December 21, 2011

The Ability of the Data Center LAN to Support Virtualization

dclan-logos.JPGThere is no doubt that over the last couple of years that the topic of virtualization has received considerable attention in the trade press.  Virtualization, however, is more than a media event.  For example our research indicates that over 90% of IT organizations have implemented at least some server virtualization and that in the coming year most IT organizations will increase the percentage of their servers that are virtualized.  In addition to being more than a media event, the topic of virtualization is bigger than just server virtualization.  Today, almost every component of IT can and is being virtualized.

This month's discussion will focus on virtualization.  As in the previous discussions, we will start with a fairly high level question and then ask more granular questions over the month.  In order to make this discussion somewhat interactive, kindly feel free to send us questions or comments.

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Our research indicates that not only have the vast majority of IT organizations implemented server virtualization, but that supporting server virtualization is the primary factor that is driving IT organizations to redesign their data center LANs. The good news is that all of the major data center LAN switch vendors have techniques that IT organizations can use to support server virtualization. The bad news is that not all of the switch vendors support the same techniques.

The current data center LAN discussion is intended to help IT organizations understand the approach to supporting server virtualization that is being recommended by the major data center LAN vendors. The current data center LAN discussion is also intended to help IT organizations understand the other data center related challenges that are created by implementing forms of virtualization other than server virtualization.

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