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Chapter 11: Managing Resource Allocation > Regulating Network I/O Utilization

Regulating Network I/O Utilization

The resource pools I've shown you so far can only be used to control CPU and memory usage. However, vSphere offers another type of resource pool, a network resource pool that allows you to control network utilization. Using network resource pools —to which are assigned shares and limits —you can control outgoing network traffic. This feature is referred to as vSphere Network I/O Control (NetIOC).

OUTGOING TRAFFIC ONLY, AND ONLY ON A DISTRIBUTED SWITCH

vSphere Network I/O Control applies only to outgoing network traffic and is available only on a vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) version 4.1.0 or later. Refer to Chapter 5 for more information on setting up or configuring a vDS.

When you enable vSphere NetIOC, vSphere activates six predefined network resource pools:


  

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