5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 27, 2019 5:05 AM by naymar27

    NSX-T Replication Mode

    naymar27 Novice

      Hello All,

      I have a question regarding the replication Modes. As you know there are two types of replication modes head end and two tiers hierarchical mode. Head end mode is used for L2 fabrics while two tiers is used for L3 Fabrics and can also be use for L2 Fabric (in this case it has the same traffic pattern as the head end replication mode).

       

      My question is what is the advantage of using two tier hierarchical mode over the head end replication mode (even though head end is necessary for L2 Fabric)?

       

      Thanks Best Regards,

        • 1. Re: NSX-T Replication Mode
          Sreec Master
          vExpertCommunity Warriors

          Head end mode is flood learn concept.Source Hypervisor does the flooding of the tunneled packets which ultimately result in more bandwidth usage and some additional overhead on ESXI host.

          Two Tier Mode - Instead of sending X(based on the host count) amount of tunneled copied, it will send few copies ( Based on the TEP subnet group-1 per group) which will result in less bandwidth utilization and less overhead on esxi host so this will be a better option irrespective of L2/L3 fabric .

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          • 2. Re: NSX-T Replication Mode
            naymar27 Novice

            Thanks for the reply, the answer helped me.

            If i'm designing an infrastructure when can I use the two tier or Head End. Since the two tier can do the same job as the head end.

            Are there specific use cases where it is preferable to use the Head End rather than two tier?

             

            Thanks

            • 3. Re: NSX-T Replication Mode
              daphnissov Guru
              vExpertCommunity Warriors

              Head end is default. If your TEPs are all on the same L2, for example, it makes no difference which one you choose. Only if your TEPs span across L3 would you maybe gain some performance improvement with two-tier.

              • 4. Re: NSX-T Replication Mode
                Sreec Master
                vExpertCommunity Warriors

                I don't find any real advantage in head-end replication . In virtualization ,we all prefer load sharing and balancing for Compute/Storage/Network . So Two-Tier is certainly preferred when TEP's are in different subnet. In a single Subnet TEP , irrespective of the option what is selected, there is no difference - It will be a just a cherry picking check button

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                • 5. Re: NSX-T Replication Mode
                  naymar27 Novice

                  Thanks for your help. I thought two-tiers was the default