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How to run VMware NSX and Cisco Nexus 1000v on AWS & Google Cloud

Author:
Matt Conran
Matt Conran is a Network Architect based out of Ireland and a prolific blogger at Network Insight. In his spare time he writes on topics ranging from SDN, OpenFlow, NFV, OpenStack, Cloud, Automation and Programming.

Network and data-center architects are evaluating network virtualization solutions to bring workload agility to their data-centers. This article (part 3 of a 3 part series) details how to setup fully-functional VMware NSX and Cisco Nexus 1000v deployment on Ravello to evaluate each of the solutions. Part 1 compares the architectural components of Cisco Nexus 1000v and VMware NSX, and Part 2 looks into the capabilities supported by of each.

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Choosing between VMware NSX and Cisco Nexus 1000v

Author:
Matt Conran
Matt Conran is a Network Architect based out of Ireland and a prolific blogger at Network Insight. In his spare time he writes on topics ranging from SDN, OpenFlow, NFV, OpenStack, Cloud, Automation and Programming.

With SDDC (Software Defined Data Center) gaining prominence, network architects, administrators and data-center experts in enterprises around the globe find themselves staring at the inevitable question – should I go for vSphere environment with Cisco Nexus 1000v or VMware’s NSX as the network virtualization solution that facilitates my SDDC? This article (part 2 of 3-part series) compares Cisco Nexus 1000v with VMware NSX from deployment model, components, multi-data-center support and network services perspective. Part 1 compares capabilities supported by Cisco Nexus 1000v and VMware NSX, and Part 3 walks through how to setup a fully functional environment of each on Ravello Networking Smart Labs (powered by nested virtualization and networking overlay).

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VMware NSX and Cisco Nexus 1000v Architecture Demystified

Author:
Matt Conran
Matt Conran is a Network Architect based out of Ireland and a prolific blogger at Network Insight. In his spare time he writes on topics ranging from SDN, OpenFlow, NFV, OpenStack, Cloud, Automation and Programming.

Network virtualization brings many benefits to the table – reduced provisioning time, easier/cheaper network management, agility in bringing-up of sophisticated deployments to name a few. A large number of network and data-center architects around the globe are evaluating VMware NSX and Cisco Nexus 1000v to enable network virtualization in their data-centers. This article (part 1 of 3 part series) walks through the architectural elements of VMware NSX & Cisco Nexus 1000v, and explains how Ravello (powered by nested virtualization and networking overlay) can be used as a platform to run and deploy each of the solutions with a couple of clicks for evaluation during the decision-making process. Part 2 compares capabilities supported by Cisco Nexus 1000v and VMware NSX, and Part 3 walks through steps to create a Cisco Nexus 1000v & VMware NSX deployment on Ravello.

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8 ways how networking in AWS VPC differs from data-center

Advanced Enterprise Networking In AWS EC2 - A Hands On Guide

Public cloud is great. It brings to table agility, on-demand capacity, unlimited resources, global reach and most importantly ability to align costs with operational needs. More and more organizations are embracing cloud to augment their datacenter capacity or to move their existing workloads off their datacenters. As datacenter and network architects embark on this journey, they need to be aware that there are some inherent differences in the way networking works in an Amazon VPC when compared to datacenters – so that they can plan ahead.

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NFV Orchestration: Setup NFV Orchestration on AWS and Google Cloud (part 4 of 4 post series)

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Authors:
Jakub Pavlik
Jakub Pavlik and Ondrej Smola are engineers at tcpcloud – a leading private cloud builder.
Matt Conran
Matt Conran is an independent network architect and consultant, and blogs at network-insight.net

This article details NFV orchestration using public cloud NFVI as a 4 part series. This post details setting up a fully functioning NFV orchestration with firewalling and load balancing services chaining, and comes with a fully-functional NFV service chaining topology with Juniper Contrail service chaining firewall and load-balancer services in a topology that you can access on Ravello and try out.

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OPNFV Testing on Cloud

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Author:
Brian Castelli
Brian Castelli is a software developer with Spirent creating test methodologies for today’s networks. His current focus is on SDN and NFV.

The OPNFV project is dedicated to delivering a standard reference architecture for the deployment of carrier-grade Network Function Virtualization (NFV) environments. Testing is critical to the success of the project and to the success of real-world deployments, as evidenced by the many test-related sub-projects of OPNFV. One of those subprojects, VSPERF, is dedicated to benchmarking one of the key NFV components: The virtual switch.

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NFV Orchestration: Networking Automation using Juniper Contrail (part 3 of 4 post series)

NFV-orchestration
Author:
Matt Conran
Matt Conran is a Network Architect based out of Ireland and a prolific blogger at Network Insight. In his spare time he writes on topics ranging from SDN, OpenFlow, NFV, OpenStack, Cloud, Automation and Programming.

This article details NFV orchestration using public cloud NFVI as a 4 part series. This post in the series looks into how service orchestration using Juniper Contrail can help assist with multi-tenancy and workload mobility, and also increase service velocity through NFV orchestration and service chaining.

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NFV Orchestration: Increase service velocity with NFV (part 2 of 4 post series)

NFV-orchestration
Author:
Matt Conran
Matt Conran is a Network Architect based out of Ireland and a prolific blogger at Network Insight. In his spare time he writes on topics ranging from SDN, OpenFlow, NFV, OpenStack, Cloud, Automation and Programming.

In this second part of a 4-post series around NFV orchestration we detail how NFV (Network Function Virtualization) can help alleviate multi-tenancy and network mobility challenges and increase service velocity (pace at which services can be rolled out) across enterprises and service providers.

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Run an NFV Architecture (OPNFV) on AWS and Google – Brahmaputra Edition

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Author:
Iben Rodriguez
Iben is Cloud consulting and Virtualization Architect. He is trained in agile, ITIL, SOX, PCI-DSS, ISO27000. He is working to shift SDN testing functions out of the test lab and closer to the developers and operators.

Setup and operate your own OPNFV Architecture for dev, test, training using Ravello Systems on AWS and Google Cloud.

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NFV Orchestration: Overcome multi-tenancy challenges (part 1 of 4 post series)

NFV-orchestration
Author:
Matt Conran
Matt Conran is a Network Architect based out of Ireland and a prolific blogger at Network Insight. In his spare time he writes on topics ranging from SDN, OpenFlow, NFV, OpenStack, Cloud, Automation and Programming.

This article details NFV orchestration using public cloud NFVI as a 4 part series. This post looks into challenges traditional networks have with multi-tenancy and workload mobility. In the next, we’ll show how Network Function Virtualization (NFV) fits in and can increase service velocity.

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Five benefits of penetration testing on AWS using Ravello

Enterprises are looking to secure their network, web and applications against vulnerabilities – they are hiring ethical hackers to penetrate their infrastructure to discover holes. Public cloud (e.g. AWS or Google) is an excellent candidate to build pentesting environments to scale, but lacks some key functionality. Ravello’s Security Smart Lab on AWS and Google overcome these drawbacks, and enable creation of high fidelity production environment replicas that can be used for effective penetration testing.

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How to model and test NFV deployments on AWS & Google Cloud

Advanced Enterprise Networking In AWS EC2 - A Hands On Guide
Author:
Hemed GurAry, CISSP and CISA, Amdocs
Hemed GurAry is a Cloud and Security architect with Amdocs. Hemed specializes in network and application architecture for Finance and Telcos, bringing experience as a PMO and a leading team member in high key projects. His ongoing passion is hacking new technologies.

Network Function Virtualization has taken the networking world by storm. It brings to the table many benefits such as cost savings, network programmability and standardization to name a few.

Ravello with its nested virtualization, software defined networking overlay and an easy to use ‘drag and drop’ platform offers a quick way to set up these environments. With Ravello being a cloud based platform, it is available on-demand and opens up the opportunity to build sophisticated deployments without having to invest time and money to create a NFVI from scratch.

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How to Install Ixia BreakingPoint Virtual Edition: Hands on lab

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Author:
George Zecheru
George Zecheru is a Senior Product Manager at Ixia responsible for the Applications & Security portfolio. The owner of patent, George has over 13 years experience in Telecommunications industry.

Once upon a time all you needed to protect your network was a simple firewall. As the Internet adoption increased, the protection provided by firewalls was soon discovered to be inadequate to respond to the increased sophistication of today’s threats. Security vendors have responded with improved protection mechanisms pushing the inspection all the way up to the “content” (application layer). Today’s NGN Firewalls are equipped with the intelligence to detect and prevent intrusion attempts, identify malicious files, applications, users and devices.

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How to build a large scale BGP MPLS Service Provider Network and model on AWS – Part 2

Author:
Matt Conran
Matt Conran is a Network Architect based out of Ireland and a prolific blogger at Network Insight. In his spare time he writes on topics ranging from SDN, OpenFlow, NFV, OpenStack, Cloud, Automation and Programming.

Service Providers around the globe deploy MPLS networks using label-switched paths to improve quality of service (QoS) that meet specific SLAs that enterprises demand for traffic. This is a two-part post – Part 1 introduces MPLS constructs and Part 2 (this post) describes how to setup a fully-functional MPLS network using Ravello’s Network Smart Lab. Interested in playing with this 14 node Service Provider MPLS deployment – just add this blueprint from Ravello Repo.

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How to build a large scale BGP MPLS Service Provider Network and model on AWS – Part 1

Author:
Matt Conran
Matt Conran is a Network Architect based out of Ireland and a prolific blogger at Network Insight. In his spare time he writes on topics ranging from SDN, OpenFlow, NFV, OpenStack, Cloud, Automation and Programming.

Service Providers around the globe deploy MPLS networks using label-switched paths to improve quality of service (QoS) that meet specific SLAs that enterprises demand for traffic. This is a two-part post – Part 1 (this post) introduces MPLS constructs and Part 2 describes how to setup a fully-functional MPLS network using Ravello’s Network Smart Lab. Interested in playing with this 14 node Service Provider MPLS deployment – just add this blueprint from Ravello Repo.

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LISP Leaf & Spine architecture with Arista vEOS using Ravello on AWS

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This post discusses a Leaf and Spine data center architecture with Cisco Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) based on Arista vEOS. It begins with a brief introduction to these concepts and continues to discuss how one can setup a fully functional LISP deployment using Ravello’s Network & Security Smart Labs. If you are interested running this LISP deployment, just open a Ravello account and add this blueprint to your library.

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