VMware Beaconing

I just read Beaconing Demystified: Using Beaconing to Detect Link Failures, and I have to say I am still confused. Why do this?

With 3 or more uplinks in a team, we can pin point failures of a single uplink. With 2 uplinks in a team, we can detect downstream link failure, but we don’t know which one is good and which bad.

Now the question I have is this: What does this magical beaconing proprietary widget do that could not be done with RIP, ARP pings, or even a ping to the common gateway or switch IP? As far as I can tell, this is just VMware poorly reinventing a well-worn wheel, and causing confusion in the process.

Don’t get me wrong, if it serves some compelling reason that is not served by existing protocols, then that’s great… but can someone please explain it to me?

December 14, 2008 • Tags: , , • Posted in: Technology, VMware

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