Showing posts from January, 2023

NSX ALB (Avi) BGP scaling using ECMP and RHI

    NSX ALB (ex Avi Networks) solution supports different methods for scaling inside data plane, providing required resources in throughput, high availability and scalability vertically and horizontally. In typical scale-out mechanism for virtual service, which btw can be manual or automatic setup, service engines (SE) are added to group and existing VIP (Virtual Service IP) is maintained (scale-in process is of course opposite one). Basically different options are available for these scaling methods, known as: L2 scale-out mode - VIP always mapped to "primary" SE, which implies that "organization" of traffic and sending to others SE's in group is also responsibility of primary SE --> heavier operations and dependency on this node are possible. Return traffic  can go directly from the secondary SE's via the Direct Secondary Return mode or via the primary SE (Tunnel mode).  Direct Secondary Return  (DSR) mode gives option to  return traffic to use VIP as

VMware NSX - Multi-site design options - recommendations - scenarios

DISCLAIMER - THIS IS REMINDER BASED POST - ALL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT OFFICIAL MULTI LOCATION DESIGN GUIDE HERE       One of the fundamental scenarios which can be fulfilled using datacenter SDN solution like VMware NSX is capability to implement multisite setup, giving option to Customer to utilise multiple DC locations over any L1/L2/L3 inter site link with larger MTU support because of overlay encapsulation inside NSX. Worth mentioning is fact that security, incorporated inside NSX, is also capable to follow multi location logic needed for these type of implementations. There are two main concepts behind multisite setup offered by NSX: NSX Multisite - single NSX manager cluster managing transport nodes in different locations, and NSX Federation - introduced from NSX v3.x, with 1 central global management cluster (global manager) and 1 NSX manager cluster per location (local manager). In this article I will follow up on design decisions and recommendations for first option, as I