Virtual SAN Network Deployments with Brocade VCS Fabrics
For those using and evaluating VMware’s Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) powered by Virtual SAN are reaping the benefits of the next-generation enterprise architecture for a software-defined datacenter that is consistently managed across private and hybrid clouds with the simplicity of vCenter.
With the announcement of the VMware Cloud Foundation, VMware extends the vSphere concepts of abstracting and pooling together distributed infrastructure resources to Virtual SAN, and NSX to manage the consumption of their resources as single entities of consumption – all which have an IP network at the heart to provide inter-connect.
While an IP network can be implemented in many ways, one should remember that storage is a very critical component to the overall system performance and ultimately a lifeboat for system resiliency – after all non-volatile storage is the data persistence layer!
The de-factor standard network underlay to support IP traffic in the data center is Layer 2 Ethernet which has been around for decades. Ethernet networks are still to this day being deployed true to many of the original concepts, including Spanning Tree loop prevention and with a need to enter detailed configurations into each and every switch.
Read the entire article here, Virtual SAN Network Deployments with Brocade VCS Fabrics
via Rawlinson Rivera at Punching Clouds.