I have 3 HP DL380 G7 servers; each with 10 1gig uplinks to HP stacked switches. 2 of the 10 NICs will be dedicated for iSCSI traffic to my SAN. That leaves 8 NICs to be distributed between VMware features and the VMs themselves.
This is what I had first planned:
2 NICs in a team for vMotion
2 NICs in a team for Management traffic
4 NICs in a team for VM traffic
Now that VMware 5.0 has been released and I have been made aware of NIOC, I have been considering teaming all 8 NICs and establishing resource pools that guarantee 2gig for vMotion, 2gig for Management traffic and 4gig for VM traffic. In this scenario, if bandwidth is available any one group can request additional resources.
What is the best practice in a situation like this? Do people still prefer to isolate these types of traffic or throw them in one big pipe and regulate their usage? What NIC teaming method is recommended for both of the practices listed above?
Please share your thoughts and experiences.
Thank You in advance!