Technology Considerations for the Next-Generation Data Center

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Executive Summary

If your company is like most, infrastructure sprawl is rampant. Virtualization has helped break the one-application-one-server paradigm, but the I/O requirements of virtual servers have led to a proliferation of network cards and storage connections. Managing the bandwidth allocation for each virtual machine and the Fibre Channel or iSCSI connection to the storage network is an increasingly painful headache for IT administrators. Cables are strewn everywhere. The number of virtual machines capable of being hosted on individual servers is lower than originally expected because of these bottlenecks.

The result is a chaotic deployment that remains inefficient and expensive to run, both in terms of IT management overhead and energy costs. Whereas HP's new four-socket servers running on the latest AMD 6100-series processors can host four times as many virtual machines (VMs) as older systems, and deliver up to 27x greater performance per watt than older systems. Produced by Ziff Davis Enterprise.

Co-Sponsored by: AMD

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