Cabling for a Spine and Leaf Design in a Hyperconverged Data Center

Cabling for a Spine and Leaf Design in a Hyperconverged Data Center

Josh Taylor | Director – CABLExpress Product Management


Fresh off my return from Data Center World 2018 in San Antonio TX, I'm eager to address one topic. I discussed this subject frequently at the show with both end users and providers alike - cabling up a spine and leaf design. It is new, it is different, but it is not a formidable challenge!

Step aside three-tier topology

The traditional, three-tier layout has been dominant for decades. However, a spine and leaf design removes a “hop” that allows for a myriad of benefits. It now becomes predictable, scalable and solves the east-west traffic problem.

Organizations thinking about utilizing convergence and virtualization should strongly consider a spine and leaf topology.

Make sure you do not make the mistake of leaving your cabling plant in a traditional three-tier layout; it is not compatible and will probably result in over-subscription! Instead incorporate a hardware-based spine and leaf topology and make your cabling infrastructure more efficient.

What is spine and leaf cabling? Let’s hear what data center architect, Rob Jordan, had to say at the event.

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