Data Centers

Connectivity in the Virtualized Datacenter: How to Ensure Next-Generation Services

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Executive Summary

Virtualization is changing the economics of the datacenter by making computing resources more flexible and efficient. To capitalize on these benefits, most datacenters must make fundamental changes to their Top-of-Rack or End-of-Row network architectures. A virtualization strategy is more likely to succeed if the performance of the datacenter network can be assured before services are enabled, and if the cable plant foundation for the Top of Rack or End-of-Row networks is certified to meet the needs of today and tomorrow. This white paper compares the new choices for datacenter connectivity and describes test methods that help to ensure that the network provides a solid base for deploying virtualized services.

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