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IDC Whitepaper: Leveraging the Network for Your Virtualisation and Cloud Initiatives

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Executive Summary

Virtualisation is one of the most important trends reshaping the enterprise datacenter today. Driven by the desire to reduce server sprawl and consolidate enterprise applications on fewer physical servers, virtualisation is helping companies improve the utilisation rates of their IT server and storage resources, reduce operating costs in power and cooling, and extend the life of their datacenters. IDC observes that many organisations now consider cloud computing to be the "normal way" they conduct business; however, as with virtualisation, cloud computing introduces new challenges to the datacenter network. This whitepaper explores challenges and opportunities of implementing next- generation DCN technology, and makes recommendations in evolving DCN to meet your current and future business demands.

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