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Blueprint - Physical (Datacenter)

You can view progressive changes in the staged blueprint before you push them to the active blueprint. This staging area allows you to validate that the pending changes are compliant with the intent, and that they work together with available resources and devices before you deploy the network.

Topology

The Staged view is where you'll get your network ready for initial deployment and perform Day 2 operations.

You can view topologies 2D or 3D view, and selections within topologies as neighbors, links, or virtual network endpoints, as applicable.

2D Topology View

From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Topology to go to the 2D topology view.

  • To make topology elements larger, click the Expand Nodes check box.
  • To display the links between elements, click the Show Links check box.
  • To display a different layer, select the layer from the Layer drop-down list
  • To display additional information (node name, hostname, role, link, tags, as applicable), hover over a node or link.
  • To display a different label (name, hostname, S/N), select a different label from the Topology Label drop-down list.
  • To display a specific rack topology, click the rack element or select the rack from the Selected Rack drop-down list.
  • To display a specific node topology, click the node element in the topology or select the node from the Selected Node drop-down list.

3D Topology View

Note:

This feature is classified as a Juniper Apstra Technology Preview feature. These features are "as is" and are for voluntary use. Juniper Support will attempt to resolve any issues that customers experience when using these features and create bug reports on behalf of support cases. However, Juniper may not provide comprehensive support services to Tech Preview features.

For additional information, refer to the Juniper Apstra Technology Previews page or contact JuniperSupport.

From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Topology and click 3D.

  • You can zoom in and out, move left and right, and reset to the default size and orientation.
  • To display additional information (node name, hostname, role, as applicable) hover over a node.
  • To display rack topology (in 2D), click the rack element or selecting the rack from the Selected Rack drop-down list.
  • To display node topology (in 2D), click the node element or select the node from the Selected Node drop-down list.

Neighbors Selection View

To see the neighbors view of a selection, click Neighbors.

  • To display aggregate links, click the Show Aggregate Links check box.
  • To display unused ports, click the Show Unused Ports check box.
  • To display a different label (name, hostname, S/N), select a different label from the Topology Label drop-down list (right side).
  • To display a particular neighbor type (all neighbors, generic, leaf, spine, and so on) select it from the Show drop-down list.
  • To display available operations for a selected node or interface select the check box(es).

Links Selection View

To see the links view of a selection, click Links.

Virtual Networks Endpoints

To see the virtual network endpoints of a selection, click Virtual Networks Endpoints.

Nodes

From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Nodes to go to nodes in the blueprint.

  • You can view nodes in the table view or card view.
  • In table view, you can select which details to display (from the drop-down list).
  • You can click the name of a node in the table to display information in the right panel (such as telemetry, properties, and tags).

Links

From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Links to go to links in the blueprint.

Racks

You can control the growth of your network by adding, editing and deleting complete racks in a running blueprint. This flexible fabric expansion (FFE) feature is supported on both 3-stage and 5-stage Clos networks. (In 5-stage topologies, you can also add and remove pods, and (as of version 4.0.1) increase the number of superpines per plane. Although, you cannot add or remove planes themselves.) You can also change rack names.

Rack types are embedded into blueprints from the global catalog. The rack type in the global catalog and the blueprint are initially the same. When you use FFE operations (for example to change link speeds, add generic systems or add/remove links) the rack type is modified and its timestamp is updated. The rack type name in the global catalog and the blueprint are still the same, but their contents are now different from each other.

From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Racks to go to racks in the blueprint. You can view racks in table view or list view. You can filter racks to show all, selected only, or unselected only. The image below shows all racks in the list view.

Pods

From the Pods view, you can view pod capacity and change pod names. 3-stage topologies can have only one pod. If your topology is for 5-stage, you can add and remove entire pods. The ability to add pods to your running blueprint allows for organic growth of large networks without having to pre-design every pod. For more information about building 5-stage topologies, see 5-stage Clos Architecture.

From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Pods to go to pods in the blueprint. You can search for specific nodes or links and select a layer to see build details, deploy modes, or uncommitted changes.

Planes

Planes are groups of superspines. Each 5-stage topology consists of one or more planes.

From the blueprint, navigate to Staged > Physical > Planes to go to planes in the blueprint.

You can add superspines to planes in 5-stage Clos networks. The maximum number of super spines is limited by the number of available spine ports of type superspine. When you add superspines, additional superspine nodes are created with the same logical devices that are used in the existing blueprint template. You must manually assign the interface maps for the device profiles of each new node. When the devices are physically ready, you can assign each node with their corresponding system IDs (serial numbers). When you commit pending changes, the superspines are configured and they become part of the control and data plane, taking part of forward traffic between pods.

Find by Tags

With Find by Tags, you can search the entire blueprint for nodes, links, and connectivity templates that have associated tags.

  1. From any page in the staged (or active) blueprint click Find by Tags (right side).
  2. Either start typing to filter tags for selection, or select one or more check boxes.
  3. Click Find tagged objects to display all objects with those tags.