Nutanix Direct Connect

The Nutanix Direct Connect feature lets you set up a high-speed private connection between your on-premises data center and a virtual private cloud on the Xi Cloud Services portal.

Set up is a two step process: first, you create a Direct Connect through the Nutanix Cloud portal to obtain a service key, and then use the service key in the Megaport portal to create a VXC from your Megaport port.

Prerequisites for Setting Up Direct Connect

Before you configure Direct Connect between your on-premises data center and Xi Cloud Services, make sure you complete these steps

  • Configure a remote router in your on-premises data center.
  • Set up either a 1 Gbps or 10 Gbps physical port through the Megaport portal.

And make sure you have this information:

  • The BGP peering Autonomous System Number (ASN) of the network on your on-premises data center
  • The BGP peering IP address that you want to use for the Direct Connect configuration
  • The on-premises VLAN ID

Enabling Direct Connect on a Virtual Private Cloud

This procedure describes how to set up Direct Connect for the Production virtual private cloud with Megaport as the provider.

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

To enable Direct Connect on the Production virtual private cloud

    1. In the Xi Cloud Services portal, go to Explore > Networking > Virtual Private Clouds.
    2. Add a Direct Connect.
      • Select the Production virtual private cloud and from the Actions drop-down list, click Add Direct Connect.
        — or —
      • Click the production virtual private cloud and in the details page select Add Direct Connect from the More drop-down list.The Add Direct Connect window appears.
    3. In the Definition step, complete these fields:
      • Name. Type a name for the connection.
      • Purpose. Type a description for the connection.
      • Availability Zone. The availability zone for your Xi Cloud Services account.
      • Provider. Select Megaport as the Direct Connect provider.
      • Connection. Select the connection speed for the exchange port between Megaport and Xi Cloud Services.
    4. Click Next.
    5. In the Access to Services step, complete these fields:
      • BGP Peering Autonomous System Number. Enter the BGP peering Autonomous System Number (ASN) of the network on your on-premises data center.
      • BGP Peering IP. Enter the BGP peering IP address to use for the Direct Connect configuration.
        Use the /30 or /31 prefix CIDR format, for example, 192.0.2.0/31
      • MD5 Password. Click the Auto-generate Password check box. This auto-generated password authenticates the BGP session. Save this password to use it to configure your remote on-premises router.
    6. Click Next.
    7. In the Completion Steps screen, click Save.
      The Direct Connect tab in the virtual private cloud details page appears, which includes the status and details about your Direct Connect configuration.
    8. On the Direct Connect tab in the virtual private cloud details page, copy the service key.
      You need to use this service key in the Megaport portal to set up 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.

To add a connection to Xi Cloud Services

    1. In the Portal, go to the Services page and select the port you want to use.
    2. Click +Connection and click Cloud.
    3. For Provider, select Nutanix.
    4. Enter the Nutanix service key.
      This key is available on the Direct Connect tab in the virtual private cloud details page of the Xi Cloud Services portal.
    5. Select the Nutanix destination port.
    6. Specify these connection details:
      • Name your connection – The name of your VXC to be shown in the Megaport Portal.
      • Invoice Reference – This is an optional field. It can be any text, such as a PO number or billing reference number.
      • Rate Limit – Megaport retrieves 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 and cannot be changed.
      • A-End VLAN – Provide the VLAN ID of your on-premises data center in the connection details section.

    7. Click Next.
      A summary page appears that includes the monthly cost. Click Back to make changes or click Add VXC to move this configuration to your cart. Once you have finished this configuration, you can configure additional VXCs or proceed through the checkout process.

Updating the Direct Connect Configuration

You can change the speed of the Direct Connect connection from the Nutanix cloud portal.

To change the connection speed of the exchange port between Megaport and Xi Cloud Services

      1. In the Xi Cloud Services portal, go to Explore > Networking > Virtual Private Clouds.
      2. Update the Direct Connect.
        • Select the Production virtual private cloud and, in the Actions drop-down list, click Update Direct Connect.
          or
        • 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, from the Connection drop-down list, select the new connection speed of the exchange port between Megaport and Xi Cloud Services.
      4. Go 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 and 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

      1. In the Xi Cloud Services portal, go to Explore > Networking > Virtual Private Cloud.
      2. Remove the Direct Connect.
        • Select the Production virtual private cloud and, from the Actions drop-down list, click Remove Direct Connect.
          or
        • 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 Megaport portal, delete the VXC connection.

The Direct Connect configuration is removed from the Direct Connect tab in the virtual private cloud details page.

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