Deploying and Managing Virtual Interface Cards
he UCS-VIC-M82-8P is a virtual interface card (VIC) that is used in the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS). This card provides 8 ports for network connectivity and is compatible with a wide range of operating systems and virtualization environments.
Deployment of the VIC requires an understanding of the UCS infrastructure, including the fabric interconnects, servers, and storage arrays. Once the VIC is installed, it is managed through the UCS Manager, which provides a single point of management for all elements in the UCS environment.
The VIC supports advanced network features such as Quality of Service (QoS), network security, and network performance optimization. The card uses advanced technologies such as SR-IOV, which provides direct access to physical network adapters, and virtual NICs (vNICs), which allows multiple virtual machines to share a single network adapter.
To ensure optimal network performance, administrators can configure the VIC with different settings, such as setting the number of vNICs, adjusting the maximum transmission unit (MTU) size, and enabling features such as flow control and jumbo frames. The VIC also supports network redundancy and load balancing, which can be configured to ensure high availability and reliability of the network infrastructure.
Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) Support
The UCS-VIC-M82-8P Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 8 Ports Network Adapter provides support for Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) as well as for traditional Ethernet networking. This allows for consolidation of both storage and networking traffic over a single unified fabric, reducing the need for multiple separate networks and cabling.
FCoE provides a high-speed, low latency, and lossless communication path for storage traffic, allowing for efficient utilization of network bandwidth. This results in improved performance and reduced costs by reducing the number of required network adapters and cabling.
In addition to FCoE support, the UCS-VIC-M82-8P card also provides virtualized network interface capabilities, enabling the creation of multiple virtual network interfaces on a single physical adapter. This allows for fine-grained network resource allocation, improving network utilization and flexibility.
Virtual Interface Card Models and their Comparison
Virtual Interface Cards (VICs) are network adapters designed for use with Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System) servers. They provide virtualized I/O for the servers, enabling multiple virtual NICs (network interface controllers) to be created within a single physical NIC. This allows administrators to configure multiple virtual NICs with different network settings, such as VLANs, traffic policies, and QoS settings, while still using a single physical NIC.
The UCS-VIC-M82-8P is a specific model of VIC offered by Cisco, with 8 ports and support for 10 Gbps Ethernet. It is a modular adapter that can be installed in a Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server, providing network connectivity to the server. The VIC-M82-8P supports multiple virtual NICs (vNICs) and virtual HBA (host bus adapter) interfaces, allowing multiple virtual interfaces to be created within a single physical NIC.
Compared to other VIC models, the VIC-M82-8P offers several advantages. Its 8 ports provide increased network connectivity, and its 10 Gbps Ethernet support offers higher bandwidth for high-performance applications. The VIC-M82-8P also supports virtualized I/O, allowing administrators to create multiple virtual NICs and virtual HBAs with different network settings. This provides a flexible and efficient solution for managing network connectivity in a virtualized environment..
- Manufacturer Cisco Systems, Inc
- Manufacturer Part Number UCS-VIC-M82-8P
- Brand Name Cisco
- Product Model VIC 1280
- Product Name UCS Virtual Interface Card 1280
- Product Type 10Gigabit Ethernet Card
- Total Number of Ports 8
- Media & Performance
- Media Type Supported Optical Fiber
Network & Communication
- Network Technology 10GBase-X
- Device Supported PC
About Refurbished Products
A network adapter is also called a network interface card is a plug-in card that serves to allow computers to both transmit and receive data on a local network. It is a component of a computer's internal hardware that facilitates communication over a network.
In a more current context, network adapters will refer to an Ethernet adapter where the Ethernet circuitry is built into motherboards of the latest desktops and laptop computers. Other times, a network adapter may also refer to a wireless (Wi-Fi) adapter.
In all instances, the adapter allows a computer to connect with another computer, a server, or other networking devices through a LAN connection. The use of a network adapter is not limited to wired connections as it is used for wireless networks. The adapters for wired networks come with a RJ-45 port that may use either the twisted or untwisted pair cables for network connectivity. For the wireless adapters, the network connection is facilitated through a built-in antenna or an externally connected antenna. Both the wired and wireless network adapters support the popular LAN protocols including TCP/IP. We have 1-port, 2-port, 4-port, 6-port, 8-port, and 16-port options that support speeds of 10, 25, 40, or even 100 Gigabits.
The plug-in network interface cards (NICs) are normally used in high-performance machines especially if a faster Ethernet standard is relatively new and available but is yet to become mainstream. In fact, the major difference between network adapters lies in the network protocol it supports.
We have the different types of network adapters necessary for building computer-to-computer networks that don't have a switch or hub. All the network adapters are fairly inexpensive and readily adaptable to different applications within a network. Some of the common types available are:
Network adapters common types
- Desktop Network Interface Card: This adapter is usually connected to a PCI or PCIe slot, whichever is available on the motherboard of your desktop computer. You will need to open your computer's case and it, therefore, presents the most difficult installation method. The PCIe slot is generally found in new computers.
- PC Card or PCMCIA Card: PCMCIA is the abbreviation for Personal Computer Memory Card International Association. The name has undergone changes over time to be referred to as a PC Card or ExpressCard. For dimensions, the PC card is almost similar in size to a credit card but is significantly thicker. The PC card is connected to a PC or PCMCIA card slot in your desktop computer or laptop computer.
- USB adapter: This network adapter is typically a small device, similar to a thumb drive, with a USB interface. Installation is easy and straightforward since it is plugged into the USB port of your desktop or laptop computer or other network devices that have a USB port.
- Wireless game adapters also referred to as media adapters, are connected to the older game consoles and home entertainment devices so as to act as a bridge to Wi-Fi capability. They help expand functionality on these entertainment devices through connections to the internet.
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