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Decision Point for Selecting a VXLAN Management Platform in Data Center Networks

Published: 15 November 2017

ID: G00328481

Analyst(s): Zack Zilakakis


Organizations that want to maximize the automation and network segmentation benefits of VXLAN must select a management solution with suitable scalability and resiliency. This research guides the technical professional in choosing the best VXLAN management option for data center networking.

Table Of Contents

Decision Point Question

Decision Overview

  • VXLAN Management Options
    • Headend Replication
    • Vendor VXLAN Fabric Solution
    • Overlay Controller
    • EVPN for VXLAN

Decision Tool

Principles, Requirements and Constraints

  • Principles
    • Open-Source Network Virtualization
    • Vendor Risk Tolerance
    • Technology Risk Tolerance
  • Requirements and Constraints
    • Increased Agility
    • Management and Visibility
    • Advanced Skill Sets
    • Operational Procedures

VXLAN Management Alternatives

  • Cumulus Lightweight Network Virtualization (LNV)
  • Pluribus Adaptive Cloud Fabric for Data Center Interconnect

VXLAN Alternatives

  • Native VLAN
  • Layer-2 Fabrics
  • MPLS in the Data Center

Future Developments

  • Intent-Based Networking System (IBNS)
  • Network Virtualization Overlay (NVO3)
    • Generic Network Virtualization (GENEVE)
    • EVPN
  • VXLAN in the Campus
  • VXLAN Generic Protocol Extension (VXLAN-GPE)
  • VXLAN Extensibility

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