Many companies are looking for ways to make their data centers more agile and flexible for the future. Heterogeneous, multi-vendor networks are commonplace and IT managers who deploy a variety of switches in their data centers need to be assured of interoperability. There is always the option of adopting a single vendor strategy, automatically eliminating any interoperability barriers. However, clients choosing a single vendor risk being locked out of new solutions from alternative vendors and unable to exploit cutting-edge technology. IBM® favors a standards-based approach to networking. This approach complements the Open Choice design of the IBM Flex System™ and PureFlex™ System, which gives customers the ability to configure their system with a wide variety of elements from IBM and its partners.
This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide explores some of the IBM Flex System networking options and common usage scenarios for connecting the IBM PureFlex System to the network. It also describes the Open Data Center Interoperable Network (ODIN) initiative, and shows how IBM System Networking offers a compelling argument based on advanced technology and open standards.
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