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It seems that data centers have been in continual transition now for the past 15 years. In that time, the industry has seen the rise of server virtualization, the growth of on-demand computing, the transition to network fabrics and the introduction of software defined networks. The latest wave is the movement to converged infrastructure, and Extreme Networks is the latest network vendor to ride this wave by partnering with EMC and Lenovo.

The need for converged infrastructure is certainly there. The concept is to bring servers, network and storage together to create a data center where the IT elements become fluid, orchestrated resources capable of ushering in the cloud era. This is why almost every data center vendor, network, storage or server has released or is part of a converged infrastructure solution. These solutions are pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-configured and can give customers the confidence that the converged solution will actually provide the functionality require to move into the cloud era. This is why almost every data center vendor today, be it network, storage or server, is part of or owns its own converged “stack.”

Last week, Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) held its annual Industry Analyst conference in Annapolis, Maryland. Unified Communications has historically been the primary focus for ALU’s go-to-market strategy, but the company has spent the last few years beefing up its OmniSwitch data networking portfolio as well. In fact, if you recall, ALU was the focal point of this Network World Article where the company beat out Cisco for a network project in its own home state.

Like every other network vendor, ALU has been trying to jump on the market opportunity created by the rise and complexity of server virtualization. I recently did some research that pointed out that a small amount of server virtualization saves both capex and opex. However, highly virtualized environments, meaning those that are more than 50% virtualized, have actually seen operational costs rise by as much as 20%. High amounts of server virtualization create unpredictable traffic flows that can wreak havoc on the network.

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