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Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication, 4th Edition by Casimer DeCusatis

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Chapter 14

Networking for Integrated Systems

Casimer DeCusatis,      IBM Corporation

This chapter discusses the networking requirements for a new class of integrated data center appiances that have emerged within the past few years. Conventional data centers employ a combination of servers, storage, networking, software applications, and services, which are usually combined for the first time at the customer site, and which frequently involve building custom solutions for specific jobs. Building custom systems is not a sustainable or economical approach; data center applications can take months to design and deploy, and there are ongoing issues with interoperability, support, scaling, and performance tuning to meet application requirements. Further, ...

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