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The success of virtualization, while substantial, has been limited by the complexity that has arisen from networking with Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology. Networking virtualized hosts with GbE is typically based on relatively large numbers of dedicated physical connections, which are used to segregate different types of traffic because of networking infrastructure and bandwidth limitations from 1 Gbps connectivity. Organizations pay for this complexity in increased management and equipment costs, as well as increased power usage. As 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) technology enters the mainstream, IT organizations are considering how they can use it to help simplify their virtualized environments. Consolidating multiple GbE traffic flows onto a reduced number of 10GbE connections helps reduce complexity and cost.
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