Netgear XS724EM

Netgear XS724EM

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 GL-AR750S and the NEO2.

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.

ESX-VSAN1

Port 1Port 3Port 5Port 7Port 9
BMC1G-A1G-B10G-A10G-B

ESX-VSAN2

Port 11Port 13Port 15Port 17Port 19
BMC1G-A1G-B10G-A10G-B

ESX-VSAN3

Port 2Port 4Port 6Port 8Port 10
BMC1G-A1G-B10G-A10G-B

ESX-VSAN4

Port 12Port 14Port 16Port 18Port 20
BMC1G-A1G-B10G-A10G-B