Network structure & hardware

Network structure

AV5 offers our customers the following networking structure:

End of Row

  • One switch is installed in middle of row
  • All servers in row are connected to switch

Advantages of End of Row

  • This solution is cost effective, easier to manage, provides one hop between servers
  • All upgrades effect entire row

Top of Rack

  • Each rack has a switch with 24 – 48 ports utilizing 2 or more uplinks to the core network
  • Cables stay in rack (no long cables required)
  • Can split roles

Advantages of Top of Rack

  • Choose between cheaper and more expensive switches as needed
  • Highly flexible
  • High Performance
  • Very Reliable

Fabric Network

  • Each rack utilizes fabric switch (all switches are connected to main switch). All switches act as single device.
  • Supported by all major network vendors

Advantages of Fabric Network

  • Fewer Switches
  • More cost-effective than Top of the Rack design
  • Cables stay in rack
  • Flexible Rack architecture
  • Easy upgrade in future

Network Hardware

AV5 provides our customers with the best cost to performance ratio for all configurations. For example routers always face the Internet and access switches handle servers’ connectivity. Our network design consists of:

Core Routers

  • C.R.’s deliver your content to the Internet
  • C.R.’s sit in front of the entire network, they are aware of the entire global network and they deliver packets of data to your providers.
Access switches

Core and Aggregation Switches

  • Contain high number of ports with lower price point
  • Each port collects traffic
  • Depending on network size, core and aggregation switches can be combined or split

Access Switches

  • Access switches are utilized in large installs to drive cost of installation and maintenance down
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