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Status Not under consideration
Workspace PowerVM
Created by Guest
Created on Mar 17, 2016

Enabling "TRUE LOAD BALANCING" for SEAs in dual VIOS setup

Currently in a dual virtual I/O server setup with SEA load sharing configured, each SEA is configured with more than one underlying virtual trunk Ethernet adapter. During the handshaking phase b/w the virtual I/O servers for establishing load sharing, each of the SEA (priority=1 & priority=2) would own half of the number of trunk adapters and would start bridging the traffic for VLANs mentioned within. The distribution of trunk adapters b/w SEAs is all dynamic (understand that may even change during next managed system power recycle) with no manual control. On one hand this offers a touch less operation and on the other takes away the control an administrator would want to have over distribution of VLANs based on his understanding of bandwidth requirements / usage.

In a typical DC environment there would be couple of VLANs (production, backup, management, admin.....) Each of the VLAN would have different bandwidth requirements and overlapped bridging via same VIOS may result into limited network capability / resources, while the other VIOS might still carry enough unused bandwidth (as might be bridging only low bandwidth VLANs). While the name is load sharing, this may actually not result into true load sharing.

The enhancement requested is to allow an administrator to have control to create affinity for specific TRUNK adapter association with a VIOS, i.e non default control over VLAN distribution. The default behavior for load sharing may continue as is, for those who may not wish to leverage this new enhancement.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Oct 15, 2019

    .We just published a blog related to load balancing in the PowerVM linked group. Please read the blog

  • Guest
    Sep 20, 2019

    We just published a blog on Load Balancing using SEA. Please read the blog and hopefully that would address your requirements.!/wiki/Power%20Systems/page/SEA%20Load%20Sharing

  • Guest
    Mar 6, 2019

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - PowerVM
    Component - PowerVM
    Operating system - Not Applicable
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - PowerVM VIOS
    Component - Product functionality
    Operating system - IBM AIX
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Apr 19, 2017

    This RFE needs to be assessed by phyp team.

  • Guest
    May 15, 2016

    Hi Team,
    It is been more than two month since this request was submitted but have received no response so far !

    Am engaged with another financial client at UK these days and facing the same query.

    Please treat a little promptly and respond / action.

    NOTE : This request defaulting into private category and am not able to request impacted client to vote for this and share their comment at it on the portal. Am sure this can not attract any external vote this way and request to please consider this accordingly

    Lokesh Bhatt

  • Guest
    Mar 30, 2016

    Hi Team,
    As a part of my job role with IBM SYSTEMS Labs Services, I often get chance to interact with clients having significant POWER install base and often get to hear their feedback on our products and technologies.

    The current RFE, I have raised is based on the feedback received from Senior Administrator of an MNC bank. The raised request for enhancement is towards ensuring throughput truly balanced across network infrastructure and to make better usage of networking resources invested in.

    Not sure, if this is a little too early to check for on the status of the same.

    Please suggest / revert for any further required information on this.

  • Guest
    Mar 18, 2016

    Creating a new RFE based on Community RFE #85596 in product PowerVM VIOS.