Cumulus Networks Layer-3 Leaf-Spine Fabric with EVPN as a Control Plane for VXLAN

September 26, 2017
Testing Cumulus Networks Linux
by Pablo Narváez

Welcome back! In this article I will be testing VXLAN again, but this time on Cumulus Linux. I will replace the manual VTEP flood-lists/mappings (Head End Replication) with EVPN to provide a different control plane for VXLAN.

For lab purposes, I will use a self-contained virtual environment to run Cumulus VX as a VM on top of Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS and KVM.…

BGP Interoperability between Free Range Routing (FRR) and Arista EOS

August 17, 2017
Free Range Routing
by Pablo Narváez

Today I will test BGP between the FRR routing stack and Arista EOS. The sample configuration that I will show later in this post is just a basic integration between the two devices, nothing at all complex. Basically, I just wanted to expand my virtual environment by adding a DC/routing perimeter while testing FRR.…

How to Transparently Forward LLDP Frames through Linux Bridge

August 4, 2017
by Pablo Narváez

Last night, I was working on my VXLAN lab and wanted to make sure the VM connections were setup correctly. I opted to use the Link Layer Discovery Protocol or LLDP on the switches to validate the network assignment (net-x) for each VM .

To my surprise,  the “show lldp neighbors” command displayed no information about the neighboring devices.…

Arista Layer-3 Leaf-Spine Fabric with VXLAN HER: Lab Part 2

July 19, 2017
Virtual Environment Setup
by Pablo Narváez

Welcome to the second blog post in my multi-part series describing in detail how I will deploy a L3SL-V Ethernet fabric with Arista vEOS and Ubuntu/KVM. In this post, I’m going to dive into the first component of the deployment: the virtual environment and the VMs.


Virtual Machine Spreadsheet – Inventory List

As it’s shown in the inventory list above (spreadsheet), I’m going to use a single server with KVM to create multiple VMs.…

Arista Layer-3 Leaf-Spine Fabric with VXLAN HER: Lab Part 1

July 11, 2017
by Pablo Narváez

This is the first post in a series where I’ll go deep on how VXLAN is deployed on Arista switches and how it operates in a Layer-3 Ethernet fabric.


Two-tier Layer-3 VXLAN Ethernet Fabric

For this lab, I will create a self-contained virtual environment with Ubuntu Linux/KVM and Arista virtual EOS (vEOS). Please note, the IP Storage, Services and Border Leafs will not be deployed yet; once we are done with VXLAN, I will add new features and functionalities including the extra Leafs.…