Nine Common Scenarios for Multicloud Design

Nine Common Scenarios for Multicloud Design

  • January 8, 2019

How to use Megaport and Megaport Cloud Router for multicloud designs – from simple single-region to complex resilient multi-region architectures.

When it comes to architecting cloud infrastructure to host business-critical applications, any enterprise should make sure they have measures in place to protect their organisation from experiencing an outage. A high-performance backup architecture could mean the difference between your mission-critical workloads running smoothly and major disruptions causing potential loss of data, customers, and revenue.

Some of the headaches you might experience when designing networks for hybrid and multicloud architectures include:

  • Moving data between CSPs
  • Knowing where to add resiliency
  • Knowing how much resiliency to add to meet budget

In order to solve for these potential issues, we’ll look at nine different design scenarios using Megaport and Megaport Cloud Router (MCR) that you can build. These range from a simple partially protected network to an end-to-end highly available resilient network for multicloud and hybrid cloud with an affordable price tag and with no lock-in contract.

Scenarios

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • Legends

Scenario 1

Single Megaport connecting to each CSP.

HA design
No
Multicloud
Yes
On-premises DC (Colo) or Office
Yes – 1 DC
On-premises geographically close to CSPs
Yes
Diverse regions
No

Prerequisites

  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports LX Optical 1Gbps or LR Optical 10Gbps Ports
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports BGP
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports IEEE 802.1ad (Q-in-Q) – Specifically for Microsoft Azure

Note: If 802.1ad not supported, use Scenario 3 (MCR).

Megaport Technology Required
 
How many?
Megaport
Yes
1
Megaport Cloud Router (MCR)
No
 
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Same Metro
Yes
4 (1 for each CSP)
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Long Haul
No
 
Single DC non-HA diagram

Scenario 2

Dual Megaports configured as a LAG that connects to each CSP in an HA configuration.

HA design
Yes
Multicloud
Yes
On-premises DC (Colo) or Office
Yes – 1 DC
On-premises geographically close to CSPs
Yes
Diverse regions
No

Prerequisites

  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports LX Optical 1Gbps or LR Optical 10Gbps Ports
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports BGP
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports IEEE 802.1ad (Q-in-Q) – Specifically for Microsoft Azure

Note: If 802.1ad not supported, use Scenario 3 (MCR).

Megaport Technology Required
 
How many?
Megaport
Yes
2 (in LAG)
Megaport Cloud Router (MCR)
No
 
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Same Metro
Yes
8 (2 for each CSP)
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Long Haul
No
 
Single DC LAG HA diagram

Scenario 3

MCR as a hub that connects a single Megaport in a DC with CSPs.

HA design
Yes
Multicloud
Yes
On-premises DC (Colo) or Office
Yes – 1 DC
On-premises geographically close to CSPs
No
Diverse regions
No

Prerequisites

  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports LX Optical 1Gbps or LR Optical 10Gbps Ports
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports BGP (for better path selection, not mandatory)
Megaport Technology Required
 
How many?
Megaport
Yes
1
Megaport Cloud Router (MCR)
Yes
1
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Same Metro
Yes
4 (1 for each CSP)
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Long Haul
Yes
1
Single DC non-HA MCR diagram

Scenario 4

Megaport in each Diversity Zone connecting to each CSP in an HA configuration.

HA design
Yes
Multicloud
Yes
On-premises DC (Colo) or Office
Yes
On-premises geographically close to CSPs
Yes
Diverse regions
No

Prerequisites

  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports LX Optical 1Gbps or LR Optical 10Gbps Ports
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports BGP
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports IEEE 802.1ad (Q-in-Q) – Specifically for Microsoft Azure

Note: If 802.1ad not supported, use MCR (Scenario 6).

Megaport Technology Required
 
How many?
Megaport
Yes
2 (4 in a LAG)
Megaport Cloud Router (MCR)
No
 
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Same Metro
Yes
8 (2 for each CSP)
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Long Haul
No
 
Single DC full HA diagram

Scenario 5

Dual MCRs as hubs that connect CSPs in an HA configuration without requiring on-premise infrastructure.

HA design
Yes
Multicloud
Yes
On-premises DC (Colo) or Office
No
On-premises geographically close to CSPs
N/A
Diverse regions
No

Prerequisites

  • None required
Megaport Technology Required
 
How many?
Megaport
No
 
Megaport Cloud Router (MCR)
Yes
2
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Same Metro
Yes
8 (2 for each CSP)
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Long Haul
No
 
Dual DC cloud only MCR diagram

Scenario 6

Dual MCRs as hubs that connect a DC with a Megaport in each Diversity Zone to CSPs in an HA configuration.

HA design
Yes
Multicloud
Yes
On-premises DC (Colo) or Office
Yes
On-premises geographically close to CSPs
No
Diverse regions
No

Prerequisites

  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports LX Optical 1Gbps or LR Optical 10Gbps Ports
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports BGP (for better path selection, not mandatory)
Megaport Technology Required
 
How many?
Megaport
Yes
2 (4 in a LAG)
Megaport Cloud Router (MCR)
Yes
2
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Same Metro
Yes
8 (2 for each CSP)
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Long Haul
Yes
2
Single DC full HA MCR diagram

Scenario 7

Single Megaport in each DC connecting to CSPs in HA configuration.

HA design
Yes
Multicloud
Yes
On-premises DC (Colo) or Office
Yes – 2 DCs
On-premises geographically close to CSPs
Yes
Diverse regions
Yes

Prerequisites

  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports LX Optical 1Gbps or LR Optical 10Gbps Ports
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports BGP
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports IEEE 802.1ad (Q-in-Q) – Specifically for Microsoft Azure

Note: If 802.1ad not supported, use MCR (Scenario 8).

Megaport Technology Required
 
How many?
Megaport
Yes
2 (4 in a LAG)
Megaport Cloud Router (MCR)
No
 
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Same Metro
Yes
8 (2 for each CSP)
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Long Haul
No
 
Dual DC HA diagram

Scenario 8

Dual MCRs as hubs that connect DCs with Megaports to CSPs in an HA configuration.

HA design
Yes
Multicloud
Yes
On-premises DC (Colo) or Office
Yes
On-premises geographically close to CSPs
N/A
Diverse regions
Yes

Prerequisites

  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports LX Optical 1Gbps or LR Optical 10Gbps Ports
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports BGP
Megaport Technology Required
 
How many?
Megaport
Yes
2
Megaport Cloud Router (MCR)
Yes
2
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Same Metro
Yes
8 (2 for each CSP)
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Long Haul
Yes
2 (plus 2 optional)
Dual DC HA MCR diagram

Scenario 9

Dual MCRs as hubs that connect DCs with Megaports in different Diversity Zones to CSPs in an HA configuration.

HA design
Yes
Multicloud
Yes
On-premises DC (Colo) or Office
Yes – 2 DCs
On-premises geographically close to CSPs
No
Diverse regions
Yes

Prerequisites

  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports LX Optical 1Gbps or LR Optical 10Gbps Ports
  • Customer (on-premises) network equipment supports BGP (for better path selection, not mandatory)
Megaport Technology Required
 
How many?
Megaport
Yes
4
Megaport Cloud Router (MCR)
Yes
2
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Same Metro
Yes
8 (2 for each CSP)
VXC (Virtual Cross Connect) – Long Haul
Yes
4
Dual DC full HA MCR diagram
Multicloud legend diagram

Implementing a high availability strategy within your organisation means you reduce the risk that service outages can pose to your business continuity, profits, and reputation. Our connectivity specialists can provide design and support to ensure your organisation never goes dark.

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