Network and switch requirements

The switches used to carry NetApp HCI traffic require specific configuration to ensure a successful deployment. See your switch documentation for specific instructions on implementing each of the following requirements for your environment.

NetApp HCI deployment requires three network segments, one for each of the following types of traffic: Depending on the NetApp H-Series compute and storage node models and the planned cabling configuration, you can physically separate these networks using separate switches or logically separate them using VLANs. For most deployments, however, you need to logically separate these networks (and any other additional virtual machine networks) using VLANs.

Ensure that the management networks for storage and compute nodes have network routes between them. These networks must have gateways assigned, and there must be a route between the gateways.

NetApp HCI has the following switch requirements:

All NetApp HCI nodes provide additional out-of-band management capabilities via a dedicated management port. NetApp H300S, H300E, H500S, H500E, H700S, H700E and H410C nodes also allow for shared IPMI access via Port A. As a best practice, you should ease remote management of NetApp HCI by configuring out-of-band management for all nodes in your environment.