Isolating the storage or replication traffic helps enhance the network performance in the data center, because the traffic that storage or replication generates does not impact other types of traffic. It also ensures that sensitive information is segregated. Traffic isolation also facilitates monitoring and troubleshooting.

Configure the appliances

To isolate the network traffic you will create a separate network - starting from the physical network adapter of the HYPER appliance all the way to the interface on the SynetoOS virtual machines. You will need:

  • Separate physical interface(s) or VLAN support
  • On ESXi: separate vSwitches and portgroups - one for each type of traffic
  • On SynetoOS: A network interface added for each type of traffic

Step 1: Connect the physical adapters

Connect the network interfaces on the HYPER appliance to the physical network. For redundancy purposes, connect two ports.

Step 2: Add a new vSwitch

Connect to the ESXi hypervisor on the HYPER appliance. Create a new virtual switch

Go to Networking -> Virtual switches -> Add standard virtual switch

vSwitch NameUse any name you want for the vSwitch. eg: vSwitch2, vSwitchT, etc
Uplink 1Select the physical adapter to use for the uplink
Add uplinkFor physical redundancy, add more than one uplink

Step 3: Add a new portgroup

Go to Networking -> Port groups -> Add port group. Add a portgroup in which you will connect the virtual network adapters of the SynetoOS virtual machine. Select the newly added virtual switch.

IMPORTANT: VLAN IDs that are required for your network configuration are defined on the portgroups in ESXi.

Step 4: Configure SynetoOS network adapter

Add a new network adapter to the SynetoOS virtual machine. Connect the network adapter to the new port group.

IMPORTANT: You can add a new network card only when the SynetoOS virtual machine is shut down!

Connect to the SynetoOS web UI management interface. Go to Secondary Menu (Wheel Menu) -> Adapters.

Select the newly added network adapter. Click Edit and assign an IP address. Modify the MTU to enable Jumbo Frames if wanted. Ensure that all equipments have Jumbo Frames enabled. 

Step 5: Configure each appliance

Repeat the previous steps on your HYPER appliances.

Replication traffic

The replication traffic is transported to the IP address that you choose on the target HYPER appliance. To enable the replication traffic across a particular network: Create a replication target using the IP address of your choiuce on the HYPER appliance where you want to replicate. 

Go to the Datastores page, click on Replication targets

Storage traffic

For transporting storage traffic, a SynetoOS IP address and the IP address of the VMKernel NIC on ESXi that will accept storage traffic must be in the same network.