Current I/O infrastructures rely on multiple costly fabrics, server adapter, and leaf switches to provide data and storage networks. Server consolidation and virtualization exacerbates these costs by driving more I/O through each server. New products such as NextIO’s vNET can significantly reduce these costs, while providing increased capabilities and throughput.
Today’s IT professionals are confronted with a variety of challenges regarding server I/O and networking. Server virtualization, the rise of the cloud, and the need for multiple fabrics (whether Fibre Channel and Ethernet, or multiple Ethernet networks) are all increasing the cost of I/O networks relative to other parts of the datacenter. The result has been a slowdown in the adoption of server virtualization, and limited use of “secondary” fabrics such as Fibre Channel in the datacenter. Fabric consolidation approaches such as Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to date have not delivered the simplification or cost saving needed. However, new I/O consolidation products based on the PCI-Express (PCI-E) bus are arriving on the scene that deliver the simplification required at a significantly lower cost than can be delivered by the status quo or over fabrics such as Ethernet and InfiniBand. Furthermore, because PCI-E based products can support any PCI-E peripherals, they offer the ability to consolidate a far greater set of I/O resources. These products can deliver significantly lower acquisition cost, higher performance, and a greater range of consolidation, with less disruption to current datacenter business practices. This session will touch upon best practices deploying this new technology.