In the modern data center, 100 Gbps Ethernet is now at an affordable price to respond to the increasing demands of bandwidth from storage and compute. Dell EMC offers the S5048F-ON 25GbE, using DNOS 9, a top-of-rack (ToR) switch to provide edge port connectivity.

Combining Dell PowerEdge R730xd servers, Dell EMC Networking 25 GbE switching, and the flexibility of Dell EMC ScaleIO, this document covers the network deployment requirements for the ScaleIO software-only solution. This guide covers deploying the ScaleIO software-only solution on VMware vSphere ESXi, creating a Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) by enabling each ESXi host to present computing as well as storage resources.