May 9, 2012

Best Approaches to Scaling Virtual Machine (VM) Networking Beyond the Data Center - Summary

This is a summary of a recent online discussion about the network challenges that are associated with VMs. It involved Avaya, Brocade, Cisco, Extreme and HP.

The panelists were asked to identify the primary challenges that limit the ability of an IT organization to move VMs between data centers.

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Part of the promise of server virtualization is reduced CAPEX and OPEX. That promise has generally has proven out to be true. Another part of the promise of server virtualization is the abiliy to move virtual machines (VMs) between servers both within a data center and between data centers. While there are some significant challenges moving VMs between physical servers in the same data center, as pointed out in this month's data center LAN discussion, there are even more networking challenges associated with moving VMs between servers in disparate data centers.

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