In the last episode HomeLab Stage LI: Datacenter Resizing I have re-racked and re-cabled my two datacenters at my house. What´s next? Velocloud, of course!
I started with one Velocloud Edge 840 (SuperMicro X10SDV Version) in November 2019. It was love at first sight / touch. Combining my internet connections and using them not only active / passive was a huge step forward. Playing with the different options: priorization of clients, quality of experience and finally traffic steering. What an amazing product.
You can check the status for three different traffic types: audio, video and transaction. The Velocloud calculates the score for each carier independently. 10 is the highest value.
Several months later, I configured my second Velocloud Edge instance for High Availability reasons. The port GE1 is hard-coded to be used for HA traffic between the edges. Please don´t use that interface for other things….
For testing scenarios I deployed 2 virtual edges. Those edges are also managed via the Velocloud Orchestrator (SaaS). There is technically no difference between a hardware edge and a virtual edge.
Here is a list of the different virtual edge configurations:
I am testing with different software releases on all my velocloud instances, before upgrading customer sites.
High Latency Demo Kit:
For customer demos I decided to deploy one special configured Velocloud edge. I wanted to show the different TCP optimization features:
Jitter Buffering, Forward Error Correction…..
I configured one WANem 3.0 Beta VM in front of the virtual Velocloud edge to play with bandwidth and packet loss limitations:
Here is the configuration website for the WANem VM. I configured mine to work on eth0 with the following settings:
These settings within WANem are directly related to the Quality of Experience value inside the Velocloud orchestrator
New Hardware Models:
VMware has discontinued some existing hardware models:
I wanted to test and play with the new edges (Dell hardware) to get more hands on before running them at customer locations.
These machines are desktop models, but there exist a rackmount-kit. Downside is, that these rackmount-kits are for dual setups and the take 2U inside your rack:
I ordered 3 x edge 620 (Dell version) for showing remote brach offices. My colleagues are very happy about the fact, that they are now official branch locations 🙂
After running in production with static routes for a long time, it was time to address the dynamic routing again. In the past I had done it with OSPF to NSX-V, but with NSX-T I never modified it….
I wanted to go for BGP this time. I good friend of mine helped me a lot with the configuration. Thanks Lukasz 🙂
Edge to Edge VPN
Route based and policy based VPNs
Stay tuned for the next episodes. My head is still full of ideas…. Want more? Check out the next episode: HomeLab Stage LIII: Infoblox