This week I get to host (and when I say host, what I really mean is ‘ask questions and let smart people talk’) a webinar on the topic of building a data center network for 10G data centers. I’m excited because I’ll be speaking to real networking gurus and hear about their challenges and requirements when it comes to data center networking.
At the heart of the conversation is going to be the transition to 10G. In the data center, 10G top-of-rack switches are where we are seeing a lot of action. There are a number of factors contributing to the growth: higher powered CPUs, server virtualization, and storage convergence among them, and this is a trend that we certainly see continuing in the future.
Many of you out there are probably in the same boat, so as you think about your own data center network and your evolving requirements, here are five important questions to ask before you make the 10G leap: