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This whitepaper features Juniper’s assessment of TRILL and its relevance to cloud computing. Included is background information on the development of TRILL and the challenges its protocol was designed to resolve. Juniper assesses TRILL by outlining the seven criteria the modern data center needs and comparing TRILL against these needs. Juniper identifies the fundamental issues with TRILL, while also stating that TRILL is a step in the right direction and opening the door for a future evaluation once it has broadened to face the challenges in cloud data centers.