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Network complexity is largely driven by the number of nodes connected to it and the number of paths between them. The situation is compounded when multiple protocols operate over the shared resource. Windows Server 2016 simplifies the network by decreasing the number of connected nodes and increases storage performance because Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) and the Hyper-V switch can share the same network interface card (NIC) ports. Network architects can consolidate the physical networking without giving up the higher level benefits that traditional approaches afford, when storage traffic is segregated in Ethernet topologies. Combining these capabilities into a single NIC enables power savings, switch port count reduction, NIC cost savings and cabling management reduction. The network operator can also make high quality service guarantees for the many users of the network.

Source: Cut your network port count per server by 50% with Windows Server 2016 | Windows Server Blog

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