Nutanix Direct Connect

Nutanix is a global leading hyperconverged infrastructure provider that enables you to bring your hybrid and multicloud networks into a single pane of glass where you can easily manage and control environments. Using intelligent software, Nutanix Xi Cloud, built on world-class hyperconverged infrastructure, enables the integration of compute, storage, virtualisation, and networking into a full-stack solution.

Nutanix Direct Connect

A Nutanix Direct Connect is used to establish a secure private connection between your on-premises data centre and Xi Cloud Services. The Direct Connect feature allows you to set up a high-speed private connection between your on-premises data centre and a virtual private cloud on the Xi Cloud Services portal. The first step is to create a Direct Connect via the Nutanix Cloud portal to obtain a Service Key. This Service Key is then used in the Megaport portal to complete the connectivity from your Megaport port.

Note: You can configure Direct Connect only on the Production virtual private cloud.

Nutanix Direct Connect Configuration

Prerequisites for Setting Up Direct Connect
Ensure the following before you configure Direct Connect between your on-premises data centre and Xi Cloud Services.

  1. Configure a remote router on your on-premises data centre.
  2. Ensure that you have the following details:
    • The BGP peering Autonomous System Number (ASN) of the network on your on-premises data centre
    • The BGP peering IP address that you want to use for the Direct Connect configuration
    • The on-premises VLAN ID
  3. Have access to the Megaport portal.
  4. Set up either a 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps physical port in Megaport.

Enabling Direct Connect on a Virtual Private Cloud

Enable Direct Connect on Xi Cloud Services.
Perform the following procedure to enable Direct Connect on the Production virtual private cloud.

  • Go to Explore > Networking > Virtual Private Clouds.
  • Do one of the following.
    • Select the Production virtual private cloud and, in the Actions drop-down list, click Add Direct
    Connect.
    • Click the Production virtual private cloud, in the Production virtual private cloud details page that
    appears, select Add Direct Connect from the More drop-down list.
    The Add Direct Connect window appears.
  • In the Definition step, do the following in the indicated fields:
    a. Name. Type a name for the connection.
    b. Purpose. Type a description for the connection.
    c. Availability Zone. The availability zone with which your Xi Cloud Services account is associated with is selected in this field.
    d. Provider. Select a Direct Connect provider from the drop-down list.
    Note: In this release, only the Megaport provider is supported.
    e. Connection. Select the connection speed for the exchange port between Megaport and Xi Cloud Services.
    f. Click Next.
Direct Connect Definition
  • In the Access to Services step, do the following in the indicated fields:
    a. BGP Peering Autonomous System Number. Type the BGP peering Autonomous System Number (ASN) of the network on your on-premises data center.
    b. BGP Peering IP. Type the BGP peering IP address that you want to use for the Direct Connect configuration.
    Type the IP address in the /30 or /31 prefix CIDR format. For example, 192.0.2.0/31
    c. Under MD5 Password, click the Auto-generate Password check box.
    This auto-generated password is used to authenticate the BGP session. Note this password to use it to configure your remote on-premises router.
    d. Click Next.
Access to Services
  • In the Completion Steps screen, click Save.
    The Direct Connect tab in the virtual private cloud details page is displayed, which includes the status and details about your Direct Connect configuration.
  • On the Direct Connect tab in the virtual private cloud details page, note the service key. You must use this service key in the Megaport portal to complete the connection.

Adding a Connection in the Megaport Portal

After you enable Direct Connect in Xi Cloud Services, add a Nutanix connection in the Megaport portal.

  • Log on to the Megaport portal.
  • Click + Connection to add a connection to a Megaport.
  • Select the Cloud option.
  • Select Nutanix, Inc. as the cloud provider.
  • Type the Nutanix Service Key, which is available on the Direct Connect tab in the virtual private cloud details page of the Xi Cloud Services portal.
    Megaport fetches the details of the Direct Connect configuration you created in the Xi Cloud Services portal by using this Nutanix Service Key.
  • Select the Nutanix destination port.
  • Provide the VLAN ID of your on-premises data centre in the connection details section.
    Megaport fetches the Connection speed you selected for the exchange port from the Xi Cloud Services portal. The connection speed is displayed in the connection details section of the Megaport portal.
  • Select Add VXC. Select Order from the shopping cart and select Order Now to deploy the connection.

Updating the Direct Connect Configuration

You can change the connection speed of the exchange port between Megaport and Xi Cloud Services.

  1. Go to Explore > Networking > Virtual Private Clouds.
  2. Do one of the following.
    • Select the Production virtual private cloud and, in the Actions drop-down list, click Update Direct Connect.
    • Click the Production virtual private cloud, in the Production page that appears, select Update Direct Connect from the More drop-down list.
    The Update Direct Connect window appears.
  3. In the Definition screen, in the Connection drop-down list, select the new connection speed of the exchange port between Megaport and Xi Cloud Services.
  4. Proceed to the Access to Services step and click Save.
    The new speed is displayed on the Direct Connect tab in the virtual private cloud details page.
  5. In the Megaport portal, open the Nutanix connection,
    ensure that the new speed is detected, and save the changes.

Removing the Direct Connect Configuration

To remove the Direct Connect configuration from your Xi Cloud Services account perform the following procedure.

  1. Go to Explore > Networking > Virtual Private Cloud.
  2. Do one of the following.
    • Select the Production virtual private cloud and, in the Actions drop-down list, click Remove Direct Connect.
    • Click the Production virtual private cloud, in the Production page that appears, select Remove Direct Connect from the More drop-down list.
  3. Click OK in the confirmation message that appears.
  4. In the Direct Connect provider portal (Megaport), delete the connection.
    The Direct Connect configuration is removed from the Direct Connect tab in the virtual private cloud details page.

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