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HP Virtual Connect technology is an interconnect option for HP BladeSystem designed to simplify the connection of blade servers to datacenter networks. Virtual Connect creates pools of LAN and SAN addresses that can be assigned dynamically to server bays. HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 builds on the core HP Virtual Connect technology by extending I/O virtualization to the Network Interface Card (NIC) ports on each blade server. Networking hardware costs and support burdens are reduced as only a single HP Virtual Connect interconnect module is required to support up to four "FlexNICs" compared with the four switches that would have been required with previous-generation blade I/O technology. Additionally, Flex-10 has the capability to throttle the bandwidth to ensure a more efficient use of networking resources.
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