For the first time in many years, networking professionals are considering new network architecture and design strategies for the data center LAN.
Data center network architecture must evolve in order to support heavily virtualized environments and private or hybrid cloud environments, which require non-blocked connectivity and sometimes unified storage and data center networks.
But there are quite a few data center network architecture and design strategies from which to choose. In this video, senior site editor Rivka Gewirtz Little sits down with Jim Metzler, principal at Ashton, Metzler and Associates. A widely recognized authority on network technology, Metzler guides network engineers through the tough decision of choosing a data center network architecture, and how to jump the hurdles that virtualization can add.
This was first published in October 2010