There are restrictions on the models of Ethernet adapters cards and ports that can be configured for VxRail nodes. Each vendor adapter card and firmware that is selected for support with VxRail must pass tests to qualify.
|10 GbE|| |
|25 GbE|| |
|100 GbE|| |
- When a VxRail cluster is initially built, it is recommended, but not required, that all the NIC cards that are used to form the cluster be of the same vendor. This rule does not apply to nodes added to an existing VxRail cluster, so long as the port speed and port type match the existing nodes.
- Use the same adapter card vendor and model for all the nodes in a cluster that support VxRail cluster operations. There is no guarantee that using optics or cables from one vendor with an adapter card from another vendor works as expected. Consult the Dell cable and optics support matrix before attempting to mix vendor equipment in a VxRail cluster.
- The feature sets supported from NIC card suppliers do not always match. There is a dependency on the firmware and driver in the adapter card to support certain features. If a feature is needed to meet a business requirement, consult with a sales specialist to verify that the needed feature is supported for a specific vendor.