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Leverage Networking to Ensure Your Hyperconverged Integrated Systems Can Support Demanding Workloads

Published: 19 August 2016

ID: G00312901

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Andrew Lerner , Evan Zeng


As adoption of hyperconverged integrated systems for mainstream workloads grows, network architects must ensure networking is more than a set of fat, dumb pipes. Demanding workloads such as enterprise-class databases and event/stream processing will drive HCIS networking into uncharted territory.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Reduce the Number of Required Switch Ports and Cables by Consolidating Traffic on Higher-Speed (10/25 Gbps) Ports
  • Require That Your HCIS Vendor's System Management Integrates With Your Switch's Network Operating System or Network Fabric Controller to Provide an Application/Workload-Specific View of System Performance
  • Connect Your HCIS Nodes Directly to Your Data Center Leaf Switches
  • Map Network Design to the Unique Internal Characteristics of Your Chosen HCIS and Supported Applications

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