I'm considering upgrade for one segment of my network with a managed switch. To be precise - I have N4F Supermicro server with 2 Gbit/s onboard cards, and I want to take advantage of LACP/LAGG.
This entry level switch would make a perfect shot for my setup.LACP bonds Ethernet connections in order to improve bandwidth. For example, four physical interfaces can be used to create one mega interface. However, it cannot increase the bandwidth for a single conversation. It is designed to increase bandwidth when multiple clients are simultaneously accessing the same system. It also assumes that quality Ethernet hardware is used and it will not make much difference when using inferior Ethernet chipsets such as a Realtek.
http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/deta ... L-SG1016DE
It does support Static link aggregation - Port trunk, is that what it is for my Nas4Free setup?
It would look like this:
On the other side there would be ESXi server with 3 dedicated LAN cards (1 dedicated for storage adapter traffic) running through iSCSI.
I wonder if it would be better to setup different iSCSI path for different group of VM's, and to target both LAN interfaces on the N4S side?
This way i.e. VM1 with App1 would use iSCSI path 1 connected through N4F LAN 1 (destination XX GB's of VDEV 1 - ZFS mirror of 2 drives).
And VM2 with App2 would use iSCSI path 2 connected through N4F LAN 2 (destination XX GB's of VDEV 2 - ZFS mirror of 2 drives).
Like a highway with two tracks, different vehicles, different road blocks, both ways running together