Runt Packet – Cisco Fabric Path

Packet Pushers are adding a new series of sporadic and occasional podcasts where we take a single topic, probably technical and very focussed and discuss just that thing. These podcasts should be about fifteen minutes and be brief and hard hitting.

And we are going to call it, in Packet Pushers style ——RUNT PACKETS.

So herewith is the FIRST Runt Packet. And who better than to have Cisco, our much beloved partner, to talk to us about…..

Cisco FabricPath

Cisco debuted their FabricPath strategy and, frankly, the name is meaningless marketing drivel. Yet I know that it contains interesting new technologies such as TRILL andL2MP . So we got Omar Sultan and Mike Fratto to join Greg Ferro and have a deeper look at what this means as a strategy and what it means for customers.

So we do a short overview on FabricPath then talk about the impact on design, acceptance and adoption.

Some more information on FabricPath : and elsewhere on Cisco’s website.


Omar Sultan, Senior Solution Manager, Data Center Solutions, Cisco

Omar Sultan is a Senior Solution Manager for the Data Center Solutions team in the Cisco Central Marketing Organization. Omar has been at Cisco since 1999 and his current responsibilities center on the Cisco Nexus portfolio of data center switches. he blogs often at and on twitter as @omarsultan

Mike Fratto, Editor of Network Computing

Mike Editor of Network Computing covering network infrastructure, data center, and network access control. He has been with TechWeb for over 11 years and has extensive experience evaluating enterprise remote access, security, and network infrastructure products. He also teaches a network security graduate course at Syracuse University.

You can find him at and on twitter as @mfratto

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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 and on Twitter @etherealmind and Google Plus

You can contact Greg via the site contact page.

  • asdf

    So… Where is this podcast? There is no link to a file …only itunes?

    • Greg Ferro

      Details are in the sidebar as well. is the podcast website.

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