Thursday, July 16, 2009

DCOF – Data Center of the Future

yesterday we had a virtual event provided by some of the leaders in Data Center Computing (Cisco, VMware, EMC, Oracle, NetApp, APC, EMERSON) the web virtual Event entail some of the challenges and current design's as well as future design and solutions we may encounter in Data Centers.

From my prospective the main event where the 2 first presenters Cisco and VMware, both have joind forces to show you how the Data Center of the Future should look like, VMware as the Application infrastructure and Cisco as the Networking complimentary.

We will expect to see them more and more in Data Centers providing High Availability Fault tolerance and network resilience between Data Centers.

Some of the hot discussed topics where the:

  1. VN-link – amazing Cisco Nexus 1000V basically that is a replacement for vSwitch (VMware layer 2 switch on ESX/ESXi) and I will add to it an amazing with huge amount of capabilities in compare to the vSwitch under the ESX/ESXi.
  2. FCOE – Fiber Channel Over Ethernet std although not new, in the context of Data Center resiliency, management, scalability and cost reduction FCOE can is defiantly an option.
  3. vSphere – VMware Cloud solution version 4, was announced several weeks ago officially by VMware, yesterday was interesting to see the vision for the data center and there honesty about some of their weakness in the networking area (where Cisco compliment them to some level).

I work today a lot with VMware solutions and see their adaptation as their products advanced, the DCOF will be very interesting…

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