by Bala Pitchaikani
Meeting the needs of
increasingly demanding data center applications may require more flexibility
than users can gain by following the set recipe of a major networking vendor. In
fact, the largest data centers in the world are built from open solutions,
using open protocols and open usage models (like the ones defined by
consortiums like Open Data Center (ODC) Alliance) and combined in ways that
recipe-based configurations can’t support. This points to a need for
best-of-breed solutions in the data center, but many data center operators are
afraid to stray from the prescribed path defined by the largest network vendors.
This not only hinders business agility but also datacenter optimization and
elasticity. By opting for open, standards-based equipment, however, data center
operators can gain flexibility, agility, and elasticity and, above all, provide
the ability to deliver virtual datacenters with self-provisioning capabilities
for their customers.