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Virtual Switch Support for EVPN Overview

 

Starting with Junos OS Release 14.1, VLAN-aware bundle service is introduced on MX Series routers. Starting with Junos OS Release 14.2, VLAN-aware bundle service is introduced on EX9200 switches. Starting with Junos OS Release 17.3, VLAN-aware bundle service is introduced on QFX Series switches. . This feature allows Ethernet VLANs over a WAN to share a single EVPN instance while maintaining data-plane separation between the different VLANs.

Junos OS has a highly flexible and scalable virtual switch interface. With a virtual switch, a single router or switch can be divided into multiple logical switches. Layer 2 domains (also called bridge-domains or vlans) can be defined independently in each virtual switch. To configure VLAN-aware bundle service, an EVPN must run in a virtual-switch routing instance.

On the EX Series and MX Series, a single EVPN instance can stretch up to 4094 bridge domains or VLANs defined in a virtual switch to remote sites. A virtual switch can have more than 4094 bridge domains or VLANs with a combination of none, single, and dual VLANs. However, because EVPN signaling deals only with single VLAN tags, a maximum of 4094 bridge domains or VLANs can be stretched. The EVPN virtual switch also provides support for trunk and access interfaces.

Starting with Junos OS Release 17.3R1, On the QFX10000 switches, you can configure both EVPN and virtual-switch routing instances. The EVPN routing instance supports VLAN-based service. With VLAN-based service, the EVPN instance includes only a single broadcast domain, and there is a one-to-one mapping between a VNI and MAC-VRF. Up to 100 EVPN routing instances are supported. The virtual-switch routing instance supports VLAN-aware service, and up to 10 virtual-switch routing instances with 2000 VLANs are supported.

If you create VLANs that are not part of a routing instance, they become part of the default switch routing instance.

Note
  • The none VLAN option is supported with bridge domains or VLANs under the virtual switch instance type for EVPNs.

  • Access interfaces configured with single or dual VLAN tags are supported in EVPN. By default, only Ethernet frames with single or no VLAN tags are transported across the EVPN core. As a result, dual-tagged Ethernet frames received on the access interfaces must be normalized to Ethernet frames with single or no VLAN tags for proper transmission over the EVPN core.

    You can enable transporting of dual-tagged frames across the EVPN core network by including both the vlan-id none and no-normalization configuration statements together.

There are two types of VLAN-aware bundle service:

  • VLAN-aware bundle without translation

    The service interface provides bundling of customer VLANs into a single Layer 2 VPN service instance with a guarantee end-to-end customer VLAN transparency. The data-plane separation between the customer VLANs is maintained by creating a dedicated bridge-domain for each VLAN.

  • VLAN-aware bundle with translation

    The service interface provides bundling of customer VLANs into a single Layer 2 VPN service instance. The data-plane separation between the customer VLANs is maintained by creating a dedicated bridge-domain for each VLAN. The service interface supports customer VLAN translation to handle the scenario where different VLAN Identifiers (VIDs) are used on different interfaces to designate the same customer VLAN.

EVPN with virtual switch provides support for VLAN-aware bundle with translation only.

Release History Table
Release
Description
Starting with Junos OS Release 17.3R1, On the QFX10000 switches, you can configure both EVPN and virtual-switch routing instances.
Starting with Junos OS Release 17.3, VLAN-aware bundle service is introduced on QFX Series switches.
Starting with Junos OS Release 14.2, VLAN-aware bundle service is introduced on EX9200 switches.
Starting with Junos OS Release 14.1, VLAN-aware bundle service is introduced on MX Series routers.