NIL Data Center Fabrics beyond the hype and marketecture

Every networking vendor is talking about Data Center fabric these days, usually offering a proprietary architecture that works well only with the devices from the same vendor.

The lecture will start with a brief description of the modern data center requirements, from unified access solutions combining Ethernet and Fiber Channel protocols to need for large-scale bridging.

The core of the lecture will be focused on technologies that can meet these requirements, from data center bridging (DCB) to TRILL and SPB, and the fabric architectures proposed by various vendors.

The lecture was delivered at EuroNOG 2011.