Enhancing Ethernet Network Controllers for Server Virtualization

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Executive Summary

In enterprise IT environments, virtualization offers numerous advantages - enabling organizations to consolidate and share computing resources, increase control and efficiency, and operate their data centers cost-effectively. Getting the most out of a virtualized environment, however, requires more than simply deploying Virtual Machines (VMs). An effective networking infrastructure is essential. Like other hardware resources in Dell systems, Broadcom network adapters are virtualized to the VM. Virtualization platforms use a hypervisor-based architecture - also known as VM Monitor (VMM) architecture - that hides the physical characteristics of the computing platform and allows unmodified VMs to run concurrently on host platforms.

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