conclusion This white paper has described three important data center technologies: server, fabric and storage virtualization. It has also described a blueprint for how all three technologies can be utilized together to realize maximum benefits - flexibility, operational and resource efficiencies - in a fully virtualized data center. Emulex products - LightPulse HBAs and Intelligent Storage Processors - act as core building blocks for each of these three virtualization technologies. With the Fully Virtualized Data Center blueprint above in mind, only Emulex is working closely with its partners to ensure these products work seamlessly together in a robust, interoperable and integrated fashion.
While possible, it’s unlikely that an IT manager will deploy all three of these virtualization technologies in one fell swoop. Instead, IT managers should carefully analyze and determine their own phased deployment approach – and ensure that each step is compatible with the next. IT managers should ensure that future purchases of HBAs and intelligent switches/appliances meet the requirements for building towards the Fully Virtualized Data Center. Working from the above blueprint, Emulex current and future products will clearly support this phased implementation approach.