|Open Networking Can Stress The Support Cycle|
The broad networking market isn’t quite ready for an onslaught of smaller shops who need a turnkey disaggregated solution. That said, there is a more narrow market of folks with the appetite for open networking and disaggregation. These are the shops who see where the ball is going, and want to be there to catch it.
|Overview Of Open Network Linux|
Open Network Linux is a key part of a disaggregated networking stack, sitting in between the bare metal switching hardware underneath and control plane processes on top.
|Understanding Cisco ACI Fabric Forwarding|
One of the most interesting elements of SDN architectures is traffic forwarding. How does traffic get from one point to another in an SDN world? Cisco ACI’s traffic forwarding approach is intriguing in that it neither relies on the controller for forwarding instructions, nor does it rely on a group of network engineers to configure it. Rather, Cisco ACI fabric is a self-configuring cloud of leaf and spine switches that forward traffic between endpoints without forwarding tables being programmed by the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). APIC assumes forwarding will happen, worrying instead about policy.
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|Data Center Fabrics – Characteristics Of DC Fabrics|
If you’ve ever been confused by the term “fabric”, Russ White clarifies exactly what a fabric is, complete with drawings, animations, and live illustrations. From there, you’ll be able to determine what is and is not a fabric, and what that means to you.
|Data Center Fabrics – Clos Fabric History|
Russ White describes crossbar fabrics and how they interconnect, using historical telephone networks as an example. He jumps from this to help you understand what’s going on inside of data center fabrics, including Clos architectures.
|Data Center Fabrics – Fabric Scaling|
Russ White describes how fabrics scale–that is, how fabrics get larger, supplying a higher edge port density while maintaining similar fabric characteristics.
|Data Center Fabrics – Justifying Fabrics|
Russ White explains some use cases for data center fabrics, using a simple leaf-spine topology by way of example.
|Whitebox Networking & Cookies – Make Them Yourself Or Buy From The Shop?|
“Most people don’t bake their own cookies,” says Russ White as a metaphor for why whitebox isn’t for everyone. He is right, of course, but how far does this extend? Baking cookies is a simple task that’s easy to learn, uses readily available tools, and gives you control of your cookie recipe. I make biscuits (cookies) occasionally, and I get to choose the ingredients, flavor and presentation. There is plenty of recipes and advice on the Internet. With a few hours of practice, I can make good cookies that are better than store-bought in almost every . . . To access this content…BECOME AN IGNITION MEMBER! $99 per year. WHY? 1. SUPPORT THE PACKET PUSHERS. Share your support for the Packet Pushers–a way to say, “Thanks!” for more than a decade of nerdy, technical and career-related content you’ve enjoyed on our blogs and podcast network. But only sign up if you can afford it. We know some of you can’t, and that’s okay. 2. DEVELOP YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF. Develop your professional career. Gain more knowledge about the IT industry, network design, and thinking. Enjoy that “smartest person in the room” feeling. Exude quiet confidence in any technical discussion. 3. ACCESS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT. Access deep articles, courses, whitepapers, ebooks, and videos that we don’t publish anywhere else. 4. KICK MARKETING IN THE FACE. Enjoy ad-free, sponsor-free, marketing-free content. No one here but we independent engineers… …