Data Center Interest Group Switzerland proudly present Ivan Pepelnjaks Workshop:

Data Center Fabrics Overview

Location Hilton Zurich Airport Hotel
Date (on request)
Time 9:00 am – 12:00 am

Building a new data center fabric? Trying to evaluate different vendors? Considering tighter integration with virtualization platforms or converged storage?

This vendor-independent workshop will:

  • Give you an overview of data center fabric principles and common requirements
  • Describe typical data center fabric architectures and vendor-specific solutions implementing them
  • Identify benefits and drawbacks of common data center fabric architectures

Topics covered
The workshop focuses on these data center fabric requirements:

  • End-to-end layer-2 and layer-3 transport
  • Converged storage requirements, including Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support
  • Optimal transport with layer-2 and layer-3 multipathing
  • Redundant server connectivity with Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG)
  • Virtualization awareness
  • Simplified provisioning and management

The typical data center fabric architectures described in the workshop include:

  • Independent management, control and data plane – Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG) solutions (Arista, Cumulus, Dell Force10) and large-scale bridging solutions from Brocade and Cisco
  • Centralized management, independent control and data planes – Cisco ACI, Brocade VCS Fabric
  • Centralized control plane, distributed data planes – Cisco VSS, HP IRF, Juniper Virtual Chassis and Virtual Chassis Fabric, OpenFlow-based solutions
  • Centralized data plane – Cisco port extender architectures

After attending this workshop you’ll be able to:

  • Identify common data center fabric criteria and requirements
  • Evaluate vendor architectures and identify their benefits and drawbacks
  • Select the data center fabric solution meeting your requirements

Who Should Attend
This workshop targets architects and designers who are planning, designing or building next-generation data centers. It will also help server, virtualization, security and networking engineers understand the limitations of data center fabrics and the options made available with the emerging software-defined technologies.

Workshop Participant Fee
Fr. 645.— (including lunch afterwards)

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

In the afternoon the 1st DIGS Special Interest Group SDN meeting will take place – 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 ipspace.net or read his blog at blog.ipspace.net. Ivan Pepelnjak is top rated speaker from Interop Las Vegas 2014 – see http://www.informationweek.com/interop/top-rated-speakers-from-interop-las-vegas-2014/d/d-id/1234877

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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