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DevOps for Networking by Steven Armstrong

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The difference between Spanning Tree and Leaf-Spine networking

When considering the private cloud, traditionally, company's private datacenters have implemented 3-tier layer 2 networks based on the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), which doesn't lend itself well to modern software-defined networks. So, we will look at what a STP is in more depth as well as modern Leaf-Spine network architectures.

Spanning Tree Protocol

The implementation of STP provides a number of options for network architects in terms of implementation, but it also adds a layer of complexity to the network. Implementation of the STP gives network architects the certainty that it will prevent layer 2 loops from occurring in the network.

A typical representation of a 3-tier layer 2 ...

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