First Hop Access Layer Consolidation

Multihop Unified Fabric carries network and storage traffic in a converged manner across an Ethernet medium beyond a single-hop topology. Various topologies exist for deploying multihop Unified Fabric. These topologies offer consolidation in the different tiers of the data center switching design. The most common case occurs with consolidation at the access layer, where switching elements can be deployed in the Top-of-Rack (TOR) or in the Mid/End-of-Row (MOR/EOR) fashion with or without Cisco Nexus 2000 series Fabric Extenders. Server traffic leverages a unified wire approach to consolidate network and storage traffic over the same physical cable.

Access layer consolidation offers advantages in the form ...

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