Alcatel-Lucent's data center switch fabric to vie for Best of Interop

Alcatel-Lucent's data center switch fabric is vying for the prestigious honor of being the Best of Interop. With its standout approach, does this fabric have it to win it?

The network fabric plot thickens...

Just when you thought the Best of Interop was a no-brainer when it came to network fabrics, Alcatel-Lucent—also nominated for the prestigious honor—emerged as a competitor. Like Juniper, Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a data center switch fabric product strategy that promises the ability to build a two-tiered network with just two core data center chassis and 14,400 server-facing 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports for 5 microsecond end-to-end latency.

 

So what makes this a standout from the others? Alcatel-Lucent customers can use MC-LAG to eliminate spanning tree protocol in its data center fabric and to lay the groundwork for storage and data convergence. The addition of support for lossless Ethernet and Shortest Path Bridging, tighter management and a pod approach are a few things that may sway you.

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