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recommendations for smaller environment doing 10G ISCSI / virtual infra

what would be a good pair of switches be for doing 10G ISCSI SAN and 2 host vmware cluster?

Hots would connect @ 10 G 

SAN would connect @ 10 G

VM Net traffic and vMotion traffic @ 10 G

Clients / MGMT would connect @ 1 G

 

Would a pair of N3K and a pair of 2960-X's do the job? Would that be overkill?

 

Is there 1 pair of switches that could accommodate both adequately?

 

Just looking for suggestions. 


Thanks, 

 

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Re: recommendations for smaller environment doing 10G ISCSI / virtual infra

here is some reference white paper. 

 

https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/UCS_CVDs/flexpod_esxi65design.html

 

https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/products/collateral/servers-unified-computing/ucs-c-series-rack-servers/whitepaper-c11-736761.pdf

 

Suggestion is when you design these kind of infrastructure  always involve local cisco partner suggest to best suites your need. since these BoM are big expensive and once you bought and install not working as expected, the investment get wasted and purpose is not solved.

 

As per nexus concern, i suggest to Nexus 5K / 9K  here, (until we know the reason why you want to consider Nexus 3K here ?)

 

since we  do not know what is the role of 2960 here, do you have any topology ? to understand and suggest better.

 

 

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Re: recommendations for smaller environment doing 10G ISCSI / virtual infra

no its a small network and they are starting just now with 10GIG (Server/SAN)
5k/9k looks good, what is the difference?
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Re: recommendations for smaller environment doing 10G ISCSI / virtual infra

Nexus 5K/ 9K, both are same breed,  there may be small difference, some support ACI / Some not.

 

I always look for the features required for the supported device and choose the best.

 

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