You can virtualize networks now? [HP]

When we look at where the networking industry currently is, one could easily use words like angst and uncertain to describe where traditional networking architectures have been left after server virtualization.

Where in the past there were 100 physical servers for 100 applications, in today’s data center the same 100 applications may reside on 6-10 physical servers, and in many cases these servers are in a blade form factor in which many can share the same chassis.

What we are seeing is that the natural flow of data and packets has gone from a north-south relationship to one that is of an east-west nature (if not encumbered by traditional network architectures). This has put massive strain on existing networks and forced clients and vendors alike to try and come up with creative ways to solve this growing problem before it threatens the service levels and availabilities that networks need to provide.

A new technology called IRF, or the Intelligent Resilient Framework is rising to solve this challenge. IRF allows users to group switches together to be managed as one large, virtualized single switch. It also eliminated [Read more…]