The Mellanox team had the pleasure of discussing EVPN VXLAN at the Network Field Day session 17 held at Mellanox. To learn more, view the session recording. Below is our view of the top 3 considerations network operators should have before picking a solution:
◊ Fine Prints to watch out for with other vendors:
Mellanox Spectrum supports VXLAN routing in a single pass at 100/25GbE line rate. The solution supports both symmetric as well as asymmetric routing. Take a look at Ixia demonstrating VXLAN routing with IXNetwork and Mellanox Spectrum. Additionally, this solution works seamlessly with both RoCE (RDMA over Converged Ethernet) and TCP/IP traffic.
◊ Common Performance/scale bottlenecks to watch out for with other vendors:
Mellanox Spectrum supports line rate 100GbE/25GbE switching with predictable cut-through low latency, intelligent congestion management and traffic fairness. Spectrum based EVPN fabrics can stretch up to 750 racks. Other solutions in the market typically have a limit of 64 or 128. Also, Spectrum can support up to 100K VXLAN tunnels.
◊ Common hidden costs to watch for with other vendors:
Spectrum Ethernet switch ASICs integrate rich VXLAN functionality with high capacity packet switching. Thanks to this silicon integration- Mellanox is able to provide feature rich VXLAN EVPN functionality at an affordable price. In addition, the base systems with Cumulus Linux come with dynamic routing protocols and EVPN VXLAN functionality built-in. There are no additional licenses needed.
Build your affordable EVPN VXLAN fabric that works with Mellanox Spectrum and Cumulus Linux.