During the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, Extreme Networks unveiled a blueprint for migrating datacenters from the physical world to virtualization, and eventually to cloud computing. What's interesting about Extreme Network's evolution strategy is that it tries to eliminate virtual switching at the server level, which is the exact opposite approach of Cisco.
According to Gordon Stitt, Extreme chairman and co-founder, the blueprint is intended to assist in evolving datacenters to cloud computing "without forcing certain technologies or operating methodologies," which can be taken as a knock against Cisco's Data Center 3.0 strategy, Froce10 Networks' Virtualization Framework, parts of Juniper's Stratus project, and architectures pitched by Brocade, HP, and other datacenter switching competitors, Infoworld.com reports.
Piqued your interested? Download the 24-page blueprint in PDF form here.