Category Archives: Enterprise Network

Stackable 10Gbase-T Switch or Standalone 10Gbase-T Switch, Which One Is Better?

When searching for a 10Gbase-T switch, you may find some switches are labeled as stackable managed switch. What does stackable switch mean? What’s the difference between standalone 10Gbase-T switch and stackable 10Gbase-T switch? What kind of switch should choose? Don’t … Continue reading

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VXLAN vs VLAN: Which Is the Best Fit for Cloud Data Center?

Traditional VLAN links have been proven insufficient to cope with rigid requirements of cloud providers – as they are reaping significant benefits by stretching Layer 2 over Layer 3 network to build large multitenant data centers. VXLAN (Virtual Extensible Local … Continue reading

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Cisco FEX: Extending the Boundaries of Data Center Fabric

Cisco FEX, or Fabric Extender technology makes the central part of Cisco’s data center strategy. With its Nexus 2000 FEXes as the representative, Cisco FEX functions to extend the switching fabric of the core and aggregated switches – Nexus 5000/7000 … Continue reading

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Besides the Chip, What Else Composes an Ethernet Switch?

“The chip is the heart of a switch.” This is already known to us. But a chip cannot work alone to allow the operation of a switch. Other familiar parts include the noisy fans that often reminds us the switches … Continue reading

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How to Understand Link Budget and Link Loss in Fiber Optic Network?

If you’re a network engineer once involved in a cable plant installation project, you must have heard the term Link Budget. People in this area know how important it is to a fiber optic network cabling. During the design stage … Continue reading

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