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Top of Rack in Fat Tree Switch Fabric Configuration

Apr 01, 2014

Pros and cons exist for each configuration and depend largely on an individual data center's needs.

Regardless of the configuration being considered, it's always best to consider port utilization when designing the data center and ensure that either empty rack spaces or unused ports can be managed. 

There is no single cabling configuration for every data center. However, many data center environments can benefit from the manageability, cooling, scalability, lower cost and better port utilization provided by Category 6A structured cabling and 10GBase-T used in end of row, middle of row or centralized configurations.

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