VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud provides bandwidth expansion as well as direct access to enterprise and cloud applications, and data.

Daryl Visman Daryl Visman VMware Technical BDM at Dicker Data
Daryl Visman

How VMware VCG sets VeloCloud apart from Competitors

There are many SD-WAN solutions available in the market today. These solutions are all built on the same idea - offering a virtual overlay network based on tunnels that carry traffic over multiple underlay links. The benefits of SD-WAN include template-based drop ship provisioning, application aware routing for better throughput and performance plus the capability to continuously monitor the state of overlay connections for latency and jitter and dynamically reroute traffic in the event of a problem.

So, what makes VMware VCG special?

VMware VeloCloud Gateways (VCG) can be hosted by VMware at the top public POPs or deployed by Service Providers (Software Gateway on Premise/Partner Gateways). VMware SD-WAN Gateways support multi-tenancy. The primary role of Gateway is as a Controller with the control plane functioning to allow the Edges to understand their available circuit bandwidths and be aware of the rest of the estate. VMware VeloCloud Gateways Software also has traverse traffic and facilitates data plane functionality.

Some of the Data Plane functions can be activated by add-on licenses while VeloCloud Premium edition has everything included already. The VeloCloud Orchestrator assigns the Gateways to every Edge based on its location. An Edge using Release 3.3.0 or later will have four VCG's assigned to it: Primary, Secondary, Super Gateway and its redundancy. All the Edges which do not have a common Primary or Secondary Gateway will use the Super Gateway for Edge-to-Edge communication. There may be additional VCGs assigned depending on whether the Edge is also connected to a Non-VeloCloud site or using a Cloud Security Service. All these steps are embedded in VeloCloud deployments, and kick in automatically once an Edge is up online, so chances are you might not even realise it’s happening.

Using Gateways to forward data, you can design to: 

  1. Route traffic between branches. That is where we use Primary/Secondary or Super Gateways to establish a VPN connection between branches for improved performance and scalability.
  2. Provide cloud on-ramp to Azure, AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Alibaba. Extend the benefits of DMPO to SaaS applications, since VMWare Gateways are hosted in the same PoPs as the closest entry point to the major SaaS applications.
  3. Chain in third party services in the cloud, such as Zscaler, Forcepoint, Palo Alto Networks and Check Point. This Gateway is then chosen based on close proximity with the 3rd party. No matter how many branches there are, only two tunnels out from the Gateways to the service are required.
  4. Resell shared services out of your DC, if you are a Service Provider. You can host your own on-prem Gateways, and point the customer Edges to them

Dicker Data and VMware

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Contact your Dicker Data VMware team at licensing@dickerdata.com.au to discuss SD-WAN solutions and enquiries.


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