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SmartNIC – The Next Step in Networking

There has been more and more talk about something called SmartNICs. Development originally started with AWS as an internal project for their cloud, simplifying their network operations and making the physical network devices simpler, dumber, and easier to manage. To me, this evolution is the next step in the networking layer.

The reason why is simple. For the last few years, the industry is moving away from complicated configurations in individual network devices, to simpler configurations in centrally managed controllers. Abstracting away complexity while we scale, is key there. By moving the network configuration to the server NICs, instead of … Read more

Manually preparing ESXi hosts for VMware NSX

Usually when installing VMware NSX, the Update Manager takes care of ESXi host preparation. It takes a few VIB packages from the NSX Manager and pushes those to the ESXi hosts to prepare them for VXLAN, the distributed firewall and the distributed router.

It can happen that this process fail, for one reason or another. For instance, if your Update Manager is on the fritz or if you don’t have an Update Manager (haven’t tested this, but would imagine that that would be an issue). In those cases, whatever you do, you won’t be able to properly prepare your … Read more

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