Network fabric

The following diagram illustrates the physical and virtual L2 underlay networking schema for the final state of the Mirantis Container Cloud bare metal deployment.


The network fabric reference configuration is a spine/leaf with 2 leaf ToR switches and one out-of-band (OOB) switch per rack.

Reference configuration uses the following switches for ToR and OOB:

  • Cisco WS-C3560E-24TD has 24 of 1 GbE ports. Used in OOB network segment.

  • Dell Force 10 S4810P has 48 of 1/10GbE ports. Used as ToR in Common/PXE network segment.

In the reference configuration, all odd interfaces from NIC0 are connected to TOR Switch 1, and all even interfaces from NIC0 are connected to TOR Switch 2. The Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) interfaces of the servers are connected to OOB Switch 1.

The following recommendations apply to all types of nodes:

  • Use the Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) bonding mode with MC-LAG domains configured on leaf switches. This corresponds to the 802.3ad bond mode on hosts.

  • Use ports from different multi-port NICs when creating bonds. This makes network connections redundant if failure of a single NIC occurs.

  • Configure the ports that connect servers to the PXE network with PXE VLAN as native or untagged. On these ports, configure LACP fallback to ensure that the servers can reach DHCP server and boot over network.