Chapter 2. Data Center Network Evolution

“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.” (Friedrich Nietzche)

This chapter will address the development of the Ethernet protocol, the most important factors you should consider when designing a data center Ethernet network, and how virtualization can help overcome significant implementation limitations in these structures. It contains the following topics:

Image Ethernet Protocol: Then and Now

Image Data Center Network Topologies

Network Virtualization Benefits

The primary objective of a data center network is transporting ...

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