EVB/VEPA support

Force10 is introducing an implementation of EVB/VEPA, which allows Force10 switches to communicate seamlessly with virtual switches on servers in a virtualized environment. This capability brings a new level of visibility and control to Force10 switches. For example, if a virtual machine is activated with certain VLAN characteristics, EVB allows the Force10 switch to process packets from that machine so they are directed to the appropriate VLAN. Without this capability, administrators either don’t use VLANs at all, or enable all VLANs on all ports, or they provision VLANs individually by hand, which places a practical limit on the number of VLANs that can be used. EVB/VEPA provides an option to automate the assigning of VLANs on a switch without having an operator involved.