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bublik
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NIC bond

I have 2 new nodes P4500G2 14.4 with 1G ports that i will be using for backup purposes. Can I bond 4 ports together, connect them to one swith to achive 4GBs? or I can do only 2Gbs maximum since port bond is per node?

 

 

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oikjn
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Re: NIC bond

bonding is per node, but as long as your backup computer is using MPIO and the HP DSM, it will automatically use both nodes so you can get the full 4GB bandwidth... this is assuming your backup computer also has at least 4GB bandwidth to the switch.

bublik
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Re: NIC bond

the backup server is a VM which is using running on the blade server and utilizing 10G traffic. will it see all 4GB though?

 

 

oikjn
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Re: NIC bond

need more info...  is the backup VM a windows based OS?  Does it access the LUNs directly or does the data go through the host getting backed up? 

 

I know for M$'s DPM server, the Hyper-V hosts w/ the VMs getting backed up take use the application aware snapshot feature to take a snapshot on the VSA system and then the hyper-v host reads the data over the iSCSI network and then sends it to the DPM server over a different network (typically after compressing it).

 

I'm a M$ shop so I don't really know about the esx details, but I think that there are issues with bonding for it and I think the best you might be able to do is 2GB in that situation.

 

As a side note, I'm not sure if the DSM solution which technically opens up 4GB to the host will actual give you 4GB since all data has to be replicated to each node which means that if you are saturating 1GB host->target, the VSAs need 1GB VSA->VSA to mirror that information.  It might not be that bad as I don't have the network setup to test that idea.  I think a 2-node cluster has about the same performance between HP DSM on M$ and the MPIO on esx, but once you get into 3+ nodes the HP DSM really starts to shine.  There is a lot of good reading on the subject if you read the DSM documents.