Applogic 3.0 Backbone Fabric Controller

9.5 Overall Score

We are going to go over all of the requirements of Applogic 3.0.

BFC Control Node

  • Intel/AMD Class processor, 2GHz or better
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 100GB of hard disk space
  • 2 x 1000MB Ethernet controller
  • CentOS 5.5 Installed
  • YUM repository (External, or Local)

Grid Nodes

  • X86, Multi-Core, EMT-64, VT-Enabled
  • Memory (Xen: 2GB Min, 4GB Recommended, ESX: 4GB Min, 8GB Recommended)
  • IPMI 1.5+
  • 2 Supported 1GB or 10GB adapters
  • Firewall access through port 22(SSH) to &
  • For VMware ESX, Ensure compatibility is supported by hypervisor (

BIOS Settings

  • AC Power Recovery = On
  • Backbone NIC set to PXE Boot
  • Backbone nic must be before disk
  • (Optional) IPMI over Lan = On

Network Hardware

  • Two Gigabit or 10GB switches (One for external, one for backbone network)
    1. Must have as many ports you have servers, Plus one.
    2. Must have total bandwidth that will provide you full 1G between any ports, at ANY given time
    3. Network HA requires you have 2 of each type of switch
    4. Spanning Tree Protocol disabled on Backbone switches
  • Power Management Network Swtich (IPMI 1.5 or better) Recommended
  • Use of VLAN tagging requires that the switch must support VLAN’s



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4 Comments on "Applogic 3.0 Backbone Fabric Controller"

  1. Eric Novikoff June 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the detailed step by step review. Did you notice that your article is missing parts of phrases in places, such as on the last page, second-to-last paragraph? The missing parts always seem to be at places where you’re delivering a punchline!

    • Michael Wallace June 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Hey Eric!

      This is a beta. I only wrote this to really explain how the BFC functioned, and what we can be looking forward to. Being a beta product I wouldn’t feel really good telling someone that this is a great product. I can only tell them what we see so far. So far is looks as its going to be a great product, but there are things here and there that I think need to get addressed before it becomes a great product. Ideas are good. But being a beta… it’s…. beta..


  2. Steve July 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    I’m just wondering what the new features are for V3? Apparently it’s supposed to have a lot more new things, but I haven’t see a list.

  3. allam January 13, 2012 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    So what was ther any improvements on adding new server do you have to recreate a grid each time you want to add new servers

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