I am connecting to NetApp storage from my esxi hosts through ISCSI and have some questions about the optimal setup.
I have up to 4 1gb NICS to use for the connectivity and am looking for the best throughput I can achieve. I am confused what setup would give the best utilization of all the NICS. Currently I am using 2 nics setup iwth vmk ports and bonded via ISCSI initiator. The path selection is round robin based on my active/active Storage array.
1. Are 4 nics bonded via ISCSI initiator going to give better performance or will the host only use some of the nics? I will have a 1 to 1 ratio of vmk's to physical nics, setup with 1 active and the rest unavailable.
2. Will creating multiple target ips on the Netapp side give me better performance? If so, how many should I create? If not, what is the benefits of having more targets? Just for redundancy and not performance?
3. Should I be able to see simultaneous traffic over all the nics that are bonded? If so, what would be a decent test of that? Kick of multiple svotiom operations?
Much thanks in advance guys,