5.4. Network Bonding

Network bonding refers to the combination of network interfaces on one host for redundancy and/or increased throughput. Redundancy is the key factor: we want to protect our virtualized environment from loss of service due to failure of a single physical link. This network bonding is the same as the Linux network bonding. Using network bonding in Oracle VM may require some switch configuration.

In Oracle VM, there are three modes of network bonding:

Figure 5.2. Network bonding

This figure illustrates network bonding.

During installation of Oracle VM Server, the network interface (selected when prompted for the management port) is configured as a bonded interface. The bond is created with only one interface. This is done because the reconfiguration of the management interface on the Oracle VM Servers is not supported. You can add a second interface to the already existing bond device without affecting the configuration of the original interface. This is illustrated in Figure 5.2, “Network bonding”, where a second network interface is added to bond0, the network bond created during installation. By default, the bonding mode is set to active-passive for the management network.

Figure 5.2, “Network bonding” also illustrates the configuration of a second bonded interface, bond1, which can be used for other network usage, such as the virtual machine function.