Virtualizing the Data Center
Increased resource utilization, reduced costs, and greater flexibility
Virtualization is one of the most important data center technologies to evolve in several years. Its benefits are easily realized in its deployment on servers, storage, and I/O interconnects. Overall,
data center management is simplified, from servicing new requests for server resources to server provisioning tasks, as a result of fewer physical servers. Virtualization accelerates application deployment
and can dynamically scale compute resources to meet increasing application requirements. Virtualization lowers operating expenses (OPEX) as it reduces the hardware footprint of servers and other related
hardware, which drives down requirements for power, space, and cooling. Virtualization also enables high availability and disaster recovery solutions through the relative hardware independence of virtual
machines. Virtualization increases resource utilization, lowers costs, increases flexibility, and provides the ability for IT to respond to an elastic demand for resources as IT transitions to a highly
effective, service-oriented operation.
Virtualization – Decoupling Software from Hardware
Specific solution for complicated server virtualization issues
QLogic virtualization solutions specifically address one of the more complicated issues of server virtualization—the decoupling of the physical mapping between hardware and software. This decoupling
has great benefits, as it allows much higher utilization of available resources, increases flexibility, and enables mobility, meaning that each virtual machine can dynamically move from one physical server
to another either within a data center or across data centers. It also results in significantly more complex configuration requirements, including enabling per application-based access control, bandwidth
provisioning, VLAN mapping, and other typical network policy management tasks.
Enabling Per-VM Visibility
To address this, QLogic has introduced its FlexSuite Adapter and Flex Port-based switching products featuring new, virtualization-aware capabilities that provide network and storage administrators the per-VM
visibility needed to address the network complexity issues created by server virtualization. Integrating QLogic products into your hypervisor-based server deployment will empower your organization to take
full advantage of the vision and benefits of a virtualized data center.
Extending Virtualization End-to-End
Highly available, adaptive compute environments
The most successful deployments of virtualization seamlessly integrate server virtualization with networking and storage components (whether physical or virtual), extending virtualization from end-to-end.
Realizing the full benefits of these improved IT capabilities is based on the creation of a highly available, adaptive compute environment with the capability of scaling to support the elastic demands
placed on IT resources. The successful implementation of virtualization can be considered an important step in an organization's journey toward cloud computing.