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Software Defined Networks, 2nd Edition by Timothy Culver, Chuck Black, Paul Goransson

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Chapter 8

SDN in the Data Center

Abstract

Chapter 8 delves more deeply into data center networking technology, both as it exists today and as it will adapt in the future through the benefit of SDN. More than most mainstream deployments, the modern data center has stretched traditional networking to the breaking point. In this chapter we define and describe the modern data center and examine the needs, technologies, and use cases specific to this challenging environment. Data center needs include dealing with MAC address table overflow and VLAN exhaustion, multitenancy, traffic engineering, and path efficiency, among others. We provide details of how new tunneling and path technologies are applied in the data center. We discusses specific use ...

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