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I’m often getting the same question when delivering online courses or webinars focused on data center fabrics or cloud infrastructure:

Is it possible to build a redundant layer-3-only fabric with no VLANs stretched across multi switches, and use X (for example, VMware NSX) on such a fabric?

In this document, we’ll explore the problem and identify three potential solutions:

  • Servers and applications using multiple IP addresses from different subnets;
  • Routing on servers (and applications using loopback addresses);
  • Fabric-based workarounds.

The second part of the document describes the current state of real-life products, including VMware NSX for vSphere.

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  • The Problem
  • Applications using multiple IP addresses
  • Routing on servers
  • Fabric-based workarounds

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