Chapter 1. Overview of Data Centers

This chapter covers the following topics:

• Overview of the role of a Data Center in the enterprise

• Overview of the evolution of application environments

• The blueprint of the Data Center architecture

• The services provided by the Data Center network

This chapter presents an overview of enterprise Data Center environments, current application environment trends, the Data Center network architecture, and the services provided by the architecture. The approach to develop the architecture of the Data Center network is typically an internal process based on the requirement of the enterprise. This chapter provides the design criteria used by the authors to define the Data Center design best practices presented ...

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