Chapter 10. Data Center Switch Architecture

The goal of this chapter is to provide explanations of architectural characteristics of switches used in data centers. It is divided into three sections:

Image The hardware switch architecture, explaining the separation of the forwarding plane with the management and control plane, allowing nondisruptive operation of a production data center even during software upgrades.

Image The fundamental principles of switching based on the switch hardware architecture.

Quality of Service within the data center. This section ...

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