N-Port Virtualization in the Data Center
Source: Cisco Systems
As customers change their data center architectures to further consolidate data center resources, network-based technology must continue to change to help design and manage the number of devices in the fabric. N-Port virtualization is a feature that has a growing importance in the data center. The three deployment scenarios discussed in this paper - blade server deployments, top-of-rack fabric designs, and VMware - all take advantage of NPIV and NPV in different ways. As discussed here, Cisco continues to develop enhancements to NPIV to help customers design, deploy, and manage these fabrics as they grow and evolve.