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Simplify the Network with 10 Gigabit Ethernet Unified NetworkingExecutive SummaryIn recent years, growth in Ethernet-based storage has surpassed that of storage-specific fabrics, driven in large part by the increase in server virtualization. Unified networking over 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) in the data center offers compelling benefits for the evolving virtualized data center, including a simplified infrastructure, lower equipment and power costs, and greater flexibility. Ethernet is the foundation of Cloud Computing, as easy and simple access to the storage area network (SAN) will be critical as virtualization deployments continue to grow and new, on-demand data center models emerge.Intel and EMC are two leaders in the transition to 10GbE unified networking. This paper explores the benefits of unified networking, approaches to enabling it, and how Intel and EMC are helping to bring important, consolidation-driving technologies to enterprise data center customers.Simplify the Network with 10 Gigabit Ethernet Unified NetworkingAs IT departments look to reduce costs and improve server efficiency, they are turning increasingly to server virtualization and consolidation. The benefits of virtualization are widely understood: less server hardware to purchase, lower power and cooling needs, and centralized management. Today’s servers are based on powerful new processors, including the Intel® Xeon® processor 5600 and 7500 series, that support more virtual machines (VMs) per physical host than ever before, helping IT realize greater consolidation ratios.• The latest generation of Intel® Xeon® processors enables IT to consolidate servers at a 15:1 ratio, delivering power savings of up to 90 percent and a five-month return on investment.• New four-socket processors are delivering 20 times the performance of previous-generation processors.• Nearly 50 percent of the four-socket servers shipped today are being used for virtualization.Read the full Simplify the Network with 10 Gigabit Ethernet Unified Networking White Paper.
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