Traffic within the system is transported between Transport Nodes and devices attached to the Transport Nodes (such as Virtual Machines) by means of an encapsulation overlay. The overlay is a GENEVE tunnel built on the VxBlock physical network (Underlay). (GENEVE, Generic Network Virtualization Encapsulation, is a flexible network virtualization standard and encapsulation protocol.) Accessibility between devices attached to the overlay is managed by the Central Control Plane (CCP) and the Local Control Plane (LCP).
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The NSX-T Edge cluster performs this process of tunnel encapsulation/de-encapsulation, north-south ingress/egress, and provisioning of centralized services.
NSX-T on VxBlock 1000 offers a scalable and flexible yet prescriptive implementation of the NSX-T Edge cluster. An initial small footprint of two physical servers offers performance without being cost-prohibitive. The initial offering scales up to 16 servers, for customers who wish to implement additional centralized services at the edge.
Figure 5. Scaling Edge Cluster
Edge Nodes are an NSX-T construct that are deployed on the physical servers. These Edge Nodes can be deployed in a virtual (VM-based) or physical (baremetal-based) form factor. For the initial VxBlock 1000 implementation of NSX-T, Dell EMC supports only virtual Edge Nodes. This provides an initial benefit in terms of deployment flexibility and serviceability. Future releases of NSX-T on VxBlock 1000 may integrate a bare-metal form factor to facilitate high performance use cases.