As organizations move to cloud-based architectures and IT models, their highly virtualized data centers often encounter underlying limitations. Traditional network architectures often prevent them from achieving cloud computing’s true potential for performance, availability, automation, optimization, and efficiency.
In order to bring the promise of virtualization to fruition, the underlying infrastructure–especially the network–must evolve. New topology-agnostic Ethernet fabrics are an innovative approach specifically designed for virtualized data center environments.
However, it’s often challenging for IT decision makers to decide which Ethernet fabric approach is the best fit for their organization. This guide summarizes research findings from the recent Lippis Open Industry Active-Active Cloud Network Fabric Test for Two-Tier Ethernet Architecture, which rigorously tested different types of Ethernet fabrics. The Lippis test’s goal was to give IT architects and decision makers quantitative metrics and recommendations to help them with complex purchasing decisions.