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VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition Lab

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Solution Overview
This lab environment is designed to provide users with the ability to explore the features and functionality of operating VMware vCloud NFV 3.3 OpenStack Edition under a Dell-based hardware stack. Users can build, test and validate Virtual Network Functions (VNF) on a complete VMware Reference Architecture built for telcos and other VNF customers in mind.

In the Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Dell VxRail hardware automates the initial stand up and management of VMware ESXi, vCenter and Log Insight in addition to hardware firmware management. Once the management cluster for NFV is deployed, VMware Cloud Foundation's Cloud Builder was utilized to complete the installation of VCF on VxRail to finalize the management domain and makes additional vRealize and Pivotal components available for an automated installation. Once the management domain is created, additional workload domains were auto-deployed to service NSX-T edge functions, and the resource domain for end-user apps and VNFs. 

Now that VCF has installed and automated the majority of the vCloud NFV 3.3 components, the remainder is deploying VMware Integrated OpenStack. As a simple virtual appliance, one OVA and a few clicks away, NFV is fully functioning with VIO on ESXi to offer OpenStack solutions like Nova, Neutron, Glance, Keystone, Cinder and HEAT from OpenStack STEIN release. By using VIO, we can create a multi-tenant solution based on OpenStack projects, nova clusters, and attach it to VMware NSX-T for software-defined networking and security.

After the release of VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 in vCloud NFV 3.3, the solution now offers integration with Essentials PKS, as well as support for integration with Kubernetes (K8S) through the Kubernetes Community OpenStack Cloud Provider.

Goals & Objectives

The goal of this lab is to provide customers with access to a complete VMware vCloud NFV 3.3 Reference Architecture. Some of the objectives that can be accomplished in this lab include (but are not limited to):

  • VMware Cloud Foundation Management.
  • VMware NSX-T Routing and Security Management.
  • Creating OpenStack Instances from VIO 6.
  • Managing HEAT templates and images from VIO.
  • Validating and/or Certifying VNFs.
  • Automating NSX-T routing through floating IPs on instances (Source NAT).
  • Monitoring VNF performance with vRealize Operations (vROps).
  • Monitoring network flow of VNFs with vRealize Network Insight (vRNI).
  • Centralized logging of the complete NFV stack within vRealize Log Insight.
  • Integrating VNFs with GPUs using Nvidia V100 cards on Dell VxRail V570F.
  • Testing N-VDS Standard, N-VDS Enhanced and SR-IOV networking on deployed instances.

Hardware & Software

Hardware Included
  • Dell S5248 Leaf Switches.
  • Dell Z9264 Spine Switches.
  • Dell N3024 OOB Switches.
  • Dell Isilon F800.
  • Dell VxRail P570F.
  • Dell VxRail V570F (Nvidia V100 GPUs).
  • BigSwitch Big Cloud Fabric Appliances.

Software Included
  • VMware Cloud Foundation 3.9 (VCF).
  • VMware vSphere vCenter 6.7.
  • VMware ESXi 6.7 U3.
  • VMware NSX-T 2.5.
  • VMware vRealize Lifecycle Manager 2.1 (vRLCM).
  • VMware vRealize Network Insight 4.2 (vRNI).
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.8 (vRLI).
  • VMware vRealize Operations 7.5 (vROps).
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 (VIO).
  • VMware vSAN 6.7.
  • Dell VxRail 4.7.300 Firmware.
  • Dell Avamar Virtual Edition.

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