Optimizing the Data Center With Server Application Optimization

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Executive Summary

As storage and network administrators continue to deploy more IO intensive tier-1 applications, powerful servers to support these applications, and virtualized environments to consolidate resources, the ability to deliver true end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) becomes increasingly important within an enterprise-class data center to meet the committed Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The purpose of this document is to explain the technical and business benefits of deploying QoS across a Fibre Channel (FC) network infrastructure for both non-virtualized and virtualized environments. HP B-series FC Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) combined with a new FOS license called Server Application Optimization (SAO) extends hardware enforced QoS capabilities from the fabric to the server infrastructure, optimizing application performance.

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