Ready Stack systems can be built with Dell EMC PowerSwitch data center switches, which include:
The following figure illustrates the Dell EMC PowerSwitch S5232F-ON VLTi configuration:
Figure 4. PowerSwitch S5232F-ON VLTi configuration
In a Ready Stack reference architecture that includes an MX7000 PowerEdge blade server, the MX7116n chassis switch’s internal network ports that connect to the server’s network ports support the blade-server network traffic.
When using VMware as the hypervisor, customers can achieve bandwidth prioritization for different traffic classes such as host management, vSphere vMotion, and VM network using vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) technology. The VDS, which can be configured, managed, and monitored from a central interface, provides:
The following diagram shows the VDS configuration. The dual-port FC host bus adapters are used for connecting to shared storage:
Figure 5. VDS configuration
Hyper-V Virtual Switch is a software-based layer-2 Ethernet network switch that is available in Hyper-V Manager when you install the Hyper-V server role. Hyper-V Virtual Switch includes programmatically managed and extensible capabilities to connect VMs to both virtual networks and the physical network.
Hyper-V Virtual Switch provides:
The following figure shows the Hyper-V Virtual Switch configuration for the management and compute servers. The dual-port FC host bus adapters are used for connecting to shared storage:
Figure 6. Hyper-V Virtual Switch for dual port configuration