Networking Technology is Not Static

Ed Koehler Distinguished Principal Engineer Published 6 Jul 2022

In a recent past blog post, I wrote about the Evolution of Network Protocol Architectures.

As I previously stated, networking technology is not static. It is constantly evolving, and yet many times when organizations refresh or ‘modernize’ their network, they purchase shiny new network switches but insist on deploying the same networking protocols that operated on the previous network.

In this blog, I provided a historical look at how networking protocols matured as computer network architectures transformed. The differences between a traditional networking protocol stack and the 802.1aq method are at the heart of the conversation. 802.1aq transparently extends Layer 2 connectivity, regardless of physical topology or location.

However, sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words. So, to fully illustrate the Evolution of Network Protocol Architectures concept, we’ve created an infographic highlighting the many benefits of the evolution provided by the 802.1aq method.

OCTO Infographic Evolution of Network Protocol Architectures

The overall evolution of network protocol architectures will, of course, continue. 802.1aq is by no means the end of the evolution. As we move further towards smart infrastructure and communities, this evolution will continue to provide the automation and scale required for networks.

In the meantime, you can grab the full PDF version of this infographic via the link below. So, please take a moment to download the PDF, print it out in full color, and display it in your office. And don’t forget to share it with all your techno colleagues so they can also witness the evolution

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