Dell XC Series Hyper-Converged appliances enable both large and small IT organizations to efficiently consolidate and run virtualized workloads on a single system. These hyper-converged appliances push the scale of virtualization to new limits. Robust networks are required that can handle the higher utilization demand of network bandwidth. These networks must be able to deliver high performance at all times and be able to scale equally with the highly scalable hyper-converged systems as demand dictates.

This document provides best practices and details on how to deploy a network for the Dell EMC XC Series. The goal of this document is to:

  • Assist administrators in selecting the best hardware and topology for their XC Series network
  • Deliver step-by-step instructions on cabling, configuring, and deploying the XC Series network
  • Assist the reader in configuring networks for Hyper-V, ESXi, and AHV hypervisors to be use with the XC Series
  • Provide best practices that ensure networking availability and scale
  • Provide examples of automating network configurations using Ansible playbooks
  • Show cabling diagram examples for various networking topologies