PPP Show 38 – Comparing Data Centre Fabrics from Juniper, Brocade and Cisco

Kurt Bales has a customer who wants to buy a new Data Centre Network and the three main networking vendors (Juniper, Cisco & Brocade) have pitched at him and the customer. Kurt then contacted the Pushers and said “This would make a great podcast to talk about how it looks, works and the reality of the so-called “Data Centre Fabric networks, plus I’ve got some questions that I’d like to get some second opinions.”

So we rounded up Ivan from IOS Hints and Greg from EtherealMind to record a fast, furious and focussed look at the state of play with the three data centre fabrics today. Lots of speculation, wild guesses and deep diving followed. I learned heaps.

Topics that we covered: * data centre fabric design, TRILL, Borg or Big Brother approaches, * FCoE, iSCSI, NFS, Routing, * Juniper, QFX 3500, QFabric, ERX, ICN, * Brocade, VDX, VCS, FSPF, * Cisco, Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000,

Name: Ivan Pepelnjak

Web: http://blog.ioshints.info Twitter: @ioshints

Name: Kurt Bales

Web: http://www.network-janitor.net Twitter: @networkjanitor

Name: Greg Ferro


Links and Posts

This post is where Ivan looks into TRILL and STP interaction at the edge of the L2 network. IOSHints TRILL/FABRIC PATH ñ STP INTEGRATION

Here is the post where Ivan outlines the Borg / Big Brother architectures. THE DATA CENTER FABRIC ARCHITECTURES

Brad Hedlund’s post on †Inverse Virtualisation – it seems Cisco might be forgetting that †there is more than one way to do it and Brad talks about the the other ways to do it while pointing out that the way HE does it is best. Keep up the good work Brad and stay “on message” for Cisco – keep pulling for the team.

Greg’s post at EtherealMind.com on Controller based networks and might be worth contrasting with the move away from controller based networks in wireless AeroHive, HP, ëBig Bonerí APís and Wireless LAN Controllers



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About Greg Ferro

Greg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count.

He is a host on the Packet Pushers Podcast, blogger at EtherealMind.com and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

You can contact Greg via the site contact page.

  • http://bradhedlund.com Brad Hedlund

    Thanks so much for the compliments and inclusion in your podcast. I really appreciate that. Next time we meet the pints are on me :)


    • http://etherealmind.com Greg Ferro

      No problem. Great writing and great blog.

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