NSX-T T0 Active-Active Gateway and BGP Peering with Dell Networking ToR Switches

NSX-T supports BGP as the only dynamic routing protocol to peer the Edges (T0 Gateways) with the customer network. BGP is supported only on the Tier 0 gateways unlike NSX-V which supports dynamic routing on both the DLR and ESGs. Peering of T1 and T0 Gateways are fully managed by NSX-T and is transparent to…… Continue reading NSX-T T0 Active-Active Gateway and BGP Peering with Dell Networking ToR Switches

NSX-T Edges – Baremetal vs VM Comparison

NSX-T Edge Nodes come in two form factors – VM and Baremetal both leveraging Intel DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) acceleration for the transport and Uplink networks. Deciding which form factor to use depends upon on our use case requirements and it is good to understand the workload traffic behavior and virtualized services requirement before…… Continue reading NSX-T Edges – Baremetal vs VM Comparison

NSX-T L2 Bridging between Overlay & VLAN segments – Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed how to implement NSX-T L2 bridging between  Overlay & VLAN segments using ESXi Bridge Clusters. If you didn’t get a chance to go through my previous article, you can find it here: https://vxplanet.com/2019/06/06/implementing-nsx-t-l2-bridging-between-overlay-vlan-segments-part-1/ In this post we will discuss how to implement L2 bridging using NSX-T Edge Clusters. To iterate,…… Continue reading NSX-T L2 Bridging between Overlay & VLAN segments – Part 2

NSX-T L2 Bridging between Overlay & VLAN segments – Part 1

NSX-T supports L2 bridging between Overlay logical segments and  physical VLAN segments. Unlike NSX-V, NSX-T doesn’t have support for hardware VTEPs (because the ToRs are yet to support the Geneve encapsulation, they are still on VxLAN). With NSX-T, for these requirements, the option is to do an L2 Bridging on the Edges leveraging DPDK acceleration…… Continue reading NSX-T L2 Bridging between Overlay & VLAN segments – Part 1

NSX-T Multi N-VDS Single-TEP Baremetal Edges Deployment and Configuration

NSX-T Edges come in two form factors – VM & Baremetal both leveraging DPDK libraries, and each having it’s own use case requirements. Prior to version 2.4, NSX-T supported only a single-TEP baremetal Edge design. This design required the need for a minimum of 3 Interfaces with a recommendation of 4. Dedicated interfaces were required for…… Continue reading NSX-T Multi N-VDS Single-TEP Baremetal Edges Deployment and Configuration

NSX-T N-VDS Topologies and Migrating Host Networking between vSphere DVS & N-VDS

NSX-T deploys its own host networking switch on the ESXi /KVM Transport hosts called N-VDS – the Next Generation Distributed Switch. The difference from the vSphere DvSwitch is that N-VDS spans across multiple hypervisors (ESXi, KVM etc) that are a part of the Transport zone (and configured as a Transport node) and that each transport…… Continue reading NSX-T N-VDS Topologies and Migrating Host Networking between vSphere DVS & N-VDS

Deploying the NSX-T 2.4 Edge VM Cluster leveraging vSphere DVS PortGroups

NSX-T Edge Clusters are responsible for the North-South traffic flow in the NSX-T SDDC. They can be deployed in VM Form Factor as well as Bare metal leveraging the DPDK libraries for high network performance. Edge Clusters host the DR and SR components of the logical routers that you deploy and is mandatory if you…… Continue reading Deploying the NSX-T 2.4 Edge VM Cluster leveraging vSphere DVS PortGroups