Speeding Up the Data Center Network

Beyond the steps to collapse and scale your switching network in the data center, you may also be considering how to speed the connections to your servers and converge your LAN with your storage area network (SAN) infrastructure in a single, fast, and flexible backbone. If these items are on your new initiatives list, you should ask Juniper about their solution migration path that ultimately leads to a high-performance fabric running your data center network as a single switching layer.

A need for speed

In a move to a two-layer network in your data center, you may also be considering the option of a speed upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) ports [from 1 Gigabit Ethernet (1 GbE)], not only for your network uplinks, but also to connect your servers. If your traffic is growing extremely rapidly, moving now to 10 Gigabit Ethernet to connect some or all of your servers can help you in staying ahead of user demand.

When upgrading the speed of your server connections, you can also eliminate redundant LAN and SAN interface connections on servers to consolidate storage and Ethernet traffic on common 10 GbE connections. Look for a solution that offers storage and I/O convergence yet preserves existing investments in SAN and LAN infrastructure and reduces management complexity. Storage and I/O convergence require low latency and lossless 10 GbE technologies at the access layer to support Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Fiber Channel (FC) interfaces. ...

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