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Managing Editor/Labs, Network Computing
Mike is Managing Editor, Labs, for InformationWeek. He previously was a Senior Technology Editor with Network Computing and Executive Editor for Secure Enterprise. He has spoken at several conferences including NetWorld+Interop, MISTI, the Internet Security Conference, as well as to local groups. He also teaches a network security graduate course at Syracuse University. Prior to Network Computing, Mike was an independent consultant.
Trends such as the adoption of virtualization are fundamentally changing how IT organizations need to architect their data center LAN. For example, the introduction of server virtualization and blade servers means that the traditional three tier data center LAN is expanding to where it now has as many as five layers. These extra layers can introduce unacceptable cost, complexity and delay. While all of the LAN switching vendors are aware of the problem, they have different approaches to solving it. In this session, Mike Fratto, Editor, Network Computing and Jim Metzler of Ashton, Metzler & Associates will identify the emerging approaches to architecting a data center LAN and will discuss the pros and cons of each.
Having analyzed the emerging approaches to architecting a data center LAN it is now time to drill down into which technologies you should incorporate into your new data center LAN. In this PowerPoint free session, Mike Fratto and Jim Metzler will question LAN switching vendors about a number of topics including the pros and cons of FCoE vs. iSCSI; the viability of separating the LAN switch’s control and the data planes; the pros and cons of virtual switching and multi-chassis LAGs; the need for services such as QoS or security; as well as the alignment of each application VM with its own virtual NIC and virtual switch port.