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Publication Date: January 2015
This document is intended for data center networking and server architects. It describes the technical architecture of Brocade® Virtual Cluster Switching (VCS™), also referred to as VCS technology in this document, and explains how the control, data, and management planes function, and how a VCS Ethernet fabric operates. It also provides a comparison of the VCS Ethernet Fabric with the emerging IEEE Transparent Interconnect of Lots of Links, or TRILL standard.
Ethernet fabric architectures built on Brocade VCS Fabric technology simplifies network architecture and management and features for supporting future “software-defined” networks, as well as a cost-effective point of entry that enables the transition to mission-critical networks in cloud data centers.
This paper shows how to apply a small set of software engineering metrics to measure the network administration complexity, effort, and time required to configure and maintain a classic Ethernet network (Cisco Nexus with vPCs) and an Ethernet fabric network (Brocade VCS Fabric technology).
As cloud-based services become more prevalent, scalable multitenant network environments become more imperative. The multitenant data center network architecture from Brocade provides a smooth and scalable cloud deployment that simplifies management and orchestration.