Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks from PacketPushers.net have released another in-depth podcast, this time on how to create scalable cloud networks with VXLAN. VXLAN, if you recall, is a multi-vendor effort to increase the number of logical networks that can be created within a cloud environment, and overcomes the challenges of using VLANs when separate tenants and application instances all need their own logical domains.
VXLAN solves these challenges with a MAC in User Datagram Protocol (MAC-in-UDP) encapsulation technique. VXLAN uses a 24-bit segment identifier to scale, rather than the 12-bit identifier for a VLAN. In addition, the UDP encapsulation enables the logical network to be extended to different subnets and helps ensure high utilization of port channel links. Instead of broadcasting a frame as in a case of unknown unicast, the UDP packet is multicasted to the set of servers that have virtual machines on the same segment. Within each segment, traditional switching takes place and can therefore provide a much larger number of logical networks.
In this podcast, you’ll hear Cisco’s Han Yang and Victor Moreno talk about:
- What is VXLAN for?
- How does VXLAN help you to scale?
- Who is endorsing VXLAN?
- What are the network requirements for VXLAN?
- Is Nexus 1000V fully integrated with vCloud Director?
- Why is N1K integration to vCloud Director important?
- When will Nexus 1000V with VXLAN become available?
- Is VXLAN a data center interconnect (DCI)?
- What are the options for a VXLAN gateway?
- How can you do network services with N1K?
- What is Cisco broader vision around integration with VMware and other hypervisors?
Give it a listen and let us know what you think!
For more information on VXLAN:
- Scalable Cloud Network with Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches and VXLAN
- Nexus 1000V Webinar Series: VXLAN, Nexus 1000V, and vCloud Director
(Cisco Communities PDF)
- VXLAN: A Framework for Overlaying Virtualized Layer 2 Networks over Layer 3 Networks