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August 2011

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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Michelle Laverick - Contributor

Michelle Laverick is a former VMware Certified Instructor with ...Read More

Table Of Contents

  • What's involved in network consolidation?
  • Understanding converged networking and virtual I/O
  • Managing network consolidation and other challenges
  • Getting comfortable with I/O virtualization

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