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The Art of Network Architecture: Business-Driven Design by Denise Donohue, Russ White

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Chapter 18. Data Center Design

“I’ve completely revolutionized our network by converting it all to a set of cloud services.”

“Wow, that’s really interesting. How did you get it all done so quickly?”

“Everywhere on our network diagrams there was a data center, I changed the symbol to a cloud and replaced the data center label with a private cloud label. The CIO is really happy now because we moved our entire network to the cloud so quickly!”

As funny as this little story might be (and it’s a story from real life), and as much as cloud-centered folks might object, there is some truth in the switch. Cloud services still need to be backed up with physical storage, physical processing power, physical switches, and physical wires. The guts of a cloud ...

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