- May 29, 2011
LACP just makes it so that some traffic might get bound to a single NIC.
Yeah, but for the situation described, multiple clients with growth, LACP is an ideal option. The only other possibility would be to get a switch with a 40Gbps uplink, and run 40Gbps to it.
Something cheap like a used Dell N4032 (copper) or N4032F (SFP+) with the QSFP module (wanna say 5KFVW). Or just go way big with the N4064/N4064F. We've got some of the N4032F's here and they're nice but a bit noisy.
Unfortunately I have no use case for trying to stick 40GbE in a FreeNAS box. I believe I recall that the Chelsio T580-CR is supported, along with one of the Intel cards. It'd be hella-fun to try but I wouldn't want to be the one responsible for the mess if it didn't work.
Take that as a cautionary suggestion of a maybe-possibility.