About Lisa Huff

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Lisa Huff is Principal Analyst at Discerning Analytics with nearly 30 years’ experience in the data center and electronics industries. She is also Chief Technology Analyst for DataCenterStocks.com and Telecom Director for Bishop & Associates, Inc. Her expertise is in data centers, data communications cabling and connectivity, networking equipment and optical components. Lisa has produced over 30 industry publications.

The need to change the data center network from a hierarchal one to a leaf-spine or more meshed one has arisen from the ever-increasing need for compute and storage access and the use of server virtualization. Now that many applications can run on one server, if that server gets overloaded, virtual machines (applications) need to move to another server quickly—four hops through the network is not quick, so network architecture is changing to accommodate the mobility of VMs. So now what used to be just a client-server standard three-tier network is starting to look like a HPC cluster.
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