Determine whether you plan to use one or two switches for the VxRail cluster. One switch is acceptable, and is often used in test and development environments. Two or more switches are required to support sustained performance, high availability, and fail over in production environments.
VxRail is a software-defined data center which relies on the physical ToR switching for network communications. It is engineered to enable full redundancy and failure protection across the cluster. For environments that require protection from a single point of failure, the adjacent network supporting the VxRail cluster must also be designed and configured to eliminate any single point of failure. A minimum of two switches should be deployed to support high availability and balance the workload on the VxRail cluster. They should be linked with a pair of cables to support the flow of Layer 2 traffic between the switches.
For network-intense workloads that require high availability, consider switches that support multi-chassis LAG, such as Cisco Virtual Port Channel or Dell VLT Port Channel. This feature can be used to enable load-balancing from the VxRail cluster across a logical switch port that is configured between the two linked switches.
Support for Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) at the cluster level is also introduced in VxRail 7.0.130. The switches supporting the VxRail cluster should support LACP for better manageability and broader load-balancing options.