May 09, 2013

Simplicity – key to a smart enterprise data center fabric architecture

My last blog on data center focused on the classification of the various data center markets today. And it ended with an explanation to what unique requirements exist in today’s enterprise data centers when evaluating Software Defined Networks (SDN).

There are obviously common goals across all data centers. Continued optimization of OpEx through automation and orchestration, maximized utilization of existing resources and capacities, higher degree of standardization, choosing the operationally most efficient products and so on are high on the list. Being able to respond to business needs and increased IT agility is there as well.

As highlighted in the last blog, the differences can be found in the lower degree of standardization, driven by diverse business requirements and adaptation to their individual requirements along with a lower workload and multi tenancy scale than the cloud data centers.

Another key attribute of enterprise data centers is the fact that they are operated by teams that are constrained in size and often have other responsibilities too – like managing the access and campus networks, wireless infrastructures and so on.

So the data center is important to the business in the enterprise but it is often not treated like the strategic asset it is with the data centers in the financial market or the cloud providers.

To achieve agility and reliability with little cost and risk a simplified and unified data center fabric architecture makes most sense. Enterprise IT is not willing to adopt half-baked and immature solutions – which are often at the peak of their hype cycle – and which have such a short lifetime and often limited value compared to the risk and cost that they introduce to the business.

Taking an architectural approach that allows enterprise IT to use common tools, products, protocols and standards across the whole network infrastructure – like we provide with OneFabric – reduces both cost and risk while providing a much greater level of flexibility and agility to deliver applications from the virtualized data center down to the mobile user.

I took a closer look at the enterprise data center and its unique requirements in a recent webinar titled “Software Defined Networks (SDN) – Where will it take networking?” I welcome you to view this captivating presentation to learn more about the road to SDN.

About The Contributor:
Markus NispelVice President Solutions Architecture and Innovation

Markus Nispel is the Vice President Solutions Architecture and Innovation at Extreme Networks. Working closely together with key customers his focus is the strategic solution development across all technologies provided by Extreme. In his previous role he was responsible as the Chief Technology Strategist and VP Solutions Architecture for the Enterasys Networks solutions portfolio and strategy, namely NAC Network Access Control, SDN Software Defined Networks, DCM Data Center Management, MDM Mobile Device Management Integration, OneFabric, OneFabric Connect and OneFabric Data Center as well as the network management strategy. This position is tied to his previous role in Enterasys as Director Technology Marketing and as a member of the Office of the CTO. In addition to this role he advises key accounts on a worldwide basis in strategic network decisions. Before its activity for Enterasys Markus Nispel was active as system Engineer at Cabletron Systems. Markus Nispel studied at the university of applied sciences in Dieburg and graduaded 1996 as Dipl. – Engineer for communications technology. He collected first professional experience at E-Plus Mobile Communications within the group of network optimization of their DCS cellular mobile network.

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