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IP Multicast, Volume II: Advanced Multicast Concepts and Large-Scale Multicast Design, First Edition by Arvind Durai, Ray Blair, Josh Loveless

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Chapter 4

Multicast in Data Center Environments

Most of this book discusses multicast in LANs and WANs, but one of the most critical components of any organization is its data center. Understanding the nuances of how multicast functions in myriad solutions is extremely critical to the success of an organization. The goal of this chapter is to provide insight into the operation of multicast, using the most popular methods for data center implementation, including virtual port channel (VPC), Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN), and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

Multicast in a VPC Environment

VPC is a technology that allows two Ethernet switches to appear as a single L2 entity to downstream devices, consequently minimizing the impact ...

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