Cisco Data Center Infrastructure Design Guide 2.1 Release Notes. This Release Note highlights the changes in Versions 1, 2 and 2.1 of this guide, and describes the
hardware and software components that have been validated for each version.
What is Included in this DG Release?
This design guide (DG) provides guidelines for designing and building the data center switching
Table 1 lists the technologies used in the data center infrastructure design documented in version 2 of
this design guide. This table provides a quick glance of the topics and lists the timeframe (current or
future) of documentation availability for each technology.
The data center is home to the computational power, storage, and applications necessary to support an enterprise business. The data center infrastructure is central to the IT architecture, from which all content is sourced or passes through. Proper planning of the data center infrastructure design is critical, and
performance, resiliency, and scalability need to be carefully considered.
This publication provides solution guidelines for enterprises implementing Data Centers with Cisco
devices. The intended audiences for this design guide include network architects, network managers, and
others concerned with the implementation of secure Data Center solutions, including:
• Cisco sales and support engineers
• Cisco partners
• Cisco customers
This Solution Reference Network Design (SRND) provides a description of the design issues related to
optimizing server and application environments. Server farms are built to provide a highly available,
scalable infrastructure that on which applications ru . As enterprises grow, so do their application needs
which implies that more and more expenditures are allotted for additional application-specific softwar
and server requirements. This increase in bottom line expenses heightens the sensitivity to overall retur