The Role of 10 Gigabit Ethernet in Virtualized Environments
By Cisco Systems
Virtualization is rapidly becoming an essential tool for more fully harnessing and managing the power of today’s data center servers. In only a few years, standard x86 server technology has increased in performance and density so that today, multisocket, quad-core systems with 32 or more gigabytes of memory, are the norm. The combination of multicore computing and virtualization software such as VMware Virtual Infrastructure has enabled IT departments to bring server sprawl under control by running multiple independent workloads on a smaller number of servers. Today, fewer servers are required to do the same work, and their utilization levels have increased — both factors that contribute to greater energy efficiency and lower power and cooling costs.
As IT departments have discovered the benefits of server consolidation, they have also found that virtualization solves an even broader set of problems. Business continuity plans based on virtualization can make disaster-recovery solutions simple, reliable, and more cost effective. Virtual desktop environments can use centralized servers and thin clients to support large numbers of users with standard PC configurations that help to lower both capital and operating costs. Virtualization allows development, test, and production environments to coexist on the same servers, and it helps decouple application deployment from server purchasing decisions. New applications can be deployed in virtual environments and scaled on demand to accommodate the evolving needs of