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Maximizing Your Existing Data Center While Embracing Virtualization and Cloud

Published: 19 July 2013

ID: G00252825

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman


Virtualization and moving to hybrid or private clouds are driving enterprises to consider changes to their data center architecture. This research looks at key considerations and how CIOs can optimize their existing data center investments.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Limit the Movement of VMs to Reduce Network Complexity
  • Consider a New Role for Existing Switches
    • The Cost of Upgrading an Existing Switch
  • Reuse Existing Cables
    • The ToR to the Core Switch Links Must Also Be Checked
  • Understand the Network Changes of Moving Applications to Cloud

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