Data Center Interest Group Switzerland proudly present Ivan Pepelnjaks Workshop in co-operation with Mitja Robas from NIL Data Communications:


DIGS Workshop VMware NSX, Cisco ACI or standard-based EVPN?

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Location Mövenpick Hotel Zurich-Regensdorf
Im Zentrum 2
8105 Zürich-Regensdorf


16th of May 2017

Time 9:00 am – 5:35 am


This vendor-independent workshop provides you

Are you building a new data center fabric? Are you trying to decide whether to use VMware NSX or Cisco ACI? How about using EVPN solution from Arista, Brocade, Cisco, Cumulus Networks, Juniper or someone else? Can you use whitebox switches with VMware NSX? Does it make sense to run VMware NSX on top of Cisco ACI? This fast-paced half-day workshop will answer all these question (and many more).

Topics covered

  • What do you really need – an overview of virtual and physical network services your data center fabric should provide, including physical transport infrastructure, virtual networks, and security services like microsegmentation
  • What do various products do? – An overview of what VMware NSX, Cisco ACI or a standard-based EVPN solution from Arista, Brocade, Cisco, Cumulus Networks or Juniper provides.
  • How could I implement various network services with these products?
  • How will my virtualized workload interact with the outside world? How will the VMs communicate with bare-metal servers?
  • How can I reduce the size of failure domains in my data center?
  • Can I use these products to build multi-pod or multi-DC environments?

After attending this workshop you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the features offered by VMware NSX, Cisco ACI and EVPN-based data center fabrics from major data center vendors
  • Select the product suitable for your environment based on the environment’s complexity, desired level of automation and self-service, and existing virtualization infrastructure
  • Integrate products from multiple vendors into an optimal data center infrastructure

VMware NSX, Cisco ACI or EVPN is a half-day on-site workshop. The workshop can be extended by in-depth technical details or discussions of customer’s specific design challenges.

Who should attend
This workshop targets data center or networking architects and designers who are planning, designing or building modern fabric- or virtualization-based data center infrastructure.

If you’re one of them, then this half-day workshop is a must-have overview of typical use cases, available products, and their interoperability.

Participation Fee
Fr. 645.— (including lunch afterwards)

The attendees will receive full access to electronic version of the workshop materials, as well as related videos with further technical details.

The workshop will be held during the DC & Cloud Day. You will have the possibility to hear the keynotes and you can visit the different vendors at their booth during the breaks. – please check here

About Ivan Pepelnjak
Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE#1354 Emeritus, is an independent network architect, book author, blogger and regular speaker at industry events like Interop, RIPE and regional NOG meetings.

He has been designing and implementing large-scale service provider and enterprise networks since 1990, and is currently using his expertise to help multinational enterprises and large cloud- and service providers design next-generation data center and cloud infrastructure using Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) approaches and technologies. Ivan is author of several Cisco Press books, and a series of highly successful webinars.

To learn more about him, visit or read his blog at Ivan Pepelnjak is top rated speaker from Interop Las Vegas 2014 – see

About Mitja Robas
Mitja, CCIE#12907, is a data center-focused IT architect working for NIL Data Communications. He has more than fifteen years of experience in designing, implementing and supporting high-demand data centers, and complex networks and virtualization solutions deployed all over the world. Apart from field and consulting engineer role, he acts also as an instructor and content developer for specialized courses and workshops, sharing his knowledge with engineers around the world. Recently he’s been focusing on all-flash storage, software defined networking and cloud computing, exercising his curiosity in testing and analyzing those solutions

Cancellations of registration are free of charge until 30 days before. Cancellations received beyond this point will incur 100% of the admission fee. You will get an invoice for the respective amount. In any case, however, a delegate may be sent at no additional costs.

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Ivan Pepelnjak ist Mitglied des Organisations-Komitees des DC Days und Advisor der Data Center Interest Group Switzerland.

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