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Data center-class switches: A buyer's guide

In this guide, we explore the evolution and business case for data center-class switches. Learn what to look for when buying a data center-class switch, and take a look at the top products in the marketplace.

Introduction

Data center-class switches have emerged over the past few years as a result of design changes in the data center. Going beyond the traditional three-tiered network model, these high-performance switches support technologies like storage area networks (SANs) and increasing traffic flows in both north-south and east-west directions.

This new class of switches also supports high-bandwidth interconnects like Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet, which are required for SAN connectivity. Finally, they can be deployed in both top-of-rack and end-of-row configurations.

In this buyer's guide, readers will learn more depth what a data center-class switch is, as well as how to identify optimal use case scenarios for its deployment. The guide will also cover important criteria to consider when purchasing a data center-class switch and will provide a head-to-head comparison of the leading data center-class switches. It also has product overviews of some of the top data center-class switches on the market today.

1What is...?-

What are data center-class switches?

Learn how switching in the enterprise has evolved and why data center-class switches emerged as an important part of data center infrastructure.

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What are data center-class switches?

Choosing the right switch for your data center can be a difficult task. This article looks at how data center-class switches are evolving in the enterprise to offer flexibility and speed for new traffic flows. Continue Reading

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The business case for data center-class switches

Data center-class switch use cases shed light on the benefits for your organization.

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Making the business case for data center-class switches

Choosing the right data center-class switch depends on your needs. This article breaks down the benefits and uses for data center-class switches in emerging data center architectures. Continue Reading

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How to buy a data center-class switch

Explore key features to look for when purchasing a data center-class switch for your organization.

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Buying data center-class switches: What you need to know

Choosing the right switches for your data center can be difficult in an increasingly virtual environment. In this article, we explore the purchasing criteria for data center-class switches. Continue Reading

4Which should I buy...?-

Which data center-class switch should I buy?

Which data center-class should you buy for your organization's infrastructure? Take a look at our comparison of the top vendors in the market and review the pros and cons of their products.

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Comparing the best data center-class switch features

Before you buy, check out this comparison of leading data center-class switches to understand the different features and capabilities. Continue Reading

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A glance at the leading data center-class switch vendors

Data center-class switches have become integral to large and complex IT infrastructures. Take a look at the leading data center-class switch vendors on the market.

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Cisco Nexus 9500 series: Data center switch overview

In this overview, learn more about the Cisco Nexus 9500 series, a family of data center switches designed for enterprises and highly virtualized data centers. Continue Reading

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Cisco Nexus 7700 series: Data center switch overview

The Cisco Nexus 7700 series is a family of data center-class switches designed for enterprises and highly virtualized environments. Learn about the features of this series in this product overview. Continue Reading

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HP FlexFabric 12900 series: Data center-class switch fabric overview

In this data center-class switch product overview, learn more about the HP FlexFabric 12900 series, including its capabilities, features, and pricing and support information. Continue Reading

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HP FlexFabric 12500 series: Data center-class switch overview

The HP FlexFabric 12500 series is designed for enterprise IT environments, including highly virtualized data centers. Learn more about the series' features and capabilities in this overview. Continue Reading

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Brocade VDX 8770: Data center switch overview

The Brocade VDX 8770 is a data center switch tailored for complex enterprise IT environments, such as data centers with extensive virtualization. Continue Reading

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Juniper EX9200 series: Data center-class switch overview

The Juniper EX9200 series is a family of data center-class switches for enterprises and service providers with large data centers and campuses with highly virtualized and cloud environments. Continue Reading

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Dell C9010: Data center-class switch overview

The Dell C9010 data center-class switch supports a large number of deployment scenarios, including campus networks, midsize businesses and large enterprises. Continue Reading

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Archive of previous releases

Here you can find information about earlier iterations of data center-class switches.

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Dell E1200i and E600i series: Data center-class switch overview

Find out more about the Dell E-series family of data center-class switches, which is tailored for complex enterprise IT environments like highly virtualized data centers. Continue Reading

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