Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing

version 1.0 — April 08, 2021

Release Date: April 01, 2021

Summary

Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing Fling is a virtual appliance that helps you deploy a NSX Advanced Load Balancer (by Avi Networks) in a handful of clicks!
This will enable you to leverage the power of NSX Load Balancer (multi-cloud load balancing, web application firewall, application analytics across any cloud) without any required knowledge. Perfect for Demo, Training and Proof of Concept!

Features

  • A familiar VMware Clarity User Interface
  • Automatically deploy an Avi Controller and Avi Service Engines
  • Seamless integration with your VMware Cloud on AWS environment (with AVS and GCVE support coming soon!)
  • Option to deploy sample app that leverages Avi load balancing

For more information, read this blog post: New Fling: Easy Deploy for NSX Load Balancing a.k.a EasyAvi

Requirements

Where to deploy Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing

Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing can be installed inside or outside your SDDC.

Prerequisites to install the Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing appliance

The Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing appliance requires the following:

  • 2 vCPUs
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 12 GB of Disk

Prerequisites to use Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing:

Wherever you decide to install Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing, the appliance will need to access the VMC, vCenter and NSX-T API endpoints.

Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing will need Internet Access to download the Avi software file. If you install Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing within the SDDC, make sure the Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing appliance can access the Internet through the Compute Gateway.

Firewall rules

While using the Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing appliance, make sure you allow traffic from the Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing appliance AND the management network (selected during the deployment of Avi services) to vCenter over HTTPS.

If you deploy Easy Deploy for NSX Advanced Load Balancing within the SDDC, you therefore need to set up the right rules on your management gateway - for simplicity, the picture below shows "Any" as a source but you can obviously be more specific.

VMC Networking

Up to three segments need(s) to be created in VMC for:

  • Management Network (which will contain the Avi Controller, a jump server (which will be destroyed at the end of the deployment), SE(s))
  • VIP Network (will contain SE(s)) 
  • Backend Network (will contain backend servers if application has been enabled)

You can use the same segment for the three networks or a dedicated segment for each network.

Your segment(s) require(s) a DHCP pool configured with free IPs. The number of free IP depends of the amount of SE(s) that you plan to deploy:

  • You need 2 IPs in the management network excluding the amount of SE(s) - In addition, each SE mandates a single free IP in this network
  • You need 2 IPs in the backend network if you have selected the basic application to be deployed
Instructions

Please read the Flings_Instructions.pdf

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