Oh boy, Cisco has just put it’s hat into the virtualization and orchestration game with it’s VFrame technology, described as:

…. a data center automation tool that provides flexibility to industry-standard server environments and their associated I/O interfaces.

Effectively your server instances will become virtual servers that boot from the storage cloud and are easily reconfigurable to serve any purpose, either manually decided or automatically determined.

This solution requires Infiniband, Cisco Multi-fabric switches and of course the Cisco VFrame software. I think it’s safe to say that this will not be the low-cost leader for this type of solution.

More here.