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Data center networks are undergoing a significant paradigm shift. Several technology and business trends are driving this transformation. Server and storage virtualization is changing the way applications, servers, and storage is deployed. 10G/40G Ethernet, Data Center Bridging (DCB), and Low Latency Ethernet are opening up the possibility of an all Ethernet data center that moves away from Fiber Channel and Infiniband. Growing East-West traffic patterns within a data center is driving flatter network architectures that are optimized for fewer hops, lower latency and mesh-type connectivity.
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