Scaling-out data centers using 10 Gigabit Ethernet based on Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE)
Scalable, lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabrics are fundamental to enterprise data centers, and to the rapidly-evolving enterprise clouds that consolidate multiple applications and networks onto a unified, wide-scale and shared infrastructure. The Voltaire Vantage 8500 switch is a completely modular, high-performance, high density Layer-2 core switch, optimized for enterprise data center and cloud computing environments. It features the industry's most power-efficient and lowest latency capabilities on Ethernet, enabling new levels of efficiency, scalability and real-time application performance, while at the same time consolidating multiple/redundant network tiers and significantly reducing infrastructure expenses.
Enabling linear scalability and data center virtualization
The Voltaire Vantage 8500 delivers scalability, efficiency, and fabric virtualization capabilities to meet the growing needs of next-generation data centers. Using Voltaire's technology, up to 12 Voltaire Vantage 8500 switches can be clustered together to form a 3400 port nonblocking switching fabric - an important capability for virtualized data centers. The Vantage 8500 also allows users to manage roaming virtual machine ports, assign them unique policies, monitor them as if they were physical ports, and form multiple virtual fabrics with unique behavior and resource assignments. Its powerful operating system, VT-OS, allows multiple simultaneous sessions and granular access control to virtual or physical switch elements.
To enable clustering based on commodity elements, a systems administrator must overcome the complexity of managing large-scale clusters. VT-OS comprises Layer-2 protocol stack and and advanced chassis management capabilities to automate regular administrative tasks while offering a user-friendly CLI, GUI, and SNMP interface. Complementing VT-OS is Voltaire's Unified Fabric Manager (UFM) software management platform, which enables fabric-wide, application-centric cluster management of the Voltaire Vantage 8500 cluster. UFM software also provides management for third-party switches in conjunction with other data center management applications.