Before and after
By mcraig on Mar 28, 2009
Pierre and Gilles have mostly rewired our central servers and labs to the new switch in Sun's Grenoble engineering center.
Here is the before picture:
And here is what it looks like now:
Why should anyone care? Well, now we have a 10Gbit backbone between labs, with 800Gbit throughput in the central switch. Pierre ran tests showing that a machine with 1Gbit Ethernet now actually can get 1Gbit throughput to a machine in another lab and network. That means we no longer have to have all equipment for a big test physically located in the same place.
That freedom is a good thing. My expectation is that we will soon be trunking 4 x 1Gbit Ethernet for some of our heavy load tests with OpenDS, for example.