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vmotion addressing

Hello all,

Should vmotion network be routable?  In other words, should i advertise the network in the router?

Since it is moving vm between esxi hosts, there is no need for routing. Right? If so, i can use any private address range and do not advertise it.  Correct?

What do you recommend - routable vs non routable?

Thank you in advance.

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Commander
Commander

Its depends on the network Devices you use and the level you want to take your infrastructure. So

A really nice Article is written for this situation : Routed vMotion: Why? - Cumulus Networks Blog

i Believe this will clear most of your doubts like me. Smiley Wink

Please consider marking this answer "correct" or "helpful" if you found it useful. Anjani Kumar | VMware vExpert 2014-2015-2016 | Infrastructure Specialist Twitter : @anjaniyadav85 Website : http://www.Vmwareminds.com
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Virtuoso
Virtuoso

The issue prior to vSphere 6 was that routed vMotion required a Request for Product Qualification (RPQ, sometimes referred to as an RFQ) by VMware engineering.

You can read more about the new features and support here: vMotion Enhancements for vSphere 6 Announced - Wahl Network

Given the choice of leaf/spine with L2 termination at the cabinet, and the use of vSphere 6, I would use a routed topology with L3 ECMP. It offers a vastly more bandwidth without having to use tricks to bond links together at L2 such as vPC. The reality is that most folks are not at this point yet, and terminate L2 at the distro/aggregation layer, or use a blade architecture where L3 is north of the blade fabric (such as UCS).

VCDX #104 (DCV, NV) ஃ WahlNetwork.com ஃ @ChrisWahl ஃ Author, Networking for VMware Administrators
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