How to Configure EVPN-VXLAN with Pica8 AmpCon?
As enterprises gradually transition to the cloud, achieving cloud-centralization or cloud-native capabilities has become crucial to adapting to the new "work from anywhere" work model. However, introducing enterprises to the "cloud" or simplifying the "hybrid cloud" experience shouldn't require writing a thesis on how to "tunnel something inside of something else." Amidst this vast sea of technology, EVPN-VXLAN emerges as one of the solutions.
What the "Reality" of EVPN-VXLAN Really Means
EVPN-VXLAN stands for Ethernet VPN and Virtual eXtensible LAN, respectively. In essence, VXLAN is a protocol used to create a tunneled "Overlay" network on top of an existing (physical) Layer-3 "Underlay" network. This Overlay network can support up to 16 million VLANs, far exceeding the traditional limit of 4096 VLANs.
Therefore, the introduction of EVPN-VXLAN aims to provide enterprises with a more flexible, scalable, and powerful network architecture. The integration of this technology with the Spine-Leaf CLOS architecture holds tremendous potential for "cloud-scale" data centers.
In the next chapters, we'll show you how you can utilize some simple Ansible integration with the lightweight UI in Pica8's Amplified Network Control Platform (AmpCon) to automate and simplify configuration management on your network, and with the simple purchase of an AmpCon instance to deploy and Automate the management of your choice of open network (white box) hardware (unlimited), making push-button VXLAN deployment a reality.
How to Configure EVPN-VXLAN
AmpCon is at the heart of automating EVPN-VXLAN. With Pica8, Jinja, Ansible, and with AmpCon, deploying EVPN-VXLAN no longer requires a large team of certified network engineers or being a network expert. This automation is especially important in the current era of virtualization and "cloud" domination, and AmpCon is a key element in enabling network resiliency platforms.
Steps to Automate Deployment
First, let's create some amazing Jinja templates by adding commands from the "click" driven tree:
Next, save the template to automatically convert the code into a customizable template:
We can share and edit the templates:
Even customize the automatically created variables in the automatically created templates:
The newly created template, AmpCon, automatically becomes a wizard-driven form:
So amazing that EVPN-VXLAN deployment with Pica8's AmpCon has become:
Reusable - Create auto-built forms and templates for subsequent deployments
AmpCon does so much of the work for you and builds so much of it (by default for customization and reuse) that EVPN-VXLAN deployments are:
Schedulable (yes, AmpCon has a built-in schedule so you can set it and "check back later")
Automating EVPN-VXLAN deployment with Pica8's AmpCon simplifies deployment and improves efficiency. With Pica8 and AmpCon, organizations will be able to easily automate the deployment of EVPN-VXLAN to meet the network challenges of the future.
How FS Can Help
FS and Pica8 have established a strategic partnership and you can learn about products such as the PicOS® Series, PicOS-V and AmpCon™ Network Manager at FS. Pica8 software products work with the enterprise network switches and data center switches offered by FS to make your network deployment more efficient.