000032263 - How to calculate NIC performance on a virtual RSA Security Analytics Decoder

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Article Number000032263
Applies ToRSA Product Set:  Security Analytics
RSA Product/Service Type:  Decoder (Virtual)
Platform: CentOS
Platform (Other): VMware
IssueRSA does not publish specifications for VMware NIC performance, as a NIC by definition on VMware is a software boundary rather than a hardware boundary.
As such, any calculations for NIC performance are entirely dictated by the VWware platform itself.
This article provides information on how to calculate VMware NIC performance as published by VMware, as a courtesy only, with no expressed or implied warranties.
ResolutionVMware published a whitepaper entitled Network Throughput in a Virtual Infrastructure, which provides a suggested methodology for calculating network NIC performance:
Additional information on ESX/ESXi or VMware performance can be obtained directly from VMware.