Data center networks rely on Ethernet. Over the decades, Ethernet has evolved as new types of architectures emerged. Today, data center networks carry traffic for a diverse set of applications including client/server, Web services, unified communications, virtual machines, and storage—each with different traffic patterns and network service requirements. For example, when Ethernet carries block storage traffic, it places stringent demands on the network including lossless packet delivery, deterministic latency and high bandwidth. Combined, these changes drive the next evolutionary step in Ethernet networks, the Ethernet fabric.
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Microsoft Hyper-V infrastructure can help in consolidating multiple application servers on fewer physical servers. This paper describes the base infrastructure from Brocade and EMC using EMC CLARiiON CX4-480, EMC Atmos, Brocade Fibre Channel switches, Brocade Fibre Channel HBAs, and Brocade IP networking equipment—as the ideal platform for Microsoft SharePoint applications running on a Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization framework.