Emerging IEEE Ethernet standards could soothe data center headaches

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Cisco, HP and others are waging an epic battle to gain control of the data center, but at the same time they are joining forces to push through new IEEE Ethernet standards that could greatly ease management of those increasingly virtualized IT nerve centers.

Even as Cisco, HP and others are increasingly invading each other’s turf in the data center, they are also joining forces to push through new Ethernet standards that could greatly ease management of those increasingly virtualized IT nerve centers.

The IEEE 802.1Qbg and 802.1Qbh specifications are designed to address serious management issues raised by the explosion of virtual machines in data centers that traditionally have been the purview of physical servers and switches. In a nutshell, the emerging standards would offload significant amounts of policy, security and management processing from virtual switches on network interface cards (NIC) and blade servers and put it back onto physical Ethernet switches connecting storage and compute resources.

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