Organizations are architecting their data centers to better meet the escalating demands they are facing. They are building next generation, high-performance data center networks that can handle all of today’s web applications, cloud services, virtualized machines and converged platforms, with controls that can efficiently adjust and scale the network to support constantly changing bandwidth needs and traffic patterns. To better understand what is influencing the next generation data center network and what it may look like going forward, the SDxCentral research team conducted an informal poll1 of the SDxCentral community.
Data Center Networking Technologies Today
When asked what percentage of their organization’s data center was made up of next generation technologies, almost a third of respondents (32%) indicated it was about 1-20% of their environment, while another third (29%) noted it was 21-40%.
And when probed on which next generation solutions they were currently using, network virtualization solutions (overlays) were the most frequently cited technology, at 65%. 58% said they used vSwitch on hypervisors, 56% had deployed SDN technologies and SDN controllers, and 26% were using a 2 or 3-stage CLOS Leaf-Spine architecture.