Last month I ran a poll asking “how many NICs do you use for virtualization on your blade servers” and the results may surprise you.
Over 10% of the readers replied, and here are the results:
- 2 x 10GbE – 49.59%
- 4 x 10GbE – 26.02%
- 4 x 1GbE – 4.88%
- 6 x 1GbE – 4.88%
- Other (see below) – 4.88%
- 8 x 1GbE – 3.25%
- 6 x 10GbE – 2.44%
- Greater than 6 x 10GbE Greater than 8 x 1GbE – .81%
“Other answers” included:
- 2x10GbE std, 4x10GbE for DB-hosting blades
- 2xFDR and 4x10GbE
- 2 or 4 depends on models of VIC adapters
- 2 x 1GbE
As you can see, nearly 50% stated they use 2 x 10GbE NICs for their virtualization on blade servers. What are your thoughts on these findings?
Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com. He has over 17 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace. Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization. Kevin works for Dell as a Server Sales Engineer covering the Global Enterprise market.