Hello. I am Joe Hardy. I am a
compute solution architect at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Today I
want to talk to you about the new fabric choices available in HPE Synergy.
Synergy has continued to deploy within its 10U frame architecture and we
continue to use the master satellite architecture, which you would have seen
detailed in some other videos. What has changed is that we now have some new
capability for slightly faster interconnects within this environment.
So, instead of a 40 GB master module, we now have the ability to run at 100
GB. These are in the same form factor, so they look identical. There is a small
interconnect module that fits at the back of the master module frames. You
typically deploy them in pairs and then we would use a satellite module instead.
Now the differences between the 40 and 100 GB module is the adoption of the
QSFP standard for the little connection types on the modules
themselves. And these are able to support 100 GB or four times 25
connections. Or they can be used to the existing transceiver portfolio to
connect in at 10 and at 40 GB. We also, as part of this, have deployed a new 25
and 50 GB satellite module, which acts as a slave to this master module and allows
the Synergy fabric domain to scale greater. So typically within a Synergy
environment, we would deploy a pair of slave modules and a pair of master
modules in the same frames. But you also have the ability to scale out to a
greater number of frames, potentially up to five if we want to.
But also, I can start by this scaling here with a pair of satellite modules
connected into those same master modules and that would be able to run at
50 GB. And if I go beyond this level of scalability and add in another
two frames with satellite modules, this would be able to run at
25. So I have got a much bigger domain to scale within these units now.
That also meant that we have got a new portfolio of network cards
within the modules as well andthese again run at those same speeds 25
and 50 GB, for those reasons. There are some new features within
Virtual Connect, as well. We have got support for converged RDMA over
Ethernet or a RoCE Standard, which allows us to connect in much faster
fabrics for things like big data workloads, transactional databases,
those sort of things. We have added enhanced VLAN support as well, so
that we can span across a greater number of networks and interact more
closely with the leading software-defined networking providers.
We have also got the ability to carve up a greater number of physical
functions within a standard converged network adapter that runs
within Synergy. So one of these little adapters typically has two ports, and
those ports can be separated out into Ethernet traffic and into dedicated
fibre channel traffic as well. Now, from the latest release of
Virtual Connect we are also able to support an additional pair of these
connections from each module. So this goes from me having
three Ethernet connections per port to being able to have six Ethernet
connections per converged network adapter and two
Fibre Channel for a total of eight physical functions per network
interface. That really increases the flexibility on the network
choices when I am deploying new infrastructure into Synergy. It makes
it a lot easier to grow the environment in the future. Please check the links below for a
number of white papers and further videos on the topic of Virtual
Connect scalability. I hope you found this video useful. Thank you very much.