How to Build a Zero Downtime Data Center Network

The modern data center has evolved far beyond the standard one-to-one server environment. Today, we are seeing virtualization, cloud computing and many more users accessing data center resources. This new trend, coupled with IT consumerization, forces many IT administrators to find ways to more efficiently manage such a diverse platform.

As more users and workloads begin to access a data center, engineers are beginning to deploy more agile environments capable of growth and agility. These high-density platforms are designed to support large amount of users, numerous different workloads and create a more robust data center. This is where a new challenge arises. Although these platforms are designed to handle more users and higher amount of virtualization – what happens when these systems become the primary access point for most (if not all) users?

This is where Juniper’s Virtual Chassis Technology can really help. In the How to Build a Zero Downtime Data Center Network with Virtual Chassis Technology webinar, Jim Witherell of Hillenbrand Inc and Harsh Singh of Juniper Networks discuss how this type of agile chassis can create a data center network capable of zero downtime. In the discussion, the webinar covers numerous different topics including:

• Creation of VLANs between different Virtual Chassis
• Non-stop service upgrade features
• Utilizing JunOS as a method to sync data
• Using standard-based protocols to create a more resilient Virtual Chassis
• Integration with other components within a data center

Advanced switching methodologies and increased chassis performance has created an environment capable of handling certain types of outages – thus preventing downtime. Engineers are continuously looking for ways to make their data centers more resilient to outages. In the How to Build a Zero Downtime Data Center Network with Virtual Chassis Technology webinar, we’re able to see how Juniper not only approaches this challenge – but helps put it to ease. Click here to watch this webinar now.

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About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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