Big Switch Networks announced that it has extended its Enterprise Virtual Private Cloud (E-VPC) integration to the VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) and NSX-T network virtualization solutions.
Big Switch’s AWS VPC-style logical networking available through the Big Cloud Fabric (BCF) underlay now fully integrates with VMware’s software-defined data center (SDDC) portfolio, including NSX-T, vSphere, VxRail and vSAN, providing unmatched automation, visibility and troubleshooting capabilities.
To maximize benefits of VCF deployments, an automated, zero-touch physical network fabric is required. Just like the Public Clouds use VPCs to build multi-tenant L2/L3 networks, BCF leverages E-VPC, an AWS-style VPC on-prem construct, to deliver a Cloud-Network-as-a-Service operational experience in data center. Specifically, BCF creates E-VPCs for each of the VMware SDDC components allowing logical L2/L3 isolation and multi-tenancy.
With VCF, the SDDC components (vSphere, vSAN and NSX) get deployed on multiple different ESXi nodes. These nodes need to communicate with each other for management, vSAN and vMotion traffic via BCF’s underlay fabric. BCF automates L2 network provisioning within the E-VPCs as well as host network provisioning, so admins are free of manual, box-by-box complexity of legacy networks.
To operate an underlay at the speed of NSX-T VMs, BCF has integrated E-VPC with NSX-T to create logical abstraction between underlay policy declaration and physical fabric change management.