The reason I went with the Netgear XS724EM was that it met all the requirements that I needed for the SDDC lab.
- 1U short depth rack mount
- 24 10G ports
- Jumbo frames (9k MTU)
- LAG capable
- 802.1q L2 VLAN capable
This allowed me to connect all ports for the 4 Supermicro E200-8D including the OOO management port, the dual 1G ports and the dual 10G ports, leaving 4 free to be used for the other connectivity.
This left the remaining 2 ports which are shared between ports 23T/24T (copper) and 23F/24F (fiber) to potentially use for uplinks.
Cabling wise each server is directly connected using CAT6a cables through the middle of the case with the cable connectivity like this.
|Port 1||Port 3||Port 5||Port 7||Port 9|
|Port 11||Port 13||Port 15||Port 17||Port 19|
|Port 2||Port 4||Port 6||Port 8||Port 10|
|Port 12||Port 14||Port 16||Port 18||Port 20|