Solution Note:
Networking with Dell Force10 and Cumulus

Configuring a scalable, low-latency leaf-spine architecture

As datacenter devices keep getting faster, make sure your network can provide enough bandwidth to keep up. Thanks to complementary software-defined networking (SDN) technology from Cumulus and integration with orchestration platforms such as Salt, Ansible, Chef, or Puppet, a Dell Force10 networking solution can deliver predictability, linear scalability, and maximum throughput.

In this document, we illustrate various ways to lay out a leaf-spine network to achieve scale and density, configuring Dell XC Nutanix clusters ranging from six switches and 24 servers up to 194 switches and 4,224 servers. Designing and implementing a resilient and scalable network architecture ensures consistent performance and availability when scaling Nutanix Dell XC appliances.

Download this free publication for:

  • Sample networking designs for small, medium, and large deployments.
  • Detailed coverage of Dell XC 6320, XC 630, and XC730 servers and Dell S4810, S6000, and Z9500 switches.
  • Guidance for setting up a multilink aggregation group (MLAG), virtual link trunk (VLT), or chassis link aggregation group (CLAG).
  • Practical examples of spine and leaf switch configuration on the Force10 Operating System (FTOS) and Cumulus, respectively.