IDC White Paper: Making the Business Case for Blade Servers with Embedded Layer 2-7 Switches



In the past decade, organizations have dramatically increased the number of network devices in their datacenters, adding critical functionality but complicating datacenter management. The Internet boom, in particular, fueled an explosion of single-function network appliances, creating a highly complex and inefficient datacenter topology that is difficult and expensive to manage and vulnerable to security threats.
In today’s competitive business environment, CIOs are seeking to simplify their datacenter topology to cut costs and create a network infrastructure that is secure, easy to manage, always available, and capable of adjusting to unpredictable workloads and changing business needs.

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