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NIC Virtualization in Flex System Fabric Solutions

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30 Sep 2014
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The deployment of server virtualization technologies in data centers requires significant efforts in providing sufficient network I/O bandwidth to satisfy the demand of virtualized applications and services. For example, every virtualized system can host several dozen applications and services. Each of these services requires certain bandwidth (or speed) to function properly.

Furthermore, because of different network traffic patterns that are relevant to different service types, these traffic flows can interfere with each other. They can lead to serious network problems, including the inability of the service to perform its functions.

The NIC virtualization in Flex System Fabric solutions addresses these issues. The solutions are based on the Flex System Enterprise Chassis with a 10 Gbps Converged Enhanced Ethernet infrastructure. This infrastructure is built on Flex System Fabric CN4093 and EN4093R 10 Gbps Ethernet switch modules, and Flex System Fabric SI4093 Switch Interconnect modules in the chassis and the Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapters in each compute node.

This book introduces NIC virtualization concepts and technologies, describes their deployment scenarios, and provides configuration examples that use Networking OS technologies that are combined with the Emulex Virtual Fabric adapters.

This book is for networking professionals who want to learn how to implement NIC virtualization solutions and switch interconnect technologies on Flex System by using the Unified Fabric Port (UFP) mode, Switch Independent mode, and  Virtual Fabric mode.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. I/O module and NIC virtualization features in the Flex System environment
Chapter 2. Flex System networking architecture and Fabric portfolio
Chapter 3. NIC virtualization considerations on the switch side
Chapter 4. NIC virtualization considerations on the server side
Chapter 5. Flex System NIC virtualization deployment scenarios

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