Overview of HP Virtual Connect technologies

HP developed Virtual Connect technology to simplify networking configuration for the server administrator using an HP BladeSystem c-Class environment. The baseline Virtual Connect technology virtualizes the connections between the server and the LAN and SAN network infrastructure. It adds a hardware abstraction layer that removes the direct coupling between them. Server administrators can physically wire the uplinks from the enclosure to its network connections once, and then manage the network addresses and uplink paths through Virtual Connect software. Using Virtual Connect interconnect modules provides the following capabilities:

 

• Reduces the number of cables required for an enclosure, compared to using pass-through modules.

• Reduces the number of edge switches that LAN and SAN administrators must manage.

• Allows pre-provisioning of the network—so server administrators can add, replace, or upgrade servers without requiring immediate involvement from the LAN or SAN administrators.

• Enables a flatter, less hierarchical network, reducing equipment and administration costs, reducing latency and improving performance.

• Delivers direct server-to-server connectivity within the BladeSystem enclosure. This is an ideal way to optimize for East/West traffic flow, which is becoming more prevalent at the server edge with the growth of server virtualization, cloud computing, and distributed applications.

• Provides direct-attach SAN and dual-hop Fibre Channel over Ethernet capabilities to extend cost benefits further into the storage network.

 

Download the attached whitepaper for all the details.

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