VMworld 2011: Session SPO3040: Best Practices for Deploying VMware* vSphere 5.0 Using 10Gb Ethernet
The transition from 1Gb to 10Gb Ethernet is not just about going faster, it requires new network architectures and new management tools to setup and monitor bandwidth allocation and traffic prioritization. With the addition of Fibre Channel via FCoE to the existing storage protocols that Ethernet delivers, the unified network infrastructure promises scaling and cost reduction in much of the same way that virtualization first promises the data center. Just like virtualization has causes IT administrators to rethink server deployments, 10Gb Ethernet is requiring another shift in the planning and practice of network design. Network architect have to expand their knowledge to include storage technologies, virtual switching done inside of each host server, server provisioning over the network, and QoS of multiple traffic types.
The VMware* vSphere 5.0 release provides several enhancements and new features that will simplify network deployments and provide tools to monitor and dynamically adjust the network administrators and Network Architects optimize VMware vSphere 5.0 using 10Gb Intel® Ethernet Controllers and Adapters:
Best Practice to determine the system requirements and to address management challenges 10Gb Ethernet deployments
Best Practice for implementing QoS on a 10Gb network using a virtual distributed switch
Best Practice for deploying a network storage on a 10Gb Unified Network