2.5

Welcome back! We’re in the process of building an NSX-T Edge – FRRouting environment. In part 1 we prepared the FRR routers by doing he following: Installed two Debian Linux servers Installed VLAN support Enabled packet forwarding Configured network interfaces Installed and configured VRRP Installed FRRouting In this second part we will first deploy the…

Read more NSX-T Meets FRRouting – Part 2

Until recently I always used pfSense with the OpenBGPD package as the NSX-T Edge counterpart in my lab environment. It’s quick and easy to set up and works well enough. But pfSense is not what I typically find in a customer’s production environment. I started to investigate other virtualized “top-of-rack solutions” for the lab that…

Read more NSX-T Meets FRRouting – Part 1

With every new release of NSX-T interesting features are added to the platform. Take failure domain for example. Introduced in version 2.5, failure domain adds another layer of protection for the centralized services running on Tier-1 Gateways. It basically facilitates a rack aware placement mechanism for the Tier-1 service router (SR) components. In today’s article…

Read more Tier-1 Failure Domain

A stretched cluster architecture facilitates for higher levels of availability and things like inter-site load balancing. It’s a common multisite solution and also part of VMware’s Validated Design for SDDCs with multiple availability zones. Traditionally compute networking in an active-active multisite setup has had its challenges, but with vSAN storage and NSX networking technologies that’s…

Read more Deploying NSX-T in a Stretched Cluster – Part 1

Recently a new version of the NSX-T Reference Design Guide was released. This guide, which now covers NSX-T versions 2.0 – 2.5, is a must read for anyone interested in the NSX-T solutions and their recommended design. One of the things you’ll find in the updated guide is a new recommended deployment mode for the…

Read more Single N-VDS per Edge VM

With NSX-T 2.5 comes NSX Intelligence 1.0. This component, which is part of NSX Data Center Enterprise Plus, is something I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced. NSX Intelligence adds a powerful analytics engine to the NSX-T platform. It provides workload and network context that is unique to NSX. Application owners and operations…

Read more Installing NSX Intelligence