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In today's data center environment, routing and switching
architectures must evolve to support changing requirements. The
advent of server farms, virtualization, and cloud computing
structures is changing the optimal switching architecture.
This issue of the PTS Data Center Solutions e-newsletter focuses on
the Modern Data Center's traffic requirements and the impact on
routing and switching and architecture.
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provide solutions which have evolved from carrier-class for use in
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Story: The Effects of East-West Traffic Flow on Routing &
Switching Architectures in the Modern Data Center
The modern data
center has undergone a series of changes that have significantly
impacted business operations. Traditional data center traffic (e.g.
web access at the user level) traverses the data center north to
south. However, the advent of large-scale storage area networks and
service-oriented architectures including resource pool management for
virtualization and cloud computing has driven east-west traffic flow
within the data center.
of clustered server structures based upon blade server architectures
to support virtualization and cloud computing, applications which may
initially be deployed in closely coupled server hosts can
automatically, with high-availability applications, migrate to
diverse hosts within a server farm. This can impact the number of
between components of an integrated application.
In the diagram
below, if two switches have the same "parent" in the
hierarchy, then only three switches are involved in the connection.
However, as the servers become more separated, the number of switch
hops grow. Thus, a traditional tree switching architecture can lead
to potential delay, risk of congestion, and packet loss. In a tree
hierarchy, packets must first travel north-south before they can move
east-west, which is highly inefficient.
To support the growing demand for east-west traffic flow
within the modern data center, new network design approaches must be
considered to optimize network design. Virtualization and cloud
computing have had such a major impact on today's data center traffic
patterns that approximately 75% of traffic can be characterized as
east-west. To optimize the performance of data center traffic, the
traditional tree structure must be replaced with an any-to-any
storage/server mesh design that reduces the number of hops
north-south and delivers a single hop for flows east-west.
The logical solution to the data center switching
problem is to achieve the concept of universal connectivity without
introducing a deep switch hierarchy. This approach is called
flattening the network and reduces the number of layers and weaves
the remaining components into a common fabric that provides any port
with dependable, high capacity connectivity to any other port within
the data center facility.
To request more
information on PTS Routing & Switching Design Services, click here. Read
the white paper Next Generation in
Scalable Network Fabrics for Data Centers.
Showcase: Juniper QFabric Delivers Any-to-Any Connectivity within the
A true data
center network fabric interconnects thousands of server, storage and
other network ports in a flat, ultra-low latency infrastructure that
provides any-to-any connectivity, ensuring that every device is a
single hop away from every other device.
QFabric technology delivers such a data center network fabric-a
solution that flattens the entire network to a single tier where all
access points are equal, eliminating the effects of network locality.
The QFabric architecture also eliminates the need for protocols such
as Spanning Tree, TRILL or SPB while reducing network latency to
microseconds, improving the performance of every application in the
By operating as
a single device, the QFabric system-composed of the QFabric
Interconnect, QFabric Director and QFabric Nodes-improves efficiency
and simplifies operations by dramatically reducing the number of
managed components from many to only one.
Juniper Networks Routing & Switching solutions are comprehensive,
scalable, and secure solutions specifically designed to meet the
needs of both enterprises and service providers. All of their routers
and switches - run on one common operating system - Junos.
Education & White Papers
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to check out the PTS Blog - Data Center
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Room Design Group, or visit our Data Center Design
Channel on YouTube.
CASE STUDY: Fortune
1000 Enterprise Client - Network and Cabling Upgrade
PTS provided services to a Fortune 1000 enterprise
client looking to upgrade the data center cabling infrastructure
without any interruption of IT services and applications. Download
Architecture Design for Next Generation Data Centers by PTS
Each type of cabling architecture has notable advantages
over the others relative to the data center's function, density of
equipment, up-time, and planned or unplanned growth. This white paper
reviews the best approaches to data center cabling design and discusses
when it is appropriate to use each. Download
the Optimal Data Center Cooling Solution by Peter Sacco, PTS
A better way to
think about data center cooling is to forget the notion of adding
'cold' to a room... Further, selecting the optimal cooling
solution involves a deep understanding and comparison between the
performance characteristics, capital expense (CAPEX), and operational
expense (OPEX) of potential configurations. Download
Downtime: How Much Does It Really Cost? by Aberdeen Group
May 2010 research on Disaster Avoidance and Disaster Recovery: Making
your Datacenter Disaster Resilient analyzed the frequency and
associated costs of datacenter downtime for 125 organizations
worldwide. The focus of this document is to quantify the cost of
IT-induced business downtime. Download
Entire Data Centers Using Only Row Cooling by APC
Row cooling is
emerging as a practical total cooling solution for new data centers
due to its inherent high efficiency and predictable performance. Yet
some IT equipment in data centers appears incompatible with row
cooling because it is not arranged in neat rows due to the nature of
the equipment or room layout constraints, suggesting the ongoing need
for traditional perimeter cooling to support these loads. This paper
explains how a cooling system comprised only of row coolers, with no
room cooling system, can cool an entire data center, including IT
devices that are not in neat rows. Download
Errors to Avoid When Commissioning a Data Center by Schneider
commissioning can deliver an unbiased evaluation of whether a newly
constructed data center will be an operational success or a failure.
Proper execution of the commissioning process is a critical step in
determining how the data center operates as an integrated system. The
documentation produced as a result of commissioning is also the
single, most enduring value added deliverable in a data center's
operational life. This paper outlines the ten most common errors that
prevent successful execution of the commissioning process. Download
Data Center Operator Take Their Chances with Floods
Computerworld, July 16, 2013
Peter Sacco, was quoted in a recent Computerworld online article
regarding how climate change is causing some IT leaders to consider
relocating, or at least hardening, their facilities. Given the dire
warnings about climate change, some business leaders and IT
professionals are pondering this question: How should data center
managers handle the crop of so-called 100- and even 500-year storms,
coastal floods and other ecological disasters that climatologists
predict are heading our way?
Read the Article
Center Renovation: 8 Warning Signs Your Data Center Needs
TechNews Magazine, July 2013
Just like your
home, data centers hit a point where slapping some paint on the
walls (or adding additional rack UPS or portable cooling systems
(e.g. standing floor fans) to mask inherent design flaws, failures,
or issues will no longer suffice. An investment in data center
renovation will keep your data center running much more smoothly and
will help minimize the chance of a disaster. Consider the following
warning signs, and what you can do to fix each issue, to keep your
data center shiny and new.
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Ernst & Young Names
Pete Sacco Entrepreneur Of The YearŽ 2013 Finalist in New Jersey
May 3, 2013
Franklin Lakes, NJ, May 3, 2013 -
Pete Sacco, President & CEO of PTS Data Center Solutions
("PTS"), was named a finalist for the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award in the New Jersey Region. The
awards program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate
excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation,
financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and
communities. These finalists were selected by a panel of independent
judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on
Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Hyatt New Brunswick.
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