Architecture layout of NSX-T Data Center
As we all know that NSX is one of the retro product of VMware into the network and security. It run on any device, any cloud and and any application.
At present one can run and its connectivity on most of the public cloud like Alibaba, IBM Cloud, AWS or Azure.
Lets talk about the all rounder of NSX which is NSX Transformer (NSX-T) which can make communication with various hypervisor like ESXi, KVM, Containers, Openstack and many more.
To continue conversation with NSX-T Data Center, lets discuss its major elements.
There are 3 main elements of NSX -T Data Center which are:
1) Management Plane
2) Control Plane
3) Data Plane
In NSX-T Datacenter ver 2.4 Management and Control Plane are converged means the are now available on single VM or you can say in one OVF.
1) Management Plane:
It is designed with advance clustering technology, which allow the platform to process large scale concurrent API request. NSX manager of NSX-T DC provides REST API and web based UI interface entry point for all the user configuration.
2) Control Plane:
Control Plane consist of 3 node configuration cluster which is responsible for computing and distributing runtime virtual network and security state of NSX-T Data Center environment.
The Control Plane is further separated into 2 components which are ( CCP) Central Control Plane and (LCP) Local Control Plane.
This separation simplifiy the work of CCP and enable platform to extend and scale environment of the NSX-T
3) Data Plane:
The Data plane includes a group of ESXi or KVM host including NSX Edge nodes. The group of server and edge node prepared for NSX-T are called Transport node.
The Transport node are responsible for distributing and forwarding of network traffic. In NSX-T vCenter is not basic requirement where distributed virtual switch are created.
In NSX-T its having its own switch (N-VDS) which is NSX-managed virtual distributed switch decoupled the data plane from the compute manager (vCenter).