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Redundant Physical Connection for Virtual Servers (Erl, Naserpour)

How can a virtual server be kept connected when its physical connection fails?

Redundant Physical Connection for Virtual Servers

Problem

If the virtual switch uplink port used by a virtual server fails, the virtual server becomes isolated and unable to connect to the network or any of its hosted IT resources.

Solution

A redundant, physical backup network connection is established for virtual servers

Application

A second physical network card is added to the physical host and is configured as a hot standby uplink port for the virtual switch.
Redundant Physical Connection for Virtual Servers: Redundant uplinks are installed on a physical server hosting several virtual servers. When one fails, another takes over to maintain the virtual servers’ active network connections.

Redundant uplinks are installed on a physical server hosting several virtual servers. When one fails, another takes over to maintain the virtual servers’ active network connections.

NIST Reference Architecture Mapping

This pattern relates to the highlighted parts of the NIST reference architecture, as follows:

Redundant Physical Connection for Virtual Servers: NIST Reference Architecture Mapping