I hope I posted this in the right place! Apologies if not, I will happily remove and repost in the right place. But I hope someone can help.
I have 2 x SGE2010 switches, currently running 2 seperate networks, and a new one just arrived. The two networks have reached thier capacity, and both need the expansion that this new one would provide.
Currently, we have our servers multi-homed, such that (for example) ServerA has 2 interfaces, each 1Gbit, and each interface plugged into switch.
Now before someone suggests buying a Backplane/Blade style switch - I have no choice. This is the kit I have to work with. So I need to make it work as best I can
So I have a couple of questions, which I can't seem to find answer to:
- In stacking mode, the ports used for the stack - are they used for transferring configuration info only? or do they server as the bandwidth for the inter-switch traffic?
- If I change the server configuration, creating a 2-port bonded link (so 2Gbit) and then connect one link into switch A, and 1 into switch B, can I create a LAG group that has members on different physical switches (but the same Vlan)?
- How would YOU interconnect the switches? Stack them? or just use LAG groups for the interconnects?
I could (if the interconnecting bandwidth is sufficient) reconfigure the 2 LANs into one, bridging the 3 switches. Or continue with the split, and just VLan the new one. Again, bandwidth is a BIG issue - all our users are either Audio engineers, or Graphics designers. That is why we went down the seperate LAN/Link route.
Just to confuse things a bit more, we have a further 3 SRW2048 switches. I know these are not 'stackable', so I will just use LAG groups like we currently are.