US 9,813,302 B2
Data center networks
Michael Curtis, San Francisco, CA (US); Christopher Liljenstolpe, San Francisco, CA (US); Alex Pollitt, San Francisco, CA (US); Matthew Gerard Horatio Dupre, Enfield (GB); and Edward Peter Harrison, Enfield (GB)
Assigned to Tigera, Inc., San Francisco, CA (US)
Filed by Tigera, Inc., San Francisco, CA (US)
Filed on Aug. 28, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/838,928.
Prior Publication US 2017/0063631 A1, Mar. 2, 2017
Int. Cl. H04L 12/28 (2006.01); H04L 12/24 (2006.01)
CPC H04L 41/12 (2013.01) [H04L 41/0803 (2013.01)] 18 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A system for use in operating a data center network, the data center network comprising an interconnect fabric comprising a plurality of spine switches, a plurality of top-of-rack switches, and a plurality of compute servers, the system comprising:
at least one memory including computer program code; and
at least one processor in data communication with the at least one memory, wherein the at least one processor is configured to implement a plurality of independent spine switch planes, wherein each spine switch plane in the plurality of independent spine switch planes comprises a different spine switch in the plurality of spine switches, wherein to implement the plurality of independent spine switch planes includes:
configuring Layer 2 networking within each independent spine switch plane in the plurality of independent spine switch planes; and
segmenting a top-of-rack switch of the plurality of top-of-rack switches into a plurality of logical switches, wherein a number of the plurality of logical switches is equal to a number of the plurality of spine switches, wherein a logical switch of the plurality of logical switches is directly connected to a corresponding spine switch of the plurality of spine switches.