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Solution Benefits

This Juniper Validated Design Extension (JVDE) document is an extension of the 3-Stage Data Center Design with Juniper Apstra JVD; for more information on deploying 3-stage data center fabric with Juniper Apstra, refer to the JVD. The document provides detailed instructions for deploying VMware-NSX-T in inline mode for integration with Juniper Apstra. The solution is designed to meet the needs of Juniper’s customers who run data centers with the VMware platform with vSphere, ESXi servers, and virtual machines.

It is based on best practices as determined by Juniper’s subject matter experts, and Juniper support teams have extensive training and resources necessary to support networks based on JVDEs.

Juniper Validated Design Extensions Benefits

  • Qualified Deployments—JVDEs are a prescriptive blueprint for building upon a JVD data center fabric to meet the requirements of a specific use case. This approach makes building blocks JVDEs “known quantities” that can be deployed quickly, simply, and reliably.
  • JVDEs are designed to meet the needs of most of Juniper’s data center customers and are based on customer feedback. It is designed to scale beyond the initial design and support the adoption of different hardware platforms based on customer requirements.
  • Risk Mitigation—Each JVDE goes through the New Product Initiative (NPI) testing framework to achieve validation. JVDEs contain the configuration necessary to extend a JVD data center network fabric with new functionality based on best practices and common use cases.
  • JVDEs are verified by a suite of automated testing tools that can be used to validate the performance and reliability of Juniper solutions.
  • Predictability—NPI testing verifies that all products in the JVDE work together as expected, using the explicitly defined versions of hardware and software documented therein. Common use cases are tested to determine the capabilities and limitations of the JVDE’s constituent products when working together.

The underlying JVD data center network fabric, as well as any products and services listed in the JVDE, is tested for end-to-end functionality. This ensures that the specific combination of hardware, software, and features function as expected with the prescribed Junos OS releases.

Juniper Apstra and VMware Integration Benefits

Integrating Juniper Apstra with VMware NSX-T and VMware vCenter simplifies data center network operations. This integration accelerates the deployment of fabric VLANs needed for deploying NSX-T in the data center and connects the NSX-T overlay network with the fabric underlay. This, in turn, expedites troubleshooting and remediation of VLAN misconfiguration by automatically suggesting the correct network fabric changes.

Combining Juniper Apstra, VMware NSX-T, and VMware vCenter provides network administrators with visibility into the networking details of virtual machines (VMs) and containers hosted by ESXi servers, which are connected to leaf switches managed by Juniper Apstra as part of the JVD data center network fabric.