The Yankee Group in their article titled “Data Center Evolution is Dependant on a Network Fabric”, points to the following technical benefits from implementing a data center network that has fabric architecture versus a traditional hierarchical architecture.
- Better data center network performance from fewer packet processing steps, plus the elimination of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
- A simplified data center network design from creating a flatter network
- A data center network that is faster to scale and more viable to scale
Data center network fabric architecture at its core provides simplicity to the data center network in terms of number of devices, interactions and packet processing.
Check back on Wednesday, May 11th for continued discussion of the business benefits for the data center network from fabric architecture.