Stick to Tiers or Flatten the Network?
The dominate three-tier network is being threatened as enterprises move toward virtualized infrastructures.
The question facing enterprise IT today is whether to stick with three tiers or to flatten the network in order to improve performance. According to this Computer World article, this has become an issue because the three-tier network that has dominated the data center is being threatened as enterprises move toward a virtualized, service-oriented, scaled-out, converged infrastructure.
"From the IT side, the allure of the flat network is being able to deploy products purpose-built for automation, convergence and virtualization. The promise is a much simplified, fabric-based architecture from which enterprises will enjoy dramatic performance improvements as well as streamlined operational chores, and expenses.
"'The data center network hasn't been this exciting in probably 10 years,' Kindness says. And enterprise network planners are sitting up and taking notice."