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Understanding NIC Bonding with Linux

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Network card bonding is an effective way to increase the available bandwidth, if it is done carefully. Without a switch that supports 802.3ad, you must have the right hardware to make it work. In this article we will explain how bonding works so you can deploy the right mode for your situation.

Most administrators assume that bonding multiple network cards together instantly results in double the bandwidth and high-availability in case a link goes down. Unfortunately, this is not true. Let's start with the most common example, where you have a server with high network load, and wish to allow more than 1Gb/s...

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