOS, Avaya/Nortel (SPB and SMLT), Brocade (VCS fabric and Multi-Chassis trundling), Cisco (VSS, vPC, FabricPath, port extenders), Force10 (FTOS and HyperLink), HP (IRF), and Juniper (QFabric, Virtual Chassis, XRE).