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Understanding Partitions

Partitions provide a way to allocate specified virtual and physical resources within your QFabric system. This topic covers:

QFabric System Default Partition

By default, all equipment and virtual resources in the QFabric system belong to the default partition. As a result, the QFabric system in its initial state has a single broadcast domain that is administered by a single main administrator. Figure 1 shows a topology with the default settings—a single collection that contains all the devices in the QFabric system.

Figure 1: QFabric System Topology - Default PartitionQFabric System Topology - Default Partition

The initial release of the QFabric system supports a single default partition. All equipment and resources belong to the default partition.

A partition provides the following functions:

  • Fault isolation and separation from other partitions at the control plane level.

  • A separate configuration domain for the Node devices within the partition.

  • A Layer 2 domain in which MAC learning takes place, and members of the same VLAN can communicate with each other. To provide network connectivity between partitions, you need to enable Layer 3 routing by way of a routed VLAN interface (RVI).