The HP train keeps on rolling. Following a string of enhancements and third-party integrations for HP's various hardware platforms, word is out that 3Leaf Systems has completed interoperability testing for its V-8000 virtual I/O server with the BladeSystem c-Class machine and the StorageWorks 8100 array running VMware's ESX server.
Adding the V-8000 to the BladeSystem/StorageWorks platform will provide enterprises with a great deal of flexibility when it comes to pooling resources and consolidating network and storage I/O infrastructure. The system does away with local NICs and HBAs and cuts down significantly on the number of ports required for the smooth exchange of data. It also simplifies the provisioning and repurposing process.
I/O virtualization is seen as the key to maximizing the investment in both server and storage virtualization, as well as the rising desktop virtualization movement. With multiple virtual hosts trying to access the same physical network resources, the inevitable data bottlenecks can often bring network operations to a standstill.