stupid question: hardware for vxlan

asked 2015-01-20 03:58:32 -0600

T u l gravatar image

A dumb question,

for a setup of OpenStack with vxlan tunnelling, is a special kind of switches required (with vxlan support) ?

For GRE, every kind of switches should work; For VLAN, almost every (with VLAN support) But for VXLAN?


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answered 2015-01-20 04:04:20 -0600

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updated 2015-01-20 06:37:26 -0600

T u l gravatar image

Same picture as for GRE. In my home lab pretty cheap DLINK switch is installed for testing ML2&OVS&VXLAN TwoNode Juno cluster.

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Thanks! What are the benefits of vxlan against gre ?

T u l gravatar imageT u l ( 2015-01-20 06:37:51 -0600 )edit

Well, If I understand properly, with VXLAN you get L2 over L3 encapsulation while getting ride of GRE full-mesh topology requirement, which increase scalability. Imagine a big OpenStack cloud with thousands of compute node. You would need lots of GRE tunnels, it would become unmanageable.

Eloi Guillaud gravatar imageEloi Guillaud ( 2015-01-25 12:30:41 -0600 )edit

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