About active/active and active/standby configurations

When determining which Virtual Connect network configuration to use (active/active or active/standby), consider the type of network traffic the enclosure must support. For example:

  • Will there be a high volume of server-to-server traffic (east/west) in the enclosure?

  • Is the traffic flow in the enclosure mainly inbound and outbound (north/south)?

By considering network traffic patterns, you can maximize the connected bandwidth or minimize server-to-server traffic leaving the enclosure.

Use an active/standby configuration if network traffic is between systems in the same enclosure (east/west). This configuration minimizes or eliminates any server-to-server communications from leaving the enclosure.

Use an active/active configuration if network traffic is inbound and outbound (north/south) of the enclosure.