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Is it possible to isolate workloads on a select set of resources in the appliance? If so, are there any risks associated with designing the appliance in the manner? For example, if a customer needs to dedicate a VM to EFD drives while allowing the remaining disks to be shared with all other VMs.
VxRail optimizes it self for performance - trying to limit resources on a per VM basis goes against the design principle.You end up sub-optimizing the appliance. You can, however use QoS limits to fence off a potentially "noisy" or lower priority workload from the others.
Does the vSphere in the VxRail include VMware FT (Fault Tolerance)? I am not talking about VSAN fault tolerance, this is specifically VMware FT using a secondary VM sync image on a secondary node.
Also, are the networking requirements for the VxRail the same as the requirements were for the VSPEX Blue? Why I ask is that Nexus and Brocade 10GB RJ45 are not very cheap switches although if the requirements are the same as VSPEX Blue, you can search and get other more economical switches that support the requirements.
Where can we get more technical information on the VxRail and the networking requirements?
vLabs require close to GA code so will be available at GA in March, we will have some interactive demos available shortly.
It does not. Any 10GigE TOR that supports IPv4, IPv6, Multicast (only on the ports VxRail connects to), IGMP Snooper, IGMP Querier should work. I've installed on Cisco Nexus and Brocade VDX 6740 switches without issues. The VDX6740 also has some integration into LogInsight (which is also bundled with VxRail), so it's a good fit.
Ultimately, we're looking for those features, and will support the switch vendor the customer chooses (assuming it supports the correct features).