I?d like to investigate the possibility of teaming the NICs in a new server I will be implementing shortly. The server will be setup with Windows Server 2003 standard and it will be our Veritas NetBackup v5 backup server. The server will have a 400GB RAID 5 array of 10000rpm SCSI disks, and it is my intention to have NetBackup backup to this disk array first, and then I will backup the disk-backup onto SDLT using an attached HP SDLT Autoloader.
I'm trying to get the best possible performance for the backups. I am assuming that the more bandwidth that I can provide for the server, the faster I can get the backups done (please correct me if this is not the case).
The server is an HP ProLiant DL380 G4 and it has 2 gigabit ports. What I?d really like to do is to purchase a couple of copper GBICs for our Cisco switch and then team the 2 onboard NICs using the GBICs.
Is this possible? Will I overload the switch backplane doing this (it?s a Cisco 3550)?
Is this something I should be looking into, or will I just move any bottlenecks from the NICs onto the switch end?
If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, they will be really appreciated.
May 27, 2005 11:54 AM
May 29, 2005 4:19 AM