The Active Fabrics for Small / Medium Data centers RA delivers a tested network design for creating a converged iSCSI and virtualized data center network.
Active Fabric is a high-performance networking solution based on inter-connecting products, purpose-built for stitching together server, storage and workload elements in traditional and virtualized data centers. Benefits include its scalability and cost-effectiveness in a new paradigm of technology where network is now the focus of virtualization and driven by software.
This RA employs Dell PowerEdge servers, 10GbE adapters with NPAR, VMware ESXi for vSwitch capability, Dell EqualLogic arrays (in DCB mode) and Dell Networking S4810 and MXL blade (both in Virtual Link Trunking (VLT) mode). The technical guide also includes the switch configuration files for simplified switch deployment.
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Deploying Active fabric for Datacenter