During the initial build of the cluster, you have flexibility in how to assign uplinks to the VxRail networks.
- To deploy VxRail with a predefined network profile, each VxRail node port that is used to support VxRail networking must be running at the same speed.
- To create a custom profile option, the following general rules are applicable:
- You can configure the VxRail nodes with Ethernet ports running at different speeds. For instance, you can have 10 GbE ports on the NDC or OCP, and 25 GbE ports on a PCIe adapter card.
- The Ethernet ports that you select to support a VxRail network must be configured at the same speed. For instance, you can assign 10 GbE ports to the VxRail management networks, and 25 GbE ports to VxRail non-management networks such as VMware vSAN and VMware vMotion.
- The Ethernet ports that you select to support a VxRail network must be of the same type. For instance, you cannot assign an RJ45 port and an SFP+ port to support the same VxRail network.
- In a 2-port configuration, the VxRail networks share the two uplinks.
- In a 4-port configuration, the management networks are assigned two uplinks and the VMware vMotion and VMware vSAN networks are assigned the other two uplinks.
If you plan to use both NDC or OCP-based and PCIe-based ports to enable NIC redundancy and eliminate the NDC or OCP as a single point of failure, you can customize which ports on the VxRail nodes you want to use for each VxRail network. For example, you can select one port from the NDC or OCP and one port from a PCIe adapter card running at the same speed, and assign both of those to support the VxRail management networks. You can then select another port on the NDC or OCP, and another compatible port on the PCIe adapter card, and assign those to the non-management VxRail networks.
If you expect the applications to be running on the VxRail cluster to be I/O intensive and require high bandwidth, you can place the VMware vMotion network on the same pair of ports as reserved for the VxRail management networks, and isolate the VMware vSAN network on a pair of Ethernet ports.
- With a custom uplink assignment, there is more flexibility in a data center with a mixed network. You can assign the resource-intense networks like VMware vSAN to higher-speed uplinks, and low-impact networks to slower uplinks, and then connect those uplinks to switches with compatible port speeds.
- On VxRail nodes with both NDC or OCP ports and PCIe Ethernet adapter cards, you can migrate certain VxRail networks off the NDC or OCP ports and onto PCIe ports after the cluster is built. This is advantageous if workload demand increases on the cluster, and additional bandwidth is required. You can later install switches that better align with adapting requirements, and migrate specific workloads to those switches.