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Cisco Networks: Engineers’ Handbook of Routing, Switching, and Security with IOS, NX-OS, and ASA by Noel Rivera, Richard Bedwell, William Wilson, Chris Carthern

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CHAPTER 11

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Data Plane

Over the next two chapters, we will discuss the chicken and the egg. This phrase is used because of the relationship between the data plane and the control plane. As network engineers, most of our work is with configuring the control plane and monitoring the data plane.

This chapter focuses on a discussion of the data plane. However, since the data plane and the control plane are intertwined, this chapter also touches on the control plane.

The simple definition of a data plane protocol is any protocol or component that is responsible for the actual forwarding of traffic through the network device. The data plane is also ...

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