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By Kent Christensen

It’s already August. Summer is flying by. However, there’s still time to catch up on some summer reading. One item to add to the list is the updated Datalink white paper, “Moving Toward a Virtual Data Center.” This white paper discusses virtualization well beyond server consolidation. We address how an organization can benefit from an approach that integrates servers, networking, and storage into a unified virtual data center. For many this can be the foundation for a private and/or hybrid cloud strategy (more to come on that).

The unified virtual data center (VDC) goes beyond virtualization consolidation toward a highly virtualized data center application platform that not only provides the benefits of improved utilization, but begins to deliver standard data center services to host applications with dramatically improved operational efficiency. We drive toward pooling data center resources and provisioning them to most applications that require a high level of service and reliability. This extends the efficiency of virtualization further than can be realized by just doing server, network, or storage virtualization via uncoordinated initiatives.

This is the natural progression of data center transformation from server consolidation to the data center architectural changes required to fully capitalize on the abstraction and efficient provisioning of physical resources all while delivering a higher level of service. And we don’t need to do all the work individually to gain the benefits. We can leverage unified infrastructures that provide a head start in design, integration, and testing, and help organizations more quickly realize the benefits of a VDC. Example reference architectures that we frequently work with include Vblock via VCE, FlexPod from Cisco and NetApp, the recently announced VSPEX from EMC, and SRA/Virtual Infrastructure Architecture (VIA) utilizing HDS storage.

Stay tuned on additional updates including a new white paper on how to extend the VDC to private/hybrid cloud services.