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East to West Traffic

Hello,

How is east to west traffic handled? If I have Server-1 in Chassis-A, and need to communicate with Server-2 in Chassis-B, will the traffic flow through the 6120's to our Nexus, and back down to Chassis-B, or will it only flow up to the 6120's and then over to Chassis-B...?

The same question can be asked for East to West within the same chassis.

Thanks!

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Re: East to West Traffic

East-West traffic between blades in the same chassis or to blades in another chassis is handled the same way. The FEX ports on the back of the chassis will never fowared traffic between them. All traffic goes up to the 6120s and then back down to the approriate blade.

If the East-West traffic is in the same VLAN it will go up to the 6120s and directly to the other blade. If the traffic is in another VLAN then it will go all the way to the layer 3 device get routed to the appropriate VLAN and back down through the 6120s.

If your 6120s are uplinked to a pair of Nexus 5ks and the traffic is in another VLAN it still must go beyond the 5ks becasue the 5ks do not do any routing.

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Re: East to West Traffic

East-West traffic between blades in the same chassis or to blades in another chassis is handled the same way. The FEX ports on the back of the chassis will never fowared traffic between them. All traffic goes up to the 6120s and then back down to the approriate blade.

If the East-West traffic is in the same VLAN it will go up to the 6120s and directly to the other blade. If the traffic is in another VLAN then it will go all the way to the layer 3 device get routed to the appropriate VLAN and back down through the 6120s.

If your 6120s are uplinked to a pair of Nexus 5ks and the traffic is in another VLAN it still must go beyond the 5ks becasue the 5ks do not do any routing.

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Re: East to West Traffic

This is the answer I was hoping for!

Thanks Jeremy,

-Mike

Re: East to West Traffic

One thing of note that I forgot to mention is that east-west traffic between connections on different fabric interconnects has to traverse the northbound switch because the two fabric interconnects are not connected together in the data plane only the management plane for clustering.This is true even if the two devices are in the same VLAN.

For example you have two VMs, one on blade 1 chassis 1 and one on blade 2 chassis one. The vNIC on VM1 has been pinned to a blade vNIC that is on fabric A and the VM2 vNIC on a blade vNIC on fabric B. For these two VMs to communicate the traffic has to traverse the northbound layer 2 switch.

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