Brocade Communications Middle East network consultant
As a first step, organisations in
Now the de facto industry standard, virtualisation brings the uncontrolled growth of hardware in the data centre to a halt.
By virtualising servers and applications, and adapting their network topologies accordingly, companies can improve performance in the data centres without bearing cost overheads.
Mobile and cloud services have increased reliability and scalability requirements of the data centre and virtualisation addresses these issues too.
But to effectively build, expand and monitor virtualised networks, operators must closely examine the physical, virtual and control layers of their infrastructures,
With consumers increasingly subscribing to on-demand services, data centre requirements have evolved.
The data centre of the future, that is capable of supporting the Internet of Things without huge management or cost implications, will require the optimal combination of physical and virtual elements.
The virtual layer will continue to grow in importance as increasing demands are placed on the three core functions in the data centre - compute, storage and network.
This brings the 'data centre in a box' concept within reach - an appliance that can be customised with any type of functionality or combination thereof.
An organisation that successfully fills this with applications, storage and a virtual router will create easy virtual local area networks and thus support secure and reliable multi-tenancy in its data centre.
It is clear that networks of the future will require significant investments in the physical, virtual and control planes of the network of today. The Internet of Things is not an "if" but rather a "when" proposition. Its development and success will depend on the commitment and foresight of network operators, he said.
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