HP Intelligent Resilient Framework (IRF) is an innovative technology for switch platform virtualization, which allows dramatic simplification of the design and operations of data center and campus Ethernet networks. IRF overcomes the limitations of traditional STP-based and legacy competitive designs by delivering new levels of network performance and resiliency.

HP Virtual Connect (VC) is an industry standard-based implementation of server-edge virtualization. It cleanly separates server enclosure administration from LAN and SAN administration and allows you to add, move, or replace servers without impacting production LAN and SAN availability.

This white paper provides detailed configuration and testing information of common usage scenarios using HP 5820 and 5800 Switch Series utilizing IRF to form a logical switch, which connects to the server HP BladeSystem-integrated VC modules.

HP IRF and VC setup configurations

· HP 5820/5800 Switch Series and IRF link setup from two standalone switches (on page 10)

· 5820/5800 Switch Series BFD MAD link setup (on page 13)

· LLDP neighbor discovering (on page 14)

· LACP port bundling (long timeout and short timeout) (on page 16)

Failover tests

· 5820 port-channel (bridge-aggregation interface connecting to VC) failure (on page 22)

· 5820 switch failure (on page 24)

· 5820 IRF link failure to test MAD detection (on page 25)

· VC primary module failure (on page 28)

Images of HP Intelligent Management Center and HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter network monitoring

· HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter plug-in screen capture of network monitoring of VC, vSwitch, and access switch (5820) (on page 29)

· HP Networking HP Intelligent Management Center (IMC) screen capture of 5820 and VC monitoring (on page 32)

Find the whitepaper here.

Happy reading!