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Evolution of virtualization and multiprotocol environments – an analyst Perspective

Recently I met the CIO of a large pharmaceutical company and had the opportunity to discuss virtualization and evolution of network protocols as related to his data center environments.   Like most enterprise customers, this CIO is also looking for ways to improve efficiency and maximize asset utilization while gaining operational efficiency.

The evolution of virtualization now encompassing servers, storage and networks along with the need to support  multiple protocols (FC, iSCSI, FCoE, 10G/100G) introduced new challenges in his DC environments, most notably, how to tie the new virtual environment into his legacy environment and how to manage end- to- end to get operational efficiency.  His company is looking for ways to reduce ‘time to service’ for application deployment while keeping cost at a minimum.

The real question he has is: “how do I support a multiprotocol virtualized environment to improve efficiency, maximize utilization and increase operational cost?” 

According to Rick Vilars, VP of Storage Strategy at IDC, “what enterprise is looking for is simpler networks to do more complex things with all their IT assets”. Your competitiveness in the market place depends on how well your DC scales and grows in this new world, and the first step to surmount these complex problems is to build a common hardware foundation with common OS across entire DC, i.e, LAN to SAN to WAN to DC Interconnect, all on a common platform.    

Watch this video to hear IDC’s perspective of multiprotocol SAN evolution and how it can solve the problems faced by our pharmaceutical CIO and other customers in his situation.

Tony Antony
Sr Marketing Manager

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