The network considerations for VxRail are no different than those of any enterprise IT infrastructure: availability, performance, and extensibility. VxRail Appliances are delivered to your data center ready for deployment. The nodes in the appliance can attach to any compatible network infrastructure at 1/10/25 GbE speeds with either RJ45 or SFP+ ports. Models with single processors can attach to compatible 1 GbE network infrastructure. Most production VxRail network topologies use dual top-of-the-rack (ToR) switches to eliminate the switch as a single point of failure. This document guides you through the key phases and decision points for a successful VxRail implementation. The key phases are:
Step 1: Select the VxRail hardware and physical network infrastructure that best aligns with your business and operational objectives.
Step 2: Plan and prepare for VxRail implementation in your data center before product delivery.
Step 3: Set up the network switch infrastructure in your data center for VxRail before product delivery.
Step 4: Prepare for physical installation and VxRail initialization into the final product.
Note: Follow all the guidance and decision points described in this document; otherwise, VxRail will not implement properly, and it will not function correctly in the future. If you have separate teams for network and servers in your data center, you must work together to design the network and configure the switches.