VMotion on steroids with FCoE

Filed in FCoE, Nexus by on August 14, 2008 5 Comments

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

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Brad Hedlund is an Engineering Architect with the CTO office of VMware’s Networking and Security Business Unit (NSBU), focused on network & security virtualization (NSX) and the software-defined data center. Brad’s background in data center networking begins in the mid-1990s with a variety of experience in roles such as IT customer, systems integrator, architecture and technical strategy roles at Cisco and Dell, and speaker at industry conferences. CCIE Emeritus #5530.

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  1. Lloyd P. Andrew says:

    Nice blog & write-up Brad. BTW, congrats on becoming a CSE!

  2. craig says:

    In fact I had tested both Nexus and Xsigo, the vMotion speed wise both are fast.

  3. 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 ?

    thanks

    • Brad Hedlund says:

      Chris,
      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.

      Cheers,
      Brad

      • 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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