VMotion on steroids with FCoE

Want lightning fast VMotion? Just install a CNA (Converged Network Adapter) from Emulex or QLogic and connect it to a Cisco Nexus 5000.

Mario Apicella of InfoWorld did just that and writes:

“I had intended to post a movie clip of the test VM moving to the new ESX server using VMotion, but the action lasted only a few seconds. Not much of a movie…”

Read Mario’s full article: VMotion and FCoE: A match made in admin heaven


  1. chris stand says

    with a single adapter ( teamed when it is supported ) how is Cisco recommending carving out the vMotion, Service Console and VM vlans ?
    Put them all on common vlans ?
    Make native vlan belong to SC / vMotion ?


    • says

      The Service Console, vMotion (VMKernel), and the VM traffic should all be on different VLANs. That has been a consistent recommendation from both VMWare and Cisco, and I don’t suspect that will change anytime soon.


      • Sai says

        Hi Brad, I am looking for guidelines on how to go about configuring Vmware/UCS to enable Vmotion with a Menlo card… any inputs is appreciated….

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