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Different types of data centers

Can you give me a description or something of how IP (Internet Protocol) works with a data center? In other words, what is an IP-based data center and what is a data center? Could you give some examples?

An IP-based data center uses the IP protocol to communicate between systems. I assume this also includes IBM mainframe equipment, which could use SNA protocols instead.

Most open system environments are IP based. Storage so far is not. IP data centers today DO NOT refer to the storage network being used, but it may be an indication that a particular business may be interested in IP-based storage.

Regards,
Marc Farley

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This was first published in January 2002

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