Distributed Logical Router Design Considerations with Multiple vDS

Author: Michael Haines, Prasenjit Sarkar.

The following are some of the Distributed Logical Routing (DLR) and Dynamic Routing design considerations when architecting and deploying NSX for vSphere.

If you have multiple Virtual Distributed Switches (vDS), such as a “Compute vDS” and “Edge vDS” and that span multiple cluster’s (“Compute Cluster 1” / “Compute Cluster 2” and “Edge Cluster”) and a VXLAN Transport Zone that spans these “3” Clusters then one design consideration is that only VXLAN LIFs are supported. This is because you can have only one VXLAN LIF connecting to a logical switch. And only one Distributed Logical Router (DLR) can be connected to a logical switch.

Recall that the Distributed Logical Router (DLR) owns the logical interface (LIF). This concept is similar to interfaces on a physical router. But on the Distributed Logical Router (DLR), the interfaces are called LIFs. The LIF connects to logical switches or distributed port groups. Also be aware that the Distributed Logical Router (DLR) can have a maximum of 1,000 LIFs.

Distributed Logical Routing (DLR) provides the following benefits:

  • No hair pinning and optimized handling of East / West Traffic
  • Supports a large number of LIFs (1000)
  • Scalable routing topologies

Dynamic Routing Protocol support also helps adapt to changing logical network topologies and provides greater scalability.


About Prasenjit Sarkar

Prasenjit Sarkar is a Product Manager at Oracle for their Public Cloud with primary focus on Cloud Strategy, Oracle Openstack, PaaS, Cloud Native Applications and API Platform. His primary focus is driving Oracle’s Cloud Computing business with commercial and public sector customers; helping to shape and deliver on a strategy to build broad use of Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings such as Compute, Storage, Java as a Service, and Database as a Service. He is also responsible for developing public/private cloud integration strategies, customer’s Cloud Computing architecture vision, future state architectures, and implementable architecture roadmaps in the context of the public, private, and hybrid cloud computing solutions Oracle can offer.

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