Intel’s Data Center Network Architecture: Preparing for the Future

Upgrading our network architecture to support speeds greater than 10 GbE

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To accommodate the increasing demands that data center growth places on Intel’s network, Intel IT is upgrading our data center network architecture to a combination of 10 GbE and 40 GbE connections. Existing 100 Mbps and 1 GbE connections no longer support Intel’s growing business requirements. Our new 10/40 GbE data center fabric design will help to support current growth and accommodate increasing network demand in the future—which we anticipate will eventually involve upgrading to a 100 GbE fabric.

Intel IT is engaged in a verticalization strategy that optimizes data center resources to meet specific business requirements in different computing areas. While designing the new data center fabric, we tested several 10/40 GbE connection products and chose those that offered the best performance, reliability, and total cost of ownership.

The new data center fabric design provides many benefits:

• Reduced data center complexity
• Reduced total cost of ownership in a virtualized environment
• Increased throughput
• Increased agility

Upgrading our network architecture to support speeds greater than 10 GbE is essential in optimizing our data center infrastructure to more quickly respond to business needs while enhancing the services and value IT brings to the business.