Mar 202008
 


IP Multipathing (IPMP) in Sun Solaris enables the load balancing capabilities and resilience for Network connections with multple Network Interface Cards (NIC).

I discussed here about providing resilience for network connections with multiple NICs on the system. Now, we take it to the next step and make the network connections not only resilient but also load balance the network connections such that both the NICs participating in IPMP are active and forwards traffic. This improves the network throughput and thereby efficiency of the server especially if it is a critical system serving multiple connections.
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Mar 202008
 


IP Multipathing (IPMP) in Sun Solaris enables the load balancing capabilities and resilience for Network connections with multple Network Interface Cards (NIC).

IPMP is mostly used to provide resilience with network connections wherein a Sun Solaris Server with multiple NICs can be configured such that if the primary NIC fails it automatically failover to the secondary NIC on the system. Also, if it is a multi-switch environment then each Network Interface participating in IPMP can be connection to two different switches such that a network connection failure due to a NIC failure or a switch failure can be avoided.

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Mar 192008
 

IP packet forwarding is the process of routing packets between network interfaces on one system. A packet arriving on one network interface and addressed to a host on a different network is forwarded to the appropriate interface. While this is a job for the network router, Servers with multiple interfaces connected to different network can perform this action as well. This behaviour as a router is a default in Sun Solaris Operating Systems.

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