Design the Network Services and Infrastructure

From Next-Generation Data Center

Finally it’s time to get our hands dirty. We’ll talk about virtual networks needed by application workloads, focus on data center fabrics, design one, and deploy network services on top of it.

Guest speaker

As Internet IPv6 adoption is becoming more real there are practical considerations for many businesses to consider I invited Ed Horley to give you some guidelines and describe lessons learned while deploying IPv6 within data centers, and what you need to consider before you start your IPv6 journey. He will also address these questions:

  • Should IPv6 (dual-stack) in the data center be something to implement?
  • Can IPv6 data center be an advantage for certain services, applications and workloads?
  • Are there specific things to look out for in adopting IPv6 in the data center?
  • What training, skills and resources do I need to make it actually happen?

More about Ed Horley

Previous guest speakers

In autumn 2016 course, Russ White (LinkedIn) described the principles of disaggregation and white box switching data center solutions, the problem space and various open-source solutions, including their positive and negative attributes.

  • Disaggregation versus white box versus SDN -- what is the difference
  • The components of a fabric; switches, optics, network operating system, control plane
  • Building the fabric: Clos designs, oversubscription, managing complexity
  • Overlay options: VXLAN and EVPN
  • Other topics: Service chaining and security

More about Russ White

Self-study materials

If you’re not familiar with virtual networking and virtual appliances, start with Introduction to Virtual Networking webinar (2 hours).

You’ll find the information you need to understand modern data center fabrics in these webinars:

To get familiar with the principles of overlay virtual networking watch:

You should also read these Expert Express Case Studies (plan to spend approximately one hour per case study).

Finally, it might be worth watching IPv6-Only Data Centers webinar with Tore Anderson (~ 1 hour).

Additional recommended materials

Recordings of live sessions

IPv6 in Data Centers with Ed Horley

Network Infrastructure Discussions (Spring 2017)

Network Infrastructure Discussions (Autumn 2016)

Whitebox Switching and Disaggregation with Russ White