Static routes improves overall performance of your network (especially bandwidth saving). They are also useful in stub networks (i.e. there is only one link to the network). For example, each LAN (located at different offices) is connected to HQ IDC (Internet data center) using single T1/LL/Wan links.
For example under Red Hat/Fedora Linux you can add static router for eth0 network interface by editing /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/route-eth0 file. Under Debian Linux add static route by editing /etc/network/interface file.
Finally, today I had implemented NIC bounding (bind both NIC so that it works as a single device). Bonding is nothing but Linux kernel feature that allows to aggregate multiple like interfaces (such as eth0, eth1) into a single virtual link such as bond0. The idea is pretty simple get higher data rates and as well as link failover. The following instructions were tested on:
- RHEL v4 / 5 / 6 amd64
- CentOS v5 / 6 amd64
- Fedora Linux 13 amd64 and up.
- 2 x PCI-e Gigabit Ethernet NICs with Jumbo Frames (MTU 9000)
- Hardware RAID-10 w/ SAS 15k enterprise grade hard disks.
- Gigabit switch with Jumbo Frame