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Designing and Publishing Network Services


There are three tools that you use together to design and publish network services for centralized and distributed deployments in a hybrid WAN deployment:

  • Firstly, you use Configuration Designer to create configuration templates for virtualized network functions (VNFs). The configuration templates specify the parameters that the customer can configure for a network service.

  • Next, you use Resource Designer to create VNF packages. A VNF package specifies the network functions, function chains, performance, and a configuration template that you created in Configuration Designer.

  • Finally, you use Network Service Designer to:

    • Design service chains for network services using the VNF packages that you created with Resource Designer.

    • Configure network services.

    • Publish network services to the network service catalog.

You use the same process to create network services for centralized and distributed deployments. You cannot, however, share network services between a centralized deployment and a distributed deployment that are managed by one Contrail Service Orchestration installation. In this case, you must create two identical services, one for the centralized deployment and one for the distributed deployment.

You can also use Configuration Designer to create workflows for device templates.

For detailed information about using the Designer Tools, see the Contrail Service Orchestration User Guide.