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What does a typical data center look like today?
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. Sponsored by HP and AMD Opteron 6100 series processors.
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