VMware DVS Neutron ML2 Driver
The VMware DVS plugin works via manipulation resources of a VMware vSphere Distributed Switch.
It means that it has to have connectivity to precreated and well configured dvSwitch on the vCenter which will be used in this environment.
When a cloud operator wants to use OpenStack with vSphere using open source elements, he/she can only do so by relying on nova-network. Currently, there is no viable open source reference implementation for supporting ESX deployments that would help the cloud operator to leverage some of the advanced networking capabilities that Neutron provides. Here, we talk about providing cloud operators with a Neutron supported solution for vSphere deployments in the form of a service VM called OVSvApp VM which steers the ESX tenant VMs’ traffic through it.
The value-add with this solution is a faster deployment of solutions on ESX environments together with minimum effort required for adding new OpenStack features like DVR, LBaaS, VPNaaS etc. To address the above challenge, the OVSvApp solution allows the customers to host VMs on ESX/ESXi hypervisors together with the flexibility of creating port groups dynamically on Distributed Virtual Switch/Virtual Standard Switch, and then steer its traffic through the OVSvApp VM which provides VLAN & VXLAN underlying infrastructure for tenant VMs communication and Security Group features based on OpenStack.
|Platforms (OS)||VMware ESX|
|Documentation||VMware DVS Neutron ML2 Driver|
|Categories||Networking > Control & Management Software > SDN Controller and Network Virtualization Platforms|
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