Virtualization 2.0: Opportunities and Challenges for Next-Generation Datacenter Networks

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Executive Summary

Server virtualization is now widely accepted as a key method to consolidate computing resources. As companies take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization, they will begin to migrate to what IDC calls Virtualization 2.0 . using virtualization technology to improve business operations and mobility. This document describes enterprise virtualization today and the anticipated uses of this technology, particularly leveraging the capabilities provided by widespread adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) as a single, converged network fabric. In addition, challenges for organizations adopting the next generation of virtualization are discussed as is how network virtualization . another form of virtualization can help meet these challenges.

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