Legacy vs. Self-Sufficient Servers

In the past, server admins looked at servers as a “box” that contained CPU, memory, storage, and network connectivity. Troubleshooting was tough and startup times were slow. These aging servers weren’t necessarily part of a cohesive data center system, nor were their electricity numbers consumption efficient. New self-sufficient servers are so much more than these older servers. There are tremendous benefits of new server technologies over traditional server design.

Problems With Legacy Servers

Unfortunately, most data centers today are a patchwork of components that you have to manually configure. Your SAN, network, and servers may come from different vendors and each have their own management software. You and your admins struggle to maintain a multitude of complex pieces. Among them: [Read more…]

It’s time for a little housekeeping on the data center floor.

What’s Unified Fabric Networking technologies?

 As the number of data, applications and servers in data centers have increased, so have corresponding storage and networks. Couple this with an increasing appetite for Virtualization and networking seems to have been a bit forgotten.  As organizations look to condense platforms and applications the demand on networking and storage connectivity continues to increase.  Most organizations have separate fabrics, and redundant networking switches, for their IP data and SAN connectivity.  This adds additional complexity and equipment in the environment that has to be managed, monitored and controlled.

 The place has gotten crowded to put it mildly and it’s reduced the flexibility of organizations to adapt to changing business needs – like getting onboard the cloud.

 One answer to this housekeeping challenge has been a new standard called Data Center Bridging (DCBx), which collapses IP and Storage networks (regardless or protocol) down to a single common network infrastructure and unifies all these disparate networking fabrics – eliminating a lot of switches, cables and more.

 This converged infrastructure – or Unified Fabric Networking as it’s often called – is really about unifying the fabrics of connectivity on the data center floor so that as much as possible works through one single wire. Now you’re able to provision any connectivity you want across that wire. No longer do you have to bring down a machine and recable or bring in more switches. It can all be done elastically and dynamically. [Read more…]