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Existing Design

For obvious reasons, I won’t reveal the identity of this Eastern Seaboard company; for the purposes of this chapter, we’ll call it ACME Drug.

The client runs a drug research facility at a location that is remote from the main data centers. Prior to this engagement, the client’s research servers and storage facilities were tied to the main data center via leased-line fiber facilities, for which the company paid by the mile, by the month, through the teeth. When the client’s CTO decided to review the technical options for interconnectivity, he found that interconnecting with Ethernet between the research facility and the data center, rather than the existing dark fiber, would save the company substantial operating expenses. That research led the CTO to call in the warriors to determine what would have to be done to switch between these two t....


  

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