If you’re a modern service provider you’re probably wondering: how to stay competitive in this rapidly evolving, technologically shifting industry? Answer: it’s about the network. Take a look at some key fabric technologies for your data centers!
No more manual configurations, no more errors
- …simplifies virtual machine mobility by stretching IP subnets or Layer 2 domains within and between data centers maintaining the IP address of the virtual machine regardless of its physical location. These stretched VLANs, referred to as Layer 2 Virtual Service Networks (VSNs), can extend anywhere in the Fabric Connect network and can be set up with ease at the network edge.
- …simplifies Data Center Interconnect by enabling active/active, full mesh connectivity between multiple data center locations while ensuring a logical loop free environment without any additional overlay technologies.
- …offers dynamic auto-attach features for ESX-, HyperV- and KVM-based hypervisor environments so that as virtual machines are spun up and moved, network services are extended dynamically.
- …simplifies both multi-tenant/micro-segmented networks through integrated VRF capabilities, referred to as Layer 3 Virtual Service Networks (VSNs), which can set up with ease, without any additional overlay routing protocols.
- …can be deployed over any physical topology whether it be traditional spine/leaf, mesh, partial mesh or other topologies – with path optimization for all traffic flows.
Extreme Fabric Connect… and what else?
- Dynamic Auto-Attach: the functionality provides for automatic attachment of users, devices, and virtual machines (VMs) to connect to SPB services or I-SIDs. It uses extensions to the IEEE802.1AB Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) to automatically attach network devices to I-SIDs or VSNs in an SPB network. This auto-attach capability can be deployed on endpoints, such as IP surveillance cameras, wireless APs, and/or non-SPB-compliant access layer switches so that seamless communication with the SPB fabric is possible.
- Seamless extension of SPB: Fabric Extend is a feature that enables SPB to be extended over third-party IP networks whether they are IP cores or service provider wide area networks (WANs). Any SPB service, whether it is L2, L3, or multicast, can be seamlessly extended across the WAN or across the IP core easily — without the WAN or IP core having visibility to those services. Fabric Extend supports an IP mode, an L2 mode or an encrypted mode. It works by creating an overlay of point-to-point tunnels using either Virtual Extensible Local Area Network (VXLAN) native L2 tunnels for IP mode or encrypted IPSec tunnels.
Distributed Virtual Routing (DvR)
Where routing is centralized traffic will have to traverse across the network, even though the host source and destination of the flow is local to the rack.
Distributed Virtual Routing distributes the routing function without having to provision any routing functionality on the ToR or leaf nodes. The result is optimized traffic without complexity.
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