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One application that impacts the design of Data Center Ethernet Fabrics is Big Data. Hadoop runs on a shared-nothing architecture, defined as a collection of independent, possibly virtual, machines, each with local disk and local main memory, connected together on a high-speed network. This means that storage is DAS, not SAN (even from EMC’s Greenplum solutions – as discussed towards the end of this video). Even with storage out of the mix, there are special networking architectural considerations for big data environments like Hadoop. The Wikibon and SiliconAngle teams had full coverage of Hadoop World 2011, including discussions of networking with Cisco and Arista Networks.
Over a year ago, I posed the question, “Does 10Gb Ethernet change the Competitive landscape?” Cisco has been the dominant player in networking, for over a decade no competitor ever captured even ten percent of the market. While Ethernet is continuing its march into new markets and new applications, the market landscape has definitely changed. Fresh off of VMworld, there is a buzz in the networking world around new opportunities and architectures.
The Big Trends
Optimism was abundant at Interop in Las Vegas this week. Attendance and energy was up from the more economically subdued shows of the last two years. While I only got to spin through the event for a few hours, I did get to talk to a bunch of the companies and bloggers at the show. While cloud (and the fabric networking that enable scalable architectures) may have been the big theme, but the undertone in the networking space was attacking Cisco while they are believed to be vulnerable due to some soft financial results and restructuring.