Virtualizing Service Provider Networks: Leveraging Vyatta Open Routing and Security Software to Lower Costs and Combat Sprawl

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Executive Summary

To stay profitable, service provider networks struggle constantly to achieve the right blend of Decreased CAPEX, Decreased OPEX, Decreased power consumption, Decreased space footprint, Increased profitability. Virtualization has emerged as a way to balance these needs in network service provider and hosting service provider environments. Traditionally a server technology, virtualization allows multiple distinct operating systems and their applications to run in virtual machines, sharing the same server hardware. Virtualization can also be applied to networking using Vyatta's advanced routing and security software, which runs with standard virtualization systems such as VMware and Xen.

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