NetScaler appliance in a Private Cloud Managed by Microsoft Windows Azure Pack and Cisco ACI

You can use a NetScaler appliance for load balancing in a private cloud that is managed through Microsoft Windows Azure Pack. The network for the private cloud is automated by using Cisco ACI and NetScaler appliance.

This solution involves many integration points, such as Windows Azure Pack (WAP) to Cisco APIC, Cisco APIC to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), and Cisco APIC to NetScaler appliance. As a tenant in the private cloud, you can enable NAT, provision network services, and add a load balancer.

WAP supports tenant and administrator portals where an administrator can perform administrative tasks such as ACI registration, VIP range, NetScaler appliance device association with virtual machine cloud, tenant user account creation, and so on. Tenants can log on to the WAP Tenant Portal and configure the network, bridge domains, and Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRFs), and make use of the NetScaler appliance load balancing and RNAT features.

Important

  • In this solution, the NetScaler appliance provides only basic load balancing.
  • Tenants can deploy multiple VIP addresses with different ports for the same network, but must ensure that the IP and port combination is unique.
  • The NetScaler appliance device package supports only single-context deployment. Each Tenant gets a dedicated NetScaler appliance instance.
  • WAP supports NetScaler appliance MPX appliances and NetScaler appliance VPX virtual appliances, including NetScaler appliance VPX instances deployed on the NetScaler appliance SDX platform.

The following illustration provides an overview of the solution:

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Prerequisites

Make sure that:

NetScaler appliance in a Private Cloud Managed by Microsoft Windows Azure Pack and Cisco ACI

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