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Cisco Aci Design Guide

It is usually an easy decision to have BIG-IP as part of your ACI deployment as BIG-IP is a mature feature rich ADC solution. Where time is spent is nailing down the design and the deployment options for the BIG-IP in the environment. Below we will discuss a few of the most commonly asked questions:

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F5 BIG-IP can be deployed in different high-availability modes. The two common BIG-IP deployment modes: active-active and active-standby. Various design considerations, such as endpoint movement during fail-overs, MAC masquerade, source MAC-based forwarding, Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), and IP aging should also be taken into account for each of the deployment modes.

Once a design option is selected there are questions around what more can be done from an operational or automation perspective now that we have a BIG-IP and ACI deployment? The F5 ACI ServiceCenter is an application developed on the Cisco ACI App Center platform built for exactly that purpose. It is an integration point between the F5 BIG-IP and Cisco ACI. The application provides an APIC administrator a unified way to manage both L2-L3 and L4-L7 infrastructure. Once day-0 activities are performed and BIG-IP is deployed within the ACI fabric using any of the design options selected for your environment, then the F5 ACI ServiceCenter can be used to handle day-1 and day-2 operations. The day-1 and day-2 operations provided by the application are well suited for both new/greenfield and existing/brownfield deployments of BIG-IP and ACI deployments. The integration is loosely coupled, which allows the F5 ACI ServiceCenter to be installed or uninstalled with no disruption to traffic flow, as well as no effect on the F5 BIG-IP and Cisco ACI configuration.

For Avi Vantage deployments within Cisco ACI, the design options are separated among different hosting infrastructures. The following section summarizes the available hosting infrastructure and the associated integration options.

To help you execute on choice #2, we decided to write a design guide that provides more technical details on how you would deploy VMware NSX for vSphere with Cisco UCS and Nexus 7000. In this guide we provide some basic hardware and software requirements and a design starting point. Then we walk you through how to prepare your infrastructure for NSX, how to design your host networking and bandwidth, how traffic flows, and the recommended settings on both Cisco UCS and VMware NSX. As a bonus there is 48 x 36 poster that includes most of the diagrams from the guide and some extra illustrations.

Cisco ACI is an SDN solution that defines its network infrastructure based upon network policies. To make this possible Cisco has created the ACI Fabric OS, which is run by all systems within the ACI network. This shared OS makes it possible for the various switches within the ACI network to translate policies into infrastructure designs. 041b061a72


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