About Reflective Relay 802.1Qbg
Beginning with Cisco Nexus Release 9.2(1), Cisco Nexus N9K-C93180YC-FX and N9K-C93180TC-FX switches support the switching option, reflective relay. The current release continues the support to Cisco Nexus N9K-C93180YC-EX and N9K-C93180TC-EX switches also. This feature is a tagless approach of IEEE standard 802.1Qbg. It forwards all traffic to an external switch that applies policy and sends the traffic back to the destination or target VM on the server as needed. There is no local switching. For broadcast or multicast traffic, reflective relay provides packet replication to each VM locally on the server.
Reflective relay leverages the external switch for switching features and management capabilities, freeing server resources to support the VMs. Reflective relay applies the policies you configure on the Cisco Nexus switches to traffic between the VMs on the same server.
You can enable reflective relay to turn back traffic out of the same port it came in on. You can enable reflective relay on a Layer 2 physical port or port-channel interface policy using the NX-OS CLI. This feature is disabled by default.
The term Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator (VEPA) is also used to describe 802.1Qbg functionality.
Reflective Relay Support
Reflective relay supports the following:
Cisco Nexus N9K-C93180YC-EX, N9K-C93180TC-EX, N9K-93180YC-FX and N9K-C93180TC-FX series switches.
IEEE standard 802.1Qbg tagless approach, known as reflective relay.
Physical domains—virtual domains are not supported.
Physical ports and port channels—Does not support Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) and blade servers. If reflective relay is enabled on an unsupported interface, a fault is raised, and the last valid configuration is retained. Disabling reflective relay on the port clears the fault.