The PowerOne architecture includes three networks, configured by the PowerOne Controller, that facilitate connectivity for the entire system:
- System fabric—Provides connectivity for east-west production traffic between PowerOne hosts and north-south production traffic between the hosts and the existing production network. Traditional handoff between PowerOne and the existing network is traditionally provided at Layer 3, using static routing or eBGP.
- Management network—Provides out-of-band management connectivity between all PowerOne components and the existing management network.
- Storage area network (SAN)—Provides connectivity for all storage traffic between external storage and hosts within PowerOne.
The system fabric is a key component of PowerOne. It provides:
- High speeds with low-latency throughput
- Ability to scale from small to very large network configurations
- Automated network configurations facilitated by the PowerOne Controller
The system fabric consists of the following physical network components:
- Dell EMC Networking Z9264 spine switches (for future multipod configurations)
- Dell EMC Networking S5232F leaf switches
- Dell EMC MX7000 Network I/O Modules:
- Dell EMC PowerEdge MX9116 Fabric Switching Engine (FSE)
- Dell EMC PowerEdge MX7116 Fabric Expander Module (FEM)
The following figure shows the PowerOne system fabric connections:
Figure 1. PowerOne system fabric connections to existing network