The modern data center has undergone a series of changes that have significantly impacted business operations. Applications have evolved from being client-server to services oriented architecture-based (SOA). An application is implemented as a series of connected components distributed over and running on multiple servers with shared workloads. Server virtualization maximizes server utilization and enables resiliency and agility while storage convergence and virtualization yield similar benefits. The size of data processing and storage operations are steadily increasing.
Data center traffic scale and volatility are growing in response to these data center changes. Traffic flow patterns are changing as well. In addition to the traditional flow of traffic from servers to the data center core (N-S), it also flows from server to server and from server to storage (E-W) in the modern data center. Consequently, data center network infrastructures must support ever increasing scale and any-to-any connectivity.
QFabric meets the needs of the modern data center by simplifying network operations, reducing network latency and congestion, seamlessly integrating with existing network infrastructure and services, and delivering scale without adding cost and complexity.
ACG Research conducted a total cost of ownership (TCO) comparison of QFabric versus the market share leader’s network architecture for a mid-scale to large-scale 10GbE data center. It found that QFabric achieves 58% to 76% lower TCO and has more linear scaling of capital expense (CapEx) and operating expense (OpEx).
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