IBM Flex System Networking in an Enterprise Data Center, 2nd Edition

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Networking in data centers today is undergoing a transition from a discrete traditional model to a more flexible, optimized model or the “smarter” model. Clients are looking to support more workloads with decreasing or flat IT budgets. The network architecture on the recently announced IBM® Flex System platform is designed to address the key challenges clients are facing today in their data centers.

IBM Flex System™, a new category of computing and the next generation of Smarter Computing, offers intelligent workload deployment and management for maximum business agility. This chassis delivers high-speed performance complete with integrated servers, storage, and networking for multi-chassis management in data center compute environments. Its flexible design can meet the needs of varying workloads with independently scalable IT resource pools for higher usage and lower cost per workload. Although increased security and resiliency protect vital information and promote maximum uptime, the integrated, easy-to-use management system reduces setup time and complexity, which provides a quicker path to ROI.

The purpose of this IBM Redpaper™ publication is to describe how the data center network design approach is transformed with the introduction of new IBM Flex System platform. This IBM Redpaper publication is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about IBM Flex System networking components and solutions.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Data center networking overview
Chapter 2. IBM Flex System networking architecture and portfolio
Chapter 3. IBM Flex System data center network design basics


Publish Date
31 August 2013

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