Intel and NetApp: Unified Networking on 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Intel and NetApp provide a simple and flexible path to cost- effective performance of next-generation storage networks
Unified networking over 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) in the data center offers compelling benefits, including a simplified infrastructure, lower equipment and power costs, and the flexibility to meet the needs of the evolving, virtualized data center. In recent years, growth in Ethernet-based storage has surpassed that of storage-specific fabrics, driven in large part by the increase in server virtualization. The ubiquity of storage area network (SAN) access will be critical as virtualization deployments continue to grow and new, on-demand data center models emerge. With long histories in Ethernet networking and storage, Intel and NetApp are two leaders in the transition to 10 GbE unified networking. This paper explores the many benefits of unified networking, the approaches to enabling it, and the pivotal roles Intel and NetApp are playing in helping to bring important, consolidation-driving technologies to enterprise data center customers.
Simplifying the network with 10 GbEs
If departments look to reduce costs and improve server efficiency, they are turning increasingly to server virtualization and consolidation. The benefits of virtualization are widely understood: less server hardware to purchase, lower power and cooling needs, and centralized management. Today’s servers are based on powerful new processors, including the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 and 7500 series, that support more virtual machines (VMs) per physical host than ever before, helping If realize greater consolidation ratios.
• The latest generation of Intel® Xeon® processors enables IT to consolidate servers at a 15:1 ratio, delivering power savings of up to 90 percent and a five-month return on investment.
• New four-socket processors are delivering 20 times the performance of previous-generation processors.
• Nearly 50 percent of the four-socket servers shipped today are being used for virtualization.
Unfortunately, the success achieved by many organizations in attaining these benefits has been limited by the complications of networking virtualized servers. As VM density increases, a physical server’s networking needs also increase, adding both cost and complexity. A typical virtualized server uses eight to 10 GbE local area network (LAN) ports and two dedicated SAN ports.
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