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White Paper

Emulex Enables the Virtualized Data Center Key Building Blocks for Data Center Virtualization

At A glAnce

Server, storage, and fabric virtualization technologies are rapidly becoming the foundation of modern data centers as IT managers seek dramatic improvements in resource and operational efficiencies as well as responsiveness to business needs. This white paper describes how Emulex products serve as key building blocks for each of these virtualization solutions.

Products

  • Emulex LightPulse HBAs

  • LightPulse Virtual HBA Technology

  • Emulex AV150 Intelligent

Storage Processor

APPlicAtions

  • Data Center Virtualization

  • Server Virtualization

  • Fabric Virtualization

  • Storage Virtualization

executive overview Virtualization technologies are rapidly becoming the foundation of modern data centers as IT managers seek dramatic improvements in resource and operational efficiencies as well as responsiveness to business needs. Three key technologies are significant: (i) Server Virtualization, (ii) Fabric Virtualization and (iii) Storage Virtualization. This white paper describes how Emulex products serve as key building blocks for each of these virtualization solutions. And while these are generally deployed as separate initiatives, IT managers are increasingly considering the prospect of a fully virtualized data center infrastructure

  • so this white paper also offers a blueprint for an end-to-end approach

that incorporates all three solutions.

data center Virtualization Virtualization technology is rapidly becoming the foundation of modern data centers. Whereas mainframe computing has employed virtualization technology for decades, open systems computing has been marked by a rapid expansion in the number of deployed servers, often with each dedicated to a single application or business function. At the same time, IT managers have faced an explosion of online data with a corresponding proliferation of storage devices; once again, each device is often dedicated to a single application, or line of business.

The result is an infrastructure that is nearly unmanageable. Many of the servers and storage devices are underutilized; floor space, power, and cooling concerns have become real limitations to data center expansion; and the sheer number of deployed devices has become almost impossible to track. Small wonder then that a technology which promises to enable consolidation of those assets on to a smaller number

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