Scalable Data Center Network Fabrics

Sponsor: Cisco
Featured Analyst Firm: Gartner
Speakers: Joe Skorupa, John McCool
Type: Video (15 minutes)


Data Center Networks – The Current Environment
The growth of server virtualization and data center consolidation has changed the game for data center networks. More than ever, data center networks need to connect large pools of IT resources that can quickly and easily be accessed in what is often referred to as a cloud IT model. And, as data center networks evolve to provide these seamless connections between IT resource pools, they are increasingly being called data center “fabrics” by networking vendors.

Webcast Summary
Join leading experts from featured analyst firm, Gartner, Inc., and opinion leaders from Cisco Systems, Inc., as they look at the opportunities created by these emerging fabrics, new innovations and multi-path Ethernet, as well as the realities of building scalable data center network fabrics.

Webcast Benefits
Check out this program and:

  • Learn about the key requirements for scalable data center networks.
  • Find out about the impact of server virtualization on data center networks.
  • Learn about the major innovations in layer 2 networks.
  • Discover the benefits of multi-path Ethernet.

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Your data center represents an enormous investment in IT equipment and a mission critical enterprise resource. Check out this program now and learn how to bring the latest data center network innovations to your organization.

BONUS: Ask A Question Webcast Feature
Plus, as a bonus, if you have specific questions regarding scalable data center network fabrics, or any other topic covered in this program, simply click on the "Ask a Question" section of this Webcast and one of our experts will get back to you with the answers and information you're looking for.


About John McCool Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Center, Switching and Services Group, Cisco
John McCool is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Data Center, Switching and Services Group, which accounts for approximately $15 billion in Cisco product revenues. McCool is responsible for managing the strategy, engineering, and marketing direction of Cisco’s comprehensive family of enterprise Ethernet switching solutions, including the Cisco Catalyst series for the campus and the Cisco Nexus and MDS switching series for the data center and cloud computing. He is also responsible for the transceiver product line and Cisco’s expansion into application networking and virtualization. Among his other leadership roles in Cisco, McCool is a cochair of the Data Center/Virtualization Board and the Cisco EcoBoard. He also serves as a member of the Quality Experience Board and the Cloud/Xaas Board. Prior to his current role at Cisco, McCool was in several leadership positions in which he grew the Cisco Catalyst 4500 and 6500 series businesses to multibillion-dollar entities. McCool came to Cisco through the acquisition of Granite Systems in 1996. Before joining Cisco, McCool led network product development teams at SynOptics, NeXT Computer, and Advanced Micro Devices. He has been active in creating industry standards, playing a key role in the development of dual speed 10/100BASE-T technology as part of the IEEE802.3u standard and making significant contributions to the ANSI X3T9.5 FDDI standard. He holds several patents related to network technologies. McCool holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a master’s degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University.

About Joe Skorupa, Research VP, Gartner
Joe Skorupa is a research vice president in Gartner Research, where he is part of the Data Center Transformation and Security Research unit. His research focuses on maximizing application performance via advanced networking technologies, including Layer 4-7 switching, and WAN optimization. He also covers data center network convergence, fabric-based infrastructure and delivery of rich media, including video within the enterprise. In addition, Mr. Skorupa advises vendors on product, market and partnership strategies. Through extensive collaboration, Mr. Skorupa's research extends to intersections between networking and adjacent research areas, including storage, servers and data center optimization. The research covers topics including Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), I/O virtualization, and emerging data center architectures, such as cloud computing and fabric-based computers. Mr. Skorupa has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise, service provider and storage networking. He has held a variety of engineering, marketing and analyst roles at companies such as FORE Systems, Bytex, Motorola and RHK.