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How to try open networking for free.

Want to try open networking for free? Try NVIDIA® Cumulus VX – a free virtual appliance that provides all the features of NVIDIA Cumulus Linux. You can preview and test NVIDIA Cumulus Linux in your own environment, at your own pace, without organizational and economic barriers. You can also produce sandbox environments for prototype assessment, pre-production rollouts, and script development.

NVIDIA Cumulus VX runs on all popular hypervisors, such VirtualBox and VMware VSphere, and orchestrators, such as Vagrant and GNS3.

Our website has the images needed to run NVIDIA Cumulus VX on your preferred hypervisor—download is simple. What’s more, we provide a detailed guide on how to install and set up NVIDIA Cumulus VX to create this simple two leaf, one spine topology:

With these three switches up and running, you are all set to try out NVIDIA Cumulus Linux features, such as traditional networking protocols (BGP and MLAG), and NVIDIA, formally Cumulus Networks-specific technologies, such as ONIE and Prescriptive Topology Manager (PTM). And, not to worry, the NVIDIA Cumulus Linux user guide is always close at hand to help you out, as well as the community Slack channel, where you can submit questions and engage with the wider Continue reading

Auto BGP

The NVIDIA® Cumulus Linux 4.2.0 release introduces a nifty new feature called auto BGP, which makes BGP ASN assignment in a two-tier leaf and spine network configuration a breeze. Auto BGP does the work for you without making changes to standard BGP behavior or configuration so that you don’t have to think about which numbers to allocate to your switches. This helps you build optimal ASN configurations in your data center and avoid suboptimal routing and path hunting, which occurs when you assign the wrong spine ASNs.

If you don’t care about ASNs then this feature is for you. But if you do, you can always configure BGP the traditional way where you have control over which ASN to allocate to your switch. What I like about this feature is that you can mix and match; you don’t have to use auto BGP across all switches in your configuration – you can use it to configure one switch but allocate ASN numbers manually to other switches.

So, how does auto BGP assign ASNs?

We use private 32-bit ASN numbers in the range 4200000000 through 4294967294. This is the private space defined in RFC 6996. Each leaf is Continue reading