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18:29 Webinar overview

Webinar Overview 1:56 2012-02-08
What Is a Data Center Fabric 16:33 2016-12-21

1:58:51 Update Sessions

This section contains raw videos from the 2016 update session that haven't been integrated with other materials yet (currently only Junos) as well as videos from 2017 live updates.

The updates covering new hardware and software features launched by Arista, Avaya, Brocade and Cisco in 2016 and 2017 have already been included in the videos in the corresponding sections.

Cumulus Linux videos recorded in 2016 are included in the videos in the Cumulus Linux section.

54:19 Junos Update 2016

Juniper Data Center Switches 54:19 2016-10-13
Data Center Fabrics Update 2016 4.6M 2016-10-08

1:04:32 Cumulus Linux Update 2017

Introduction, Platform and Feature Overview 5:50 2017-10-27
Chassis-Based Platforms Deep Dive 28:37 2017-10-27
New Software Features 14:53 2017-10-27
Simplified Operations 7:20 2017-10-27
Open-Source Contributions 7:52 2017-10-27
Slide deck 11M 2017-10-26

1:22:50 Data Center Fabric Requirements

What requirements should you consider when designing a data center fabric? This section lists a number of them and explains why they might be relevant to your design.

Optimal Bandwidth Utilization 15:59 2016-12-21
Redundant Edge Connectivity 4:14 2016-12-21
Layer-2 Transport and VM Mobility 9:03 2016-12-21
Enhanced Layer-2 Transport 11:22 2016-12-21
Optimal Layer-3 Forwarding 10:50 2016-12-21
Multiple Routing Domains 5:35 2016-12-21
Storage Integration 7:20 2016-12-21
Lossless Transport and Data Center Bridging 4:46 2016-12-21
Table Sizes and Packet Buffers 13:41 2016-12-21

Slide Deck

Data Center Fabrics - Requirements 9.6M 2016-05-22

56:19 Data Center Fabric Architectures

Regardless of what the vendors love to tell you, every data center fabric solution implements one of common architectures, ranging from completely distributed to completely centralized.

Not surprisingly, each of these architectures has typical benefits and drawbacks; you’ll discover them in this section.

Fabric Architectures - Introduction 15:08 2017-01-18
Independent Devices 4:42 2017-01-18
Shared Management Plane 7:49 2017-01-18
Centralized Control Plane 13:13 2017-01-18
Centralized Control Plane with Local Offload 6:37 2017-01-18
Centralized Data Plane 6:17 2017-01-18
Conclusions 2:33 2017-01-18

Slide Deck

Data Center Fabrics - Architectures 2.3M 2016-05-30

30:28 Technology Overviews

Some of the technologies used in data center fabrics are standardized. Others are not, but they’re still used by most vendors in one form or another.

This section describes some non-standard technologies you’ll find in most data center fabric solutions.

MLAG Technology Overview 17:28 2017-01-18
UFT Technology Overview 13:00 2017-08-16

11:39 Data Center Fabric Solutions

We’re using a simple scorecard throughout the webinar to evaluate solutions from numerous data center switching vendors.

This section describes the scorecard and tells you which parameters in it might be relevant to you based on what type of data center environment you plan to build.

Solution Scorecard Explanation 4:20 2012-11-19
Criteria Applicability 7:19 2013-07-19

2:21:17 Arista EOS

This section contains information on Arista’s data center switches and software features available in Arista EOS. It was last updated in August 2017.

Product Overview - Arista 15:48 2017-08-18
Product Details - Arista 10:26 2017-08-18
Software Features Release Overview - Arista 28:42 2017-08-18
Highlighted Software Features - Arista EOS 45:26 2017-08-18
Highlighted Software Features - Arista 7150 8:18 2014-07-22
OpenFlow Support - Arista 13:36 2015-12-22
VXLAN Support - Arista 19:01 2017-08-18

Slide Deck

Arista EOS 3.3M 2017-08-17

39:57 Avaya (now Extreme) SPB Fabric

This section contains information on Avava’s (now Extreme) data center switches and their SPB fabric solution as of summer 2016.

Hardware and SPB Fabric Overview - Avaya 10:46 2017-08-21
SPB Fabric Features - Avaya 18:09 2017-08-21
Interesting Fabric Use Cases - Avaya 11:02 2017-08-21

Slide Deck

Avaya VSP Data Center Solution Overview 5.0M 2016-10-15

1:53:42 Brocade VCS Fabric

This section covers Brocade’s VDX series of data center switches and their NOS operating system. It was last updated in September 2017 and includes hardware descripton of SLX switches (software documentation wasn't available yet).

No update on Brocade data center switches is planned for 2018; we're waiting to see how Extreme's acquisiton of this part of Brocade will play out.

Product Overview - Brocade 11:25 2017-09-05
Product Details - Brocade 2:12 2014-08-07
Brocade Fabrics Overview 5:43 2017-09-05
VCS Fabric 29:26 2015-12-22
Brocade IP Fabric 24:46 2017-09-05
Highlighted Software Features - Brocade 15:02 2017-09-05
Software Features Release Overview - Brocade 13:53 2017-09-05
Brocade OpenFlow Support 2:47 2017-09-05
Brocade VXLAN Support 8:28 2017-09-05

Slide Deck

Brocade VCS Fabric 2.9M 2016-10-08

2:07:06 Cisco Nexus Switches

This section covers Cisco’s Nexus series of data center switches and their Nexus-OS operating system. The videos in this section were last updated in August 2017.

Product Overview - Nexus 9000 Series 19:13 2017-08-21
Product Overview - Other Nexus Switches 11:50 2017-08-21
Product Details - Cisco 3:35 2014-09-12
FabricPath, vPC and DFA 17:37 2016-01-04
Software Release Overview - Nexus OS 34:25 2017-08-21
Highlighted Software Features - Nexus OS 19:45 2017-08-21
OpenFlow Support in Nexus Switches 4:20 2017-08-21
VXLAN Support in Nexus Switches 16:21 2017-08-21

Slide Deck

Cisco Nexus 3.3M 2017-08-21

1:39:38 Cumulus Linux

This section describes Cumulus Linux, an open-source Linux-based network operating system running on whitebox switches as well as switches manufactured by Dell and HPE.

The videos in this section were last updated in 2016, the 2017 update is scheduled for October 26th 2017.

What Is Cumulus Linux All About 14:01 2017-10-13
Cumulus Linux Data Center Architectures 16:02 2017-10-13
Cumulus Linux Base Technologies 21:58 2017-10-13
Simplify Network Configuration with Cumulus Linux 13:28 2017-10-13
VXLAN Support in Cumulus Linux 12:23 2017-10-13
Cumulus Linux Architecture and Release Details 17:29 2017-10-13
Conclusions and Questions 4:17 2017-10-13

Slide Decks

Initial presentation (May 2015) 1.4M 2015-05-23
June 2016 update 1.5M 2016-06-20

25:57 Dell Force10

This section contains a brief introduction Dell data center switches and FTOS operating system.

No further updates of this section are planned as it seems Dell focuses more on hardware and logistics and uses third-party operating systems (like Cumulus Linux)

Dell Force10 5.4M 2015-12-19
Product Overview - Dell Force10 12:22 2015-12-22
Dell Force10 FTOS Software Features 9:20 2015-12-22
OpenFlow on Dell Force10 Switches 4:15 2015-12-22

25:15 HP IRF

This section describes Comware-based data center switches sold by HPE.

No further updates of this section are planned - HP seems to be preferring Arista switches over Comware-based platforms.

HP IRF 6.5M 2015-12-19
HP Data Center Switches Product Overview 11:20 2016-01-04
HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) 5:46 2014-10-27
OpenFlow Support on HP Data Center Switches 8:09 2016-01-04

59:49 Juniper QFX- and EX Series

This section covers Juniper’s QFX- and EX-series of data center switches and the data center features of Junos.

The videos in this section were last updated in 2015, for 2016 updates see the Update Sessions in 2016 section.

Juniper EX-Series and QFabric 7.9M 2015-12-19
Product Overview - Juniper Data Center Switches 14:36 2016-01-04
Product Details - QFX- and EX-Series Switches 9:57 2016-01-04
Product Details - QFabric 8:08 2014-10-17
Virtual Chassis 10:30 2014-10-17
Junos Software Release Overview 12:10 2016-01-04
OpenFlow Support on Juniper Data Center Switches 2:54 2016-01-04
VXLAN Support on Juniper Data Center Switches 1:34 2016-01-04

48:10 Other Vendors

This section contains one-off presentations describing minor data center switching vendors.

The content in this section is no longer updated.

2:42 Alcatel Lucent

The content in this section is no longer updated.

Alcatel Lucent Omniswitch 743K 2014-01-14
Alcatel Lucent Omniswitch 2:42 2013-07-27

1:37 Avaya

For new information on Avaya's data center switches, see the Update Sessions in 2016 section.

Avaya ERS 733K 2014-01-14
Avaya ERS 1:37 2012-11-19

6:43 NEC Programmable Flow

NEC ProgrammableFlow 1.2M 2014-05-03
Product Overview - NEC ProgrammableFlow 5:37 2014-10-27
Software Release Overview - NEC ProgrammableFlow 1:06 2014-10-27

37:08 Plexxi

Plexxi Affinity Networking 6.1M 2013-05-20
Plexxi Affinity Networking 37:08 2013-06-16

Original Slide Decks (2011 - 2015)

Data Center Fabric Architectures 3.4M 2011-11-15
Data Center Fabrics Update May 2012 2.3M 2012-05-17
Data Center Fabrics Update November 2012 2.0M 2012-11-15
Data Center Fabrics Update May 2013 1.9M 2013-05-23
Data Center Fabrics Update May 2014 3.1M 2014-05-24
Data Center Fabrics Update May 2015 14M 2015-06-09

1:39:48 Original Recordings (2011 - 2013)

Update Session May 2013 99:48 2013-05-23
Update Session November 2012 12M 2013-05-23
Update Session May 2012 30M 2012-07-13
Data Center Fabrics November 2011 32M 2012-07-13

Webinar description

The webinar describes the data center networking requirements and various approaches to data center fabric networks. It includes in-depth analysis of fabric architectures used by major data center networking vendor and compares their scalability and ease-of-use.
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