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What is the different between leaf switches and spine switches ?

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I saw these two terms while reading 5G core network related material. Can someone please explain the difference between these two terms ? I also want to know due to position of these switches in data center there names are different or actually they are different kinds of hardware switches and different type of functions are performed by these two ?

posted Jan 5, 2017 by Rupam

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You can suppose like this in traditional switch architechture, leaf switch = access switch and spine switch = distribution switch.
That is the term in datacenter network and the protocol is vxlan.

answer May 6, 2017 by Hana Pamora
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Why Leaf Spine design architecture chosen for next generation data centers ? Why three tier design architecture is not being used for data centers ? What was the limitation of old design which restricts it to be used for data centers ?

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Well, now and days when we talk about SDN, it mean we are going to use white box switches. AFAIK switches works at the L2 level and routers work at the L3 level. Is the same concept applicable for white box switches or they can have support for routing also ?

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In switch specification it is mention like Access Switch, Compact switch, Core switch, Distributed switch .
So what are differences among them according to their use/functionality ?

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