Gartner Research

Why, When and How to Converge Storage and Data Networks

Published: 13 August 2013

ID: G00254276

Analyst(s): Mark Fabbi, Andrew Lerner , Joe Skorupa


A fully unified data center fabric that is simpler to operate and more cost-effective is a compelling promise, but ultimately misleading. Networking and storage personnel can achieve cost savings and simplified management via the incremental approach to I/O convergence described in this research.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Physically Consolidate I/O Access Within the Rack via Higher-Speed Interfaces and ToR Switches or Blade Switch Modules
  • Converge SAN and Network Interfaces Within the Rack via a Single Technology
    • Performance Requirements
    • Operational Considerations
  • To Improve Performance and Complexity, Connect ToR and Blade System Switching Modules Directly to the Core
    • Integrated Infrastructure Systems
  • Move to a Single Technology, Not Necessarily to a Single Network
    • The Payoff

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