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NPAR Dell - QLogic October 2011. *Based on QLogic VMflex TM Technology Dell and QLogic Drive Next-generation Blade Server I/O Virtualization with NPAR*

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1 NPAR Dell - QLogic October 2011

2 *Based on QLogic VMflex TM Technology Dell and QLogic Drive Next-generation Blade Server I/O Virtualization with NPAR* October, 20112

3 Agenda Why NPAR (NIC Partitioning)? Highlights Operations Configurations October, 20113 PowerEdge M1000e Modular Blade Enclosure PowerConnect M8424-k Converged Network Switch PowerEdge M-Series Blade Server QME8242-k

4 Why NPAR? Lowers TCO Consolidates cables, infrastructure, and I/O Saves server resources Reduces operational complexity Flexible SAN and LAN personality VM to VM NIC traffic without external switch Efficient I/O Utilization Allows dynamic bandwidth provisioning Minimizes bandwidth waste Scales I/O workloads and connections Scale-Out performance for virtualized servers Provides finer control for SLA / on demand services Simpler Deployment Solution not dependent on OS or switch Configuration at pre-boot or OS level October, 20114 Maximize Data Center Efficiency

5 Key Attributes No OS or BIOS changes required NIC controls transmit flow rate User configurable Dynamic bandwidth allocation Storage and NIC personalities (function type) Full offload for iSCSI and FCoE with NPAR Concurrent FCoE, iSCSI and NIC support Minimum bandwidth allows fine grain QoS October, 20115 OS & Switch Agnostic Solution Delivers Highest Levels of Interoperability

6 Up to 4 Physical Functions on each physical port PF0 NIC* NPAR Theory of Operation October, 20116 PF2 NIC PF3 NIC PF4 iSCSI / NIC PF5 iSCSI / NIC PF6 FCoE / NIC PF7 FCoE / NIC PF1 NIC* Physical Port 0 Physical Port 1 PF4 & PF5 iSCSI PF2 & PF3 Disabled PF6 & PF7 FCoE PF0 & PF1 NIC* Default Function State NIC* Function Always Enabled

7 NPAR Theory of Operation Function Number Function Type Physical Port Number 0NIC*0 1 1 2NIC0 3 1 4iSCSI/ NIC0 5 1 6FCoE/ NIC0 7 1 * Functions 0 & 1 (Port 0 and Port 1) Always present Always NIC 2 & 3 - NIC or disabled 4 & 5 - iSCSI, NIC or disabled 6 & 7 - FCoE, NIC or disabled One iSCSI and/or FCoE per Physical Port NIC, iSCSI, & FCoE have fixed function numbers Functions 2 -7 can be independently disabled October, 20117

8 NPAR Configuration Options Configuration UtilitiesPre Boot Utility WindowsProperty SheetQCC GUIQCC CLIQLogic Fast!UTIL / Dell USC Linux-QCC GUIQCC CLIQLogic Fast!UTIL / Dell USC ESXvCenter Plugin-QCC CLIQLogic Fast!UTIL / Dell USC ESXivCenter Plugin--QLogic Fast!UTIL / Dell USC October, 20118 Enable / Disable NPAR Functions Change Function Type (Personality) Allocate Min and Max Bandwidth

9 NPAR Configuration QLogic Utility October, 20119 Invoke QLogic Fast!UTIL during POST Type Q Invoke QLogic Fast!UTIL during POST Type Q

10 NPAR Configuration QLogic Utility October, 201110 Configuration Utility Change Function Type Allocate Min Bandwidth Save Changes and Reboot

11 NPAR Configuration Dell USC October, 201111 UEFI  F10  USC  Advanced Configuration  Select Port for NPAR

12 NPAR Configuration Dell USC October, 201112

13 NPAR Configuration Dell USC October, 201113

14 NPAR Configuration Windows Properties Page October, 201114 NPAR Configured for three NICs and FCoE NPAR Configured for three NICs and iSCSI

15 NPAR Configuration QCC GUI Web based tool provides same interface for Windows and Linux October, 201115

16 NPAR Configuration QCC CLI CLI tool provides same interface for Windows and Linux October, 201116

17 Server Port 0 NPAR Configuration ESX October, 201117 VM p-q vDisk Switch Switch Port Uplink Hypervisor eSwitch PF 0 PHY TX/RX Port 1 eSwitch PHY TX/RX PF 2PF 4PF 6PF 1PF 3PF 5PF 7 VM n-o vDisk VM l-m vNIC l-m vSwitch VM i-j vNIC i-j vSwitch VM g-h vNIC g-h vSwitch VM e-f vNIC e-f vSwitch VM c-d vNIC c-d vSwitch VM a-b vNIC a-b vSwitch Independently configured for each port eSwitch used for VM to VM NIC communication iSCSIFCoE SCSI Layer

18 Server NPAR Configuration ESX October, 201118 VM vNIC VM vNIC VM vNIC VM vNIC VM vNIC Switch Hypervisor vSwitch NIC Port 0 eSwitch PHY TX/RX VM vNIC vSwitch PF 4 PF 6 VM1 vNIC vSwitch VM2 vNIC PF 2 PF 0 NIC Port 1

19 NPAR Configuration – vCenter Plugin (1 of 2) October, 201119 Enable NIC Function Type for Function_2 using pull down menu Save NPAR configuration Reboot to initiate change

20 NPAR Configuration - vCenter Plugin (2 of 2) October, 201120 Enabled with NIC Function_2

21 NPAR Configuration Bandwidth Allocation Minimum Bandwidth Minimum guaranteed bandwidth Specified as % of link speed Total of all partitions is up to Max bandwidth link May exceed specified Min value up to Max value If excess bandwidth available on the physical port Maximum Bandwidth Up to the Max allowed bandwidth Specified as % of link speed Not allowed to exceed Max value Even if excess bandwidth available on physical port October, 201121

22 NPAR Configuration Bandwidth Allocation using Dell USC October, 201122

23 NPAR Configuration Bandwidth Allocation with Dell USC October, 201123 From Global Bandwidth Allocation Select the Partition Default Allocation Shown Set Relative Bandwidth Weighting Set Maximum Bandwidth

24 NPAR Configuration Bandwidth Allocation with Dell USC October, 201124 Configure Minimum Bandwidth Configure Maximum Bandwidth

25 NPAR Configuration Bandwidth Allocation October, 201125 RT Click Function 0, to Enable Bandwidth Configuration Window Configure Min and Max Value Dynamically

26 NPAR Configuration Bandwidth Allocation with vCenter Plugin October, 201126

27 NPAR Configuration Oversubscription Without Oversubscription Bandwidth Fixed Unused bandwidth is wasted With Oversubscription Bandwidth Unused bandwidth available Can be used automatically Partitions use it when needed October, 201127 An NPAR enabled 10Gb port can be configured to allow each NIC partition to claim up to 100% of bandwidth that is going unused by the other NIC partitions on the same port

28 October, 201128


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