Selecting a network topology

When cabling NetApp HCI nodes, you have the option of using different network cable configurations depending on your needs. For each compute node, you can use all six network ports, with different types of traffic assigned to each pair of ports, or you can use two ports with all types of traffic assigned to the ports. Storage nodes use the standard four-cable configuration. Your choice affects which compute nodes are selectable in the inventory.

Before you begin

If you choose the two-cable network topology for compute nodes, consider the following requirements:


  1. On the Network Topology page, select a compute node topology that fits the way you installed compute nodes for NetApp HCI:
    • 6 Cable Option: The six-cable option provides dedicated ports for each type of traffic (management, virtual machine, and storage).
    • 2 Cable Option: The two-cable option combines management, virtual machine, and storage traffic on two bonded ports.
  2. Optional: If you selected 6 Cable Option, you can optionally enable vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS).
    Selecting VDS configures a distributed switch, enabling simplified, centralized management of virtual machine network configuration after NetApp HCI deployment is complete. If you choose this option, you must have a vSphere Enterprise Plus license ready to apply after deployment. The two-cable option requires VDS, and automatically enables it.
  3. Required: When finished, click Continue.