Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American based multinational company. It designs consumer electronics, networking and communication technology and services. It is one of the major ‘Voice over IP’ (VoIP) provider to enterprises.

It has already ventured into homes through Linksys and Scientific Atlanta, thereby, providing VoIP equipment to cable biggies such as Time Warner, Rogers Communication, Cablevision, etc. Even Yahoo and Skype integrate consumer VoIP services through cordless and wireless phones via Cisco’s Linksys.

What is On Offer?

Cisco latest proposal of Fabric Path based on TRILL to enable easier migration between servers is that one deal that could take the telecom world to the next level. The new Fabric Path protocol will be paired up with its Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) thereby, ensuring inter-domain migration across virtual servers. This will in turn, enhance scalability while lowering the latency currently faced by data centers.

Fabric Path is made available as a module for NX-OS in the range of $25,000/switch chassis. The price might be considered debatable right now as the T-Systems and HPC shops which are Cisco’s reference clients, might become an out of reach case for most enterprises.

Fabric Path – Overview

This Fabric Path protocol is based on ‘Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links’ or the TRILL standard. This protocol is a successor of the previous network protocol that followed a spanned tree data structure, which in turn, followed the conventional method of routing online traffic between distinct Layer 2 domains. This process overall helps in blocking links to undesired paths and avoids creating network loops, thus helping in speeding up the network.

Fabric Path can support up to 16 active paths simultaneously. According to Cisco, it can now scale up to 2,048 servers connected through 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) points. Another important feature is the presence of ‘Overlay Transport Virtualization’. OTV applies a tunneling procedure to make itelf visible to networks operating for separate data bases.

What Are The Techies Saying?

Tech experts are counting on the product as a boon to very large enterprises with state of the art infrastructure with virtualization. But it’s the medium and smaller industries that will have to bite the dust, owing first of all, to the price factor, and secondly, its upgradation and installation costs. In a rush to capture the territory, Cisco might be completely overlooking its bond with these industries. As a consequence it is bound to witness much less success than it is expecting.

While some tech critics call the plan ‘too ambitious’ and pricey for most shops, its association with Unified Computing System (UCS) makes the whole setup come at an affordable rate. Added with the potential for vendor lock-in, Fabric Path is becoming a favorite among data center managers.

Need Of The Hour

Cisco is undoubtedly one of the leaders in the communication market.The product seems reliable in terms of a perfectly suited technical development providing lager and broader base for networking.

Even so, driving itself too hard on the edges can prove to be a bit detrimental. Following the guidelines of marketing in a manner so as to, not ward itself away from the future potentials is always a considerable option. It should understand the need of the hour rather than the desire of the moment.