Load balancing the Cloud Director cells utilizing NSX ALB


As per the VMware Cloud Director Equipment Sizing Pointers, the minimal advisable variety of cells to be deployed for a manufacturing surroundings is three. There might be extra cells relying on the deployment dimension and the anticipated tenant load. 

Since there isn’t any embedded possibility for load balancing these cells, an exterior answer should be used for that function. There are a number of choices involving completely different options and designs – one is to make use of VMware NSX Superior Load Balancer.

To start with the configuration of the VMware NSX Superior Load Balancer, a number of gadgets should be already in place:

  • The VMware NSX Superior Load Balancer should be deployed within the administration zone, and a minimum of one cloud with a minimum of one service engine group must be created. Each VMware vCenter/vSphere ESX and NSX clouds are supported to load balancing the VMware Cloud Director cells.
  • The Service Engine sizing must be outlined in accordance with the anticipated load.
  • The VMware Cloud Director cells should be deployed and operating already. 
  • All of the required certificates for the digital providers should be generated, which will likely be used within the Public Addresses configuration. 

To simplify the configuration and future upkeep, the overall suggestion is to create two digital providers as an alternative of 1 – one Inside (Cloud Supplier) and one Exterior (Tenant). It is going to avoid wasting effort in a while and reduce the danger of creating a mistake with any configurations, as every digital service has its function clearly recognized. Nevertheless, VMware Cloud Director can’t have a number of addresses/FQDNs set in its Public Addresses settings. This implies the VMware Cloud Director FQDN must be resolved by the general public DNS pointing to the exterior VIP and the inner DNS pointing to the inner VIP.

With VMware Cloud Director 10.5, a brand new devoted part of the documentation lists some prompt load balancer settings.

Based mostly on these suggestions, the next gadgets should be created and configured in VMware NSX Superior Load Balancer to efficiently load steadiness the VMware Cloud Director cells:

  • Utility Profile
  • Well being Monitor
  • Certificates Import
  • Swimming pools
  • Digital IPs (VIPs)
  • Digital Providers

Moreover, relying on whether or not the surroundings would require it, issues akin to DataScripts and String Lists might be utilized.

To seek out the total configuration and safety particulars, step-by-step procedures to create every merchandise, and instance screenshots, please verify our Load Balancing the VMware Cloud Director Cells with VMware NSX Superior Load Balancer whitepaper that was not too long ago printed.

It additionally accommodates details about configuring older VMware Cloud Director variations (pre-10.4) the place the Console Proxy requires further consideration.

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