Two major trends — server virtualization and the rise of bladed servers — are driving demand for 10GbE switch chips in today’s data center. The Fujitsu MB8AA3020 switch chip was specifically designed to meet the demands of a virtualized data center. This paper outlines the advantages of using the MB8AA3020 in the context of today’s and tomorrow’s data center, specifically focusing on congestion management, Quality of Service (QoS), VLAN virtualization, and physical-level properties.