New AHV Networking Best Practices Guide Available

  • 17 March 2017
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New AHV Networking Best Practices Guide Available
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This Blog Was Authored by Jason Burns, Staff Solutions Architect & Kate Guillemette, Technical Writer & Editor at Nutanix.

The Nutanix Solutions team has just released a new best practices guide specifically designed to answer advanced questions about AHV networking on the Enterprise Cloud Platform.

The networking described in the AHV Best Practices Guide covers a wide range of the scenarios that Nutanix administrators encounter every day. However, when the defaults don't match customer requirements, you’ll want to use this advanced networking guide.

The default AHV networking structure provides a highly available network for guest VMs and the Nutanix Controller VM (CVM). This structure includes simple control and segmentation of guest VM traffic using VLANs, as well as IP address management. The network visualization page for AHV available in Prism also provides a view of the guest and host network configuration for troubleshooting and verification.

In this guide, you can see how administrators can use the Nutanix CLI to configure advanced networking features on a single host or, conveniently, on all hosts at once. VLAN trunking for guest VMs allows a single VM NIC to pass traffic on multiple VLANs for network-intensive applications. You can apply VLAN tags to the AHV host and CVM in situations that require all traffic to be tagged. Grouping (bonding) host adapters in different ways can provide physical traffic isolation or allow advanced load balancing and link aggregation beyond the default active-backup mechanism to provide maximum throughput and redundancy for VMs and hosts. The tools we present in this document can enable you to configure a Nutanix system with AHV to meet the demanding requirements of any VM or application.

To download the document, click here. If you’re a Nutanix partner or customer, you can also access it via our support portal.

For feedback or questions, get in touch with us via our social media channels or the Nutanix NEXT Community forums.

Additional Information

Nine Things You Need to Know About Network Visualization
Maximum Performance from AHV and Open vSwitch
Network Load Balancing with AHV
Virtual Networks for VMs in AHV
AHV VM Networking Enhancements: VLAN Trunking
Simple Isolated Networks for Secure Virtual Data Centers with Palo Alto Networks & Nutanix AHV

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