Date Added: Feb 2010
Logicworks is a leading provider of highly reliable cloud hosting solutions. They explored multiple I/O fabric and storage options. Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based LAN and SAN I/O options were considered versus consolidated I/O options using InfiniBand and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). Enterprise-class FC storage array options were considered for highly available storage infrastructure and high SAN performance from VMs. The solution is presented from the perspective of the four goals Logicworks wanted to achieve with stress on I/O requirements and considerations. Use of 40Gbps InfiniBand with VMware ESX Server enabled replacing multiple GigE and FC adapters, switches, ports and cables with dual InfiniBand ports/adapters, switches, fewer cables. Logicworks was able to improve VM SAN performance and at the same time reduce costs.