Data centers are undergoing a major transition toward a smarter, more dynamic infrastructure. More flexible IT architectures are emerging to address the demands of current business applications and new areas, such as cloud computing, multitenancy, bring your own device (BYOD), big data, and analytics.
As part of the dynamic infrastructure trend, the role of data center networks is also changing. It is causing businesses to re-evaluate their current networks, which were never designed to handle modern workloads and applications. In light of these changes, the networking industry is experiencing a major discontinuity.
The IBM® viewpoint is that the most cost-effective approach to building a best-of-breed data center network is based on open industry standards that are supported by multiple vendors. An open data center with an interoperable network delivers noticeable benefits:
This IBM Redbooks® Point-of-View publication describes the technologies that can transform the data center network into an open data center network that can create business value.
Transforming the data center network to create business value
The next-generation data center fabric
A smarter data center infrastructure by using ODIN
Which platform to choose
Next steps: How IBM can help