ACI / NX-OS & VMware Interface Bundling Mapping

Reference to the ACI & NX-OS interface redundancy and bundling options mapped to VMware constructs.

VMware OptionACI OptionNX-OS OptionLACPComment
Route based on originating virtual portMAC PinningSwitch link configuration without any bundling configurationNoStandard unbundled links (no lacp, no static, no channel group or other bonding config in Cisco switch config)
Route based on source MAC hashMAC PinningSwitch link configuration without any bundling configurationNoStandard unbundled links (no lacp, no static, no channel group or other bonding config in Cisco switch config)
Use explict failover orderMAC PinningSwitch link configuration without any bundling configurationNoStandard unbundled links (no lacp, no static, no channel group or other bonding config in Cisco switch config)
Route based on physical NIC loadMAC Pinning-Physical-NIC-loadSwitch link configuration without any bundling configurationNoStandard unbundled links (no lacp, no static, no channel group or other bonding config in Cisco switch config)
Route based on IP hash (No eLACP)Static Channel – Mode Onchannel-group mode onNoStatic link bundling. Links are grouped into channel groups on the switch ports connected to the pNICs.
No LACP LAG’s (Enhanced LAG) configured.
Route based on IP hash (eLACP)LACP Active’ or ‘LACP Passive‘mode active’ or ‘mode passive’YesEnhanced LACP – 802.3ad, LAG groups
LACP LAG’s (Enhanced LAG) configured.

Simon Birtles

I have been in the IT sector for over 20 years with a primary focus on solutions around networking architecture & design in Data Center and WAN. I have held two CCIEs (#20221) for over 12 years with many retired certifications with Cisco and Microsoft. I have worked in demanding and critical sectors such as finance, insurance, health care and government providing solutions for architecture, design and problem analysis. I have been coding for as long as I can remember in C/C++ and Python (for most things nowadays). Locations that I work without additional paperwork (incl. post Brexit) are the UK and the EU including Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Belgium.

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