February 27, 2013

Comparing Campus and Data Center Switches

Campus and data center switching networks differ in their requirements. An understanding of the two deployments and the specific requirements of each is imperative to choose the right switch. Each deployment type requires that switches have certain unique features. This table compares the top five requirements for campus and data center switches.

 Campus Requirements  Data Center Requirements

 User access control and segmentation 

 Cloud security and virtual machine awareness

 Video intelligence  Virtual machine mobility

 Wired and wireless convergence

 LAN and SAN convergence
 Application visibility

 Fabric scalability and resilience

 Power over Ethernet (PoE)  Data center consolidation

This document discusses these features.

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