This guide covers deployment of leaf-spine networks in the data center with Dell EMC Networking OS10 multilayer switches at the leaf and spine layers.

Due to increasing east-west traffic within the data center (server-server, server-storage, etc.), an alternative to the traditional access-aggregation-core network model is becoming more widely used. This architecture is known as a leaf-spine network and is designed to minimize the number of hops between hosts.

This deployment guide provides step-by-step configuration examples of both topologies. The objective is to enable a network administrator or engineer with traditional networking experience to deploy a layer 3 leaf-spine architecture using the examples provided.