This paper focuses on the architectural requirements for data center networks that support virtualization and cloud computing. The intended audience is architects and designers planning large-scale data center virtualization and a phased rollout of private cloud computing.
Such a plan starts with products and features that are production ready today but also have the potential for additional capabilities as the data center evolves.
The content is organized as follows:
An introduction to the concepts and design considerations associated with data center virtualization and cloud computing
High-level architecture models for deploying data center virtualization and private cloud computing
A discussion of network convergence in the data center, including the impact of convergence on the total cost of data center infrastructure
Recommended questions to ask and steps to take as you work toward your future data center
A review of important technologies used for deploying server virtualization and private cloud computing in the data center