VMware NSX, Cisco ACI or Standard-Based EVPN

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Are you building a new data center fabric? Trying to decide whether to use VMware NSX or Cisco ACI? How about EVPN? This fast-paced webinar will help you select the best option for your environment.

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Last modified on 2021-12-05 (release notes)


VMware NSX, Cisco ACI or Standard-Based EVPN

22:39 Introduction

In the introductory section of this webinar we'll focus on the most important parts of SDDC infrastructure design:

  • Figure out what the infrastructure consumers really need (focused on virtual networking)
  • Design your solution from the top down, starting with customer needs and orchestration system
What Do You Really Need 22:39 2018-06-12

34:53 Technologies

This section describes common technologies used in SDDC network infrastructure solutions: VXLAN transport, EVPN control plane, microsegmentation and service insertion.

VXLAN Transport 11:51 2018-06-12
EVPN Control Plane 15:18 2018-06-12
Microsegmentation and Service Insertion 7:44 2018-06-12

37:24 Product Overview

It's time to figure out what the leading SDDC products do. This section contains a brief architectural description of Cisco ACI and VMware NSX.

Cisco ACI Introduction 10:37 2018-06-12
Cisco ACI External Connectivity 6:46 2021-05-07
VMware NSX Product Overview 10:49 2021-05-07
VMware NSX-T Architecture Overview 9:12 2021-05-07

36:19 Implementation Options

Does it make sense to implement virtual networks in hypervisors (like NSX does) or on ToR switches (ACI approach).

Do you need a single-image fabric solution like ACI or is it better to build a traditional data center fabric with EVPN?

You'll find some of the answers in this section.

Implementing Virtual Networks 20:05 2018-12-19
Implementing Physical Data Center Fabric 16:14 2018-12-19

49:07 Implementation Challenges

This section describes typical SDDC implementation challenges, from complex orchestration stacks to container support and drawbacks of implementing microsegmentation or service insertion in hardware.

Orchestration 11:48 2018-12-19
Microsegmentation 10:33 2021-05-07
Container Support 6:48 2021-05-07
Service Insertion 19:58 2021-05-10

37:04 Multi-Site Support

Large organizations usually need a disaster recovery solution, commonly implemented with multiple active-active or active-standby sites. This section outlines the NSX- and ACI solutions available to handle these requirements including:

  • NSX-T Multi-Site and Federation
  • Multi-Pod and Multi-Site Cisco ACI
Multi-Site Deployments 9:35 2021-05-07
NSX-T Multi-Site and Federation 12:10 2021-05-07
ACI Multi-Pod Architectures 9:57 2021-05-07
ACI Multi-Site Architectures 5:22 2021-05-07

17:47 Hybrid Cloud Support

You can use VMware NSX and Cisco ACI to orchestrate on-premises and public cloud workloads. VMware NSX is also used in VMware Cloud on AWS. Do these solutions make sense? What are their benefits and drawbacks? This section will help you figure it out.

VMware NSX in Hybrid and Public Clouds 9:01 2021-05-10
Cisco ACI on AWS and Azure 8:46 2021-05-10

15:07 Selecting the Optimal Solution

By now you're probably aware that there's no simple answer to "which product should I buy?" This section tries to give you at least some guidelines that should help you make your decision based on the specifics of your environment.

Selecting the Optimal Solution 15:07 2021-05-10

1:35:20 Planning and Design Guidelines

In this section (delivered in early 2018 and based on NSX-V and an earlier version of Cisco ACI) Mitja Robas described his typical ACI and NSX planning and design process... based on lessons learned during several NSX and ACI deployments.

Typical Components and Design Considerations 23:30 2018-12-19

45:50 Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI Concepts 11:52 2018-12-19
Cisco ACI Objects and Design Elements 20:01 2018-12-19
Cisco ACI Design Examples 13:57 2018-12-19

21:20 VMware NSX

VMware NSX Concepts 7:07 2018-12-19
VMware NSX Design Elements 14:13 2018-12-19

4:40 Conclusions

Programmability and Automation 4:40 2018-12-19

1:25:07 From the Design Clinic

Microsegmentation in Campus Networks 27:17 2021-10-01
Brownfield Microsegmentation 24:45 2021-11-10
Overlay Virtual Networking Implementation Options 17:11 2021-10-01
Unified Multi-Domain Policy 15:54 2021-11-10

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