This section briefly describes the hardware that is used to validate the deployment examples in this document. Appendix A contains a complete listing of hardware and software validated for this guide.
While the steps in this document were validated using S5248F-ON switches as leafs, and S5232F-ON switches as spines, other switch models listed on the Networking Solutions Support Matrix may be used.
|Dell EMC device||Role|
|PowerSwitch S5248F-ON||Two switches in each rack as leaf switches|
|PowerSwitch S5232F-ON||Two spine switches|
|PowerSwitch N3248TE-ON||One in each rack for out-of-band (OOB) management traffic|
|E560F VxRail nodes||Eight in two clusters|
Note: All hosts within each VxRail cluster must have identical hardware. VxRail supports cluster sizes up to 64 nodes. With SFS, each VxRail cluster must have a minimum of three nodes. Two-node VxRail clusters are not supported.
The following sections describe the major hardware components in greater detail.
Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5248F-ON is a 1-Rack Unit (1U), multilayer switch with 48x 25 GbE SFP28 ports, 4x 100 GbE QSFP28 ports, and 2x 200 GbE QFSP28-DD ports.
The Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5232F-ON is a 1U, multilayer switch with 32x 100 GbE QSFP28 ports and 2x 10 GbE SFP+ ports.
The Dell EMC PowerSwitch N3248TE-ON is a 1U switch with 48x 1 GbE BASE-T ports, and 4x 10 GbE SFP+ ports.
Dell EMC VxRail P, V, S, E, and G series nodes are built on current PowerEdge servers.
Note: VxRail supports cluster sizes up to 64 nodes. With SFS, VxRail clusters must have a minimum of three nodes. Two-node VxRail clusters are not currently supported.
VxRail nodes support various combinations of network adapters. See the Dell EMC VxRail Network Planning Guide for network connectivity options by node type and the VxRail Support Matrix (account required) for supported network adapters.
Note: For VxRail node connections to the leaf switches, use supported 10 GbE or 25 GbE network adapters only. 1 GbE network adapters are not supported for VxRail node to SFS-enabled leaf switch connections.
Each VxRail node also includes an integrated Dell Remote Access Card (iDRAC) for out-of-band management.
The external switches used for this deployment must support industry switching and routing standards and support port speeds compatible with the SmartFabric leaf switches. This guide provides configuration examples for Dell and Cisco Nexus external switches.