Date Added: May 2012
More and more services are provided by large data centers with a potentially very large number of physical or virtual hosts. As the number of hosted services and service consumers increases, also the number of hosts inside a data center raises to cope with the increasing end-user demand. Current data center networks are usually based on Ethernet and mechanisms like load balancing or redundancy between data centers require a transparent connection of these Ethernet networks over a Wide Area Network (WAN). Due to the large number of hosts, these interconnected data center networks face scalability problems on different protocol layers.