Confluent Kafka Platform on VMware Enterprise PKS with NSX-T Networking – Part 2

This is Part 2 of the blog series on Deploying Confluent Kafka Platform on VMware Enterprise PKS with NSX-T Networking. In Part 1, we have deployed the Confluent Operator, Zookeeper Ensemble and Kafka Broker Cluster. If you have missed it, you can read it here: https://vxplanet.com/2020/03/16/confluent-kafka-platform-on-vmware-enterprise-pks-with-nsx-t-networking-part-1/ In this article, we will deploy rest of the…… Continue reading Confluent Kafka Platform on VMware Enterprise PKS with NSX-T Networking – Part 2

Confluent Kafka Platform on VMware Enterprise PKS with NSX-T Networking – Part 1

Let’s continue the blog series on VMware Enterprise PKS and NSX-T, this time we’re going to deploy a multi-tier application to the PKS K8S Cluster. We will deploy an Enterprise grade version of Kafka from Confluent along with the Confluent platform components. Apache Kafka is built around an open-source project. It is used in real-time…… Continue reading Confluent Kafka Platform on VMware Enterprise PKS with NSX-T Networking – Part 1

NSX-T Shared Tier 1 Architecture in VMware Enterprise PKS

VMware Enterprise PKS introduced the NSX-T shared Tier 1 architecture in NSX-T version 2.5. In this architecture, a Tier 1 Gateway is instantiated for each Kubernetes cluster (rather than for the namespaces) and all the stateful services are pushed down at the Tier 1 Gateway scope. This enables support for Tier 0 Gateway deployment in…… Continue reading NSX-T Shared Tier 1 Architecture in VMware Enterprise PKS

Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS – Part 4

Happy New Year everyone. This is the fourth and final part of my multi-part blog series on ‘Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS’. In case you missed the previous parts, here are the links: Part 1 -> https://vxplanet.com/2019/12/25/building-an-nsx-t-bring-your-own-topology-byot-for-vmware-enterprise-pks-part-1/ Part 2 -> https://vxplanet.com/2019/12/26/building-an-nsx-t-bring-your-own-topology-byot-for-vmware-enterprise-pks-part-2/ Part 3 -> https://vxplanet.com/2019/12/29/building-an-nsx-t-bring-your-own-topology-byot-for-vmware-enterprise-pks-part-3/ Here are the contents of…… Continue reading Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS – Part 4

Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS – Part 3

This is Part 3 of the 4-part blog series on ‘Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS’. In case you missed Part 1 and 2, here are the links: Part 1 -> https://vxplanet.com/2019/12/25/building-an-nsx-t-bring-your-own-topology-byot-for-vmware-enterprise-pks-part-1/ Part 2 -> https://vxplanet.com/2019/12/26/building-an-nsx-t-bring-your-own-topology-byot-for-vmware-enterprise-pks-part-2/ Here are the contents of this article: Tier 0 Gateway BGP Configuration with…… Continue reading Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS – Part 3

Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS – Part 2

This is the second part of the 4-part blog series on ‘Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS’. In case you missed Part 1, here is the link: https://vxplanet.com/2019/12/25/building-an-nsx-t-bring-your-own-topology-byot-for-vmware-enterprise-pks-part-1/ Here are the contents of this article. As said earlier, this is not about the deployment step-by-step how-to, instead will do…… Continue reading Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS – Part 2

Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS – Part 1

VMware Enterprise PKS Management Console recently got released to GA which provides an automated and unified way to deploy Enterprise PKS. This comes as an OVA appliance which is deployed on a management network and provides a very nice GUI to deploy Enterprise PKS components in a fully automated way. I started working on Enterprise…… Continue reading Building an NSX-T Bring Your Own Topology (BYOT) for VMware Enterprise PKS – Part 1

Preparing 2-pNIC Compute Clusters for NSX-T using Transport Node Profiles and Network Mappings

I recently got to work on few NSX-T projects including Enterprise PKS where the management and compute clusters used a 2-pNIC host networking. This was not based on VCF, so I needed to manually prepare all the 2-pnic ESXi Compute Clusters for NSX-T in a consistent and controlled way. These were some of the requirements…… Continue reading Preparing 2-pNIC Compute Clusters for NSX-T using Transport Node Profiles and Network Mappings

BGP Considerations in NSX-T Integrated VMware Enterprise PKS

VMware Enterprise PKS supports two deployment models with respect to T0 and T1 Gateways since NSX-T version 2.5. Active-Passive T0 Gateway with a dedicated T1 Gateway per Kubernetes namespace. Active-Active T0 Gateway with a dedicated T1 Gateway per Kubernetes cluster  (NSX-T v2.5 onwards) In the first deployment model, a T1 Gateway is created for every…… Continue reading BGP Considerations in NSX-T Integrated VMware Enterprise PKS