Data center administrators face a major networking challenge from the combination of high bandwidth requirements, increasing network sprawl and the need for a more adaptive networking infrastructure. Most data centers today have:
- Multiple network fabrics, each dedicated to a specific type of traffic
- High numbers of adapters and switch port deployments
- Complex cabling infrastructure
- Complex management of switch and adapter firmware and associated service contracts
Data centers are implementing a new consolidated network technology for data and storage, called “converged networking.” Converged networking combines existing Local Area Networks (LANs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs) into a single, high-performance 10Gb/s Ethernet (10GbE) framework that intelligently connects every server, network and storage device within the data center, thereby enabling unified I/O.
Converged networking results in an overlap of network and storage administrators’ responsibilities. This guide explains networking and storage basics to help each administrator better understand the changes resulting from converged networking and how it will impact their role in the data center.
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