Jan 5, 2012
Alvinzzq reports in from Singapore with a simple VX-Xpress deployment experience. His company consists of several regional branches that were all working on a slow 1Mbps dedicate fiber or WiMAX VPN tunnel. Even sending a 10MB file through the WAN was a torturous process.
However, once he installed VX-Xpress with the company’s existing ESXi servers, everything changed. Not only did he realize that VX-Xpress required very little bandwidth to operate (2vcpu, 2GB RAM), he also needed no new hardware to complete the installation.
In Alvin’s deployment, his team carried out testing between two hosts in a production environment with real data over the existing WAN without affecting the remaining hosts on their network, addressing a common IT concern about how to test new systems without potentially impacting network functionality.
Alvin set up host A as a test unit and pointed it directly to VX-Xpress as the primary gateway and their firewall as the secondary gateway. This approach allowed theme to test the scenario where VX-Xpress failed and data would travel through the firewall and to the WAN. The rest of network traffic continued to flow through the main firewall as the original gateway. In VX-Xpress, they set up the next WAN path to point to the firewall as the next hop, so all traffic will flow from host A to the VX-Xpress for optimization and then to the firewall to proceed to the VPN tunnel.
This approach helped Alvin and his team achieve several objectives:
– Test VX-Xpress capabilities in a production environment without affecting network functionality. Nothing beats testing in a real-life deployment versus a paper concept, he added.
– Test VX-Xpress with out any new hardware or proof of concept hassle. Alvin complained that it’s often problematic to set up hardware tests and then restore the network to full functionality afterwards.
– A simple deployment scenario. Alvin was very happy to comment that all his company needed was his VMware expertise and to follow simple directions on the Silver Peak website to get their test up and running.
Alvin was elated to report that the 1GB file he’d mentioned earlier that previously took 50 minutes to transfer after multiple tries, now took just 5 minutes to transfer.
Alvin offers kudos to Johnny at Silver Peak in Singapore for his help to oversee the deployment.
With all of Alvin’s extra time, maybe he had an extra Singapore Sling for New Year’s?!