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  • Network consolidation best practices

    Any virtualization layer or hypervisor introduces a new set of demands to a server or blade environment. Although a hypervisor doesn’t require network access strictly for its virtual machine, other interconnects do. This not only means that you’ll need a server with multi-port network interface cards (NICs), but can also pigeon-hole you into buying one specific server type. Network consolidation—reducing underutilized 1 GB NICs to two 10 GB or 20 GB cards—answers this dilemma and can offer huge gains in terms of operational flexibility. Get the latest best practices in this handbook.

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  • SDN technologies and network virtualization: What you must know now

    SDN and network virtualization are new, unproven and still largely misunderstood technologies. This Technical Guide covers the basics of both, where they intersect and then reports on new developments. It outlines differences in SDN architecture and design, how network virtualization can be used in existing networks, and then delves into the concept of hybrid networks that contain both legacy equipment and SDN. This guide can't make buying decisions, but it can help you understand the fundamentals of new technologies and the considerations necessary for an initial investment.

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