New and Changed Features in Cisco NX-OS Release 7.3(0)N1(1) and Cisco NX-OS Release 7.3(0)D1(1)
This section describes the new features introduced in the Cisco Programmable Fabric with VXLAN BGP EVPN solution that supports the following solution elements:
- Cisco Prime DCNM 7.2(3) for Fabric Management
- Cisco NX-OS 7.3(0)N1(1) for the Cisco Nexus 5600 Switches
- Cisco NX-OS 7.3(0)D1(1) for the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches
- Cisco NX-OS 7.0(3)I1(3) for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches
- Cisco Virtual Topology System 2.1 for Overlay Orchestration
The following are the new features introduced in Cisco Programmable Fabric with VXLAN BGP EVPN for programmability, simplification, optimality, and automation of the Data Center Fabric environment.
1. An IP fabric based on VXLAN data plane encapsulation and Open Standards-based, BGP EVPN control plane, with Cisco Nexus switches functioning in the role of fabric leaf, spine, border leaf, and border spine. This includes support for a Distributed Anycast Gateway that allows for optimal handling of Layer-3 traffic with top of rack (ToRs) serving as the default gateway for all the workloads under them.
In each Layer-2 network configuration, knobs that allow early Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) termination (using the suppress-arp command) and disabling of flooding due to unknown unicast traffic (using the suppress-unknown-unicast command) have been added. In addition, with vPC leaf nodes, the advertise-pip command has been introduced to support advertisement of subnet prefix routes in EVPN with next hop as the primary IP address of the VTEP interface.
The following combinations are supported for the fabric:
– Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches with Cisco Nexus 5600 Switches (using Bidirectional Protocol Independent Multicast [Bidir-PIM])
– Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches with Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches (using PIM Any Source Multicast [ASM] or PIM Single Source Multicast [SSM])
– Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches (using PIM ASM/PIM SSM)
– Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches (using Bidir PIM, PIM ASM, or PIM SSM)
– Cisco Nexus 5600 Switches (using Bidir PIM)
2. MPLS Layer-3 VPN, LISP, and Classical Ethernet Layer-2 or Layer-3 DCI handoffs (includes DCI auto configuration for MPLS Layer-3 VPN, LISP, and Classical Ethernet Layer-3 handoffs).
3. VXLAN OAM support (includes standard OAM functionalities such as ping, traceroute, and error verification).
4. VXLAN EVPN POAP templates for leaf, spine, border leaf, and border spine. Cisco Prime DCNM ships with Cisco-validated templates with best practice configurations for Cisco Nexus 5600 Switches, Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches, Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches, and Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches that allows for a simple out-of-box deployment of a VXLAN EVPN fabric.
5. Extensive Bare-Metal or Virtual-Machine Automation. In addition to Virtual Station Interface (VSI) Discovery Protocol (VDP), data packet (data frame snooping), and CLI-based auto configuration triggers, VM Tracker, and LLDP-based triggers have been added to provide a rich workload automation suite. This suite provides automated Day 1 tenant configuration, with DCNM serving as a network database repository (with LDAP). DCNM ships with a set of validated VXLAN EVPN-based configuration profiles that can be further customized to fit the needs of a particular data center fabric.
Note Auto configuration triggers should not be used when VTS is used for overlay orchestration.
6. Bidir PIM support for VXLAN underlay with vPC (Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches) - Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches and Cisco Nexus 5600 Switches can be a part of the same VXLAN EVPN fabric with Bidir PIM support in the underlay for handling overlay multidestination traffic, that is, for Broadcast, Unknown Unicast, Multicast (BUM) traffic.
7. LDAP pre-emptive option for leaf and border leaf. When Cisco Prime DCNM is deployed in a high availability (HA) setup, a feature is added, where the DCNM LDAP servers can be configured as primary and backup or secondary servers. When a failure occurs, the leaf nodes automatically switch to the backup server for network auto configuration queries. Now, with the pre-emptive option, the leaf nodes intelligently switch back to the primary server as soon as the server is restored. This allows the semantics of the primary LDAP server to be enforced so that it will be used as long as it is up.
8. Support for per-port auto configuration trigger. Auto configuration can be enabled or disabled at the port level per trigger type.
9. Supports VM Mobility.
10. IP fabric allows seamless integration with OpenStack.
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Cisco Bug Search Tool
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- Last modified date
- Status, such as fixed (resolved) or open
- Support cases
For more information about how to use the Cisco Bug Search Tool, including how to set email alerts for bugs and to save bugs and searches, see Bug Search Tool Help and FAQ.
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To use the Cisco Bug Search Tool:
1. In your browser, navigate to the Cisco Bug Search Tool.
2. If you are redirected to a Log In page, enter your registered Cisco.com username and password and then, click Log In.
3. To search for a specific bug, enter the bug ID in the Search For field and press Enter.
4. To search for bugs related to a specific software release, do the following:
a. In the product field, choose Series/Model from the drop-down list and then enter the product name in the text field. If you begin to type the product name, the Cisco Bug Search Tool provides you with a drop-down list of the top ten matches. If you do not see this product listed, continue typing to narrow the search results.
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A predefined date range, such as last week or last six months.
A specific type of bug, such as open or fixed.
The bug severity level as defined by Cisco. For definitions of the bug severity levels, see Bug Search Tool Help & FAQ.
The rating assigned to the bug by users of the Cisco Bug Search Tool.
Whether a support case has been opened or not.