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Data Center Ethernet News
July 30, 2014
Arista, Google, Microsoft, Broadcom and Mellanox are developing 25 and 50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) top-of-rack switches. After initial reluctance, the IEEE is considering a standard for 25 GbE, but vendors may be out of luck with 50 GbE.
May 15, 2014
SDN and virtualization determine the leaders in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for data center networking, but switching fabrics still matter most to engineers.
March 06, 2014
The white-box switch market grew exponentially in 2013 thanks to hyperscale companies and cloud providers, but will enterprises buy in?
November 14, 2013
Extreme's new data center switch eases migration to 10 GbE and 40 GbE, with 32 QSFP+ ports engineered for either 32 40 GbE or 104 10 GbE.
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Virtualization and cloud exposed legacy data center networks as fragile and inefficient. This primer explains how Ethernet fabrics meet new demands. Continue Reading
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With TRILL extension, Brocade adds native multi-tenancy to its Ethernet fabric. It also rolls out new ToR switches and auto-QoS for storage traffic. Continue Reading
Ethernet networks often struggle with modern data center workloads, but emerging NIC technologies are here to help improve network performance. Continue Reading
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The Plexxi SDN strategy uses optical interconnects to link Ethernet switches and a controller with open APIs that enhance application performance far beyond network fabrics. Continue Reading
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Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) adoption is growing. But is it right for your organization? Continue Reading
When it comes to OpenStack vs. CloudStack, IT managers need to understand the difference between the open source cloud-computing management architectures. Continue Reading
Expert Carrie Higbie explains that top-of-rack switching may mean higher costs due to an oversubscription of ports that you don't need and can't use. Continue Reading