Introducing Cisco Cloud Community Controller on Google Cloud Platform – Half 3


Half 1 and Half 2 of this weblog sequence lined native cloud networking and firewall guidelines automation on GCP, and a learn by means of is really useful for completeness. This remaining publish of the sequence is about enabling exterior entry for cloud sources. Extra particularly, it can give attention to how prospects can allow exterior connectivity from and to GCP, utilizing both Cloud Native Router or Cisco Cloud Router (CCR) based mostly on Cisco Catalyst 8000v, relying on use case.

By increasing earlier capabilities, Cisco Cloud Community Controller (CNC) will provision routing, automate VPC peering between infra and consumer VPCs, and BGP IPSec connectivity to exterior networks with just a few steps utilizing the identical coverage mannequin.


This situation will leverage the present configuration constructed beforehand represented by network-a and network-b VPCs. These consumer VPCs shall be peered with the infra VPC in a hub and spoke structure, the place GCP cloud native routers shall be provisioned to ascertain BGP IPSec tunnels with an exterior IPSec machine. The GCP cloud native routers are composed by the mixture of a Cloud Router and a Excessive-availability (HA) Cloud VPN gateway.

The high-level topology beneath illustrates the extra connections automated by Cisco CNC.


Provisioning Cloud Native Routers

Step one is to allow exterior connectivity beneath Area Administration by choosing through which area cloud native routers shall be deployed. For this situation, they are going to be provisioned in the identical area because the Cisco CNC as depicted on the high-level topology. Moreover, default values shall be used for the IPSec Tunnel Subnet Pool and BGP AS beneath the Hub Community representing the GCP Cloud Router.

The cloud native routers are being provisioned purposely on a unique area as an instance the flexibility of getting a devoted hub community with exterior entry. Nevertheless, they might have been deployed on the identical area because the consumer VPCs.

Provisioning Cloud Native Routers

Be aware: a quick overview of the Cisco CNC GUI was supplied on Half 1.

Enabling Exterior Networks

The subsequent step is to create an Exterior Community assemble throughout the infra tenant. That is the place an exterior VRF can be outlined to symbolize exterior networks related to on-premises information facilities or distant websites. Any cloud VRF mapped to present VPC networks can leak routes to this exterior VRF or can get routes from it. Along with the exterior VRF definition, that is additionally the place VPN settings are entered with the distant IPSec peer particulars.

The configuration beneath illustrates the stitching of the exterior VRF and the VPN community throughout the area the place the cloud native routers are being provisioned within the backend. For simplicity, the VRF was named as “external-vrf” however in a manufacturing surroundings, the title needs to be outlined properly and aligned to the exterior community as to enhance operations.

Create External Network

The VPN community settings require public IP of the distant IPSec machine, IKE model, and BGP AS. As indicated earlier, the default subnet pool is getting used.

Add VPN NetworkAs soon as the exterior community is created, Cisco CNC generates a configuration file for the distant IPSec machine to ascertain BGP peering and IPSec tunnels with the GCP cloud native routers. Beneath is the choice to obtain the configuration file.

Configuring Exterior IPSec Machine

Because the configuration file offers a lot of the configuration required for the exterior IPSec machine, customization is required solely on tunnel supply interface and routing settings the place relevant to match native community necessities. On this instance, the distant IPSec machine is a digital router utilizing interface GigabitEthernet1. For brevity, solely one of many IPSec tunnels config is proven beneath together with all the opposite config generated by Cisco CNC.

vrf definition external-vrf
    rd 100:1
    address-family ipv4

interface Loopback0
    vrf forwarding external-vrf
    ip deal with

crypto ikev2 proposal ikev2-1
    encryption aes-cbc-256 aes-cbc-192 aes-cbc-128
    integrity sha512 sha384 sha256 sha1
    group 24 21 20 19 16 15 14 2

crypto ikev2 coverage ikev2-1
    proposal ikev2-1

crypto ikev2 keyring keyring-ifc-3
    peer peer-ikev2-keyring
        deal with
        pre-shared-key 49642299083152372839266840799663038731

crypto ikev2 profile ikev-profile-ifc-3
    match deal with native interface GigabitEthernet1
    match identification distant deal with
    identification native deal with
    authentication distant pre-share
    authentication native pre-share
    keyring native keyring-ifc-3
    lifetime 3600
    dpd 10 5 periodic

crypto ipsec transform-set ikev-transport-ifc-3 esp-gcm 256
    mode tunnel

crypto ipsec profile ikev-profile-ifc-3
    set transform-set ikev-transport-ifc-3
    set pfs group14
    set ikev2-profile ikev-profile-ifc-3

interface Tunnel300
    vrf forwarding external-vrf
    ip deal with
    ip mtu 1400
    ip tcp adjust-mss 1400
    tunnel supply GigabitEthernet1
    tunnel mode ipsec ipv4
    tunnel vacation spot
    tunnel safety ipsec profile ikev-profile-ifc-3

ip route GigabitEthernet1

router bgp 65002
    bgp router-id 100
   bgp log-neighbor-changes
    address-family ipv4 vrf external-vrf
        community masks
        neighbor remote-as 65534
        neighbor ebgp-multihop 255
        neighbor activate

Verifying Exterior Connectivity standing

As soon as configuration is utilized, there are a couple of methods to confirm BGP peering and IPSec tunnels between GCP and exterior units: by way of CLI on the IPSec machine itself and by way of Cisco CNC GUI on the Exterior Connectivity dashboard.

Verifying External Connectivity status

Within the GCP console (infra mission), beneath Hybrid Connectivity, it reveals each the IPSec and BGP classes are established accordingly by the mixture of a Cloud Router and an HA Cloud VPN gateway automated by Cisco CNC, upon definition of the Exterior Community. Be aware that the infra VPC community is called as overlay-1 by default as a part of the Cisco CNC deployment from {the marketplace}.

Route Leaking Between Exterior and VPC Networks

Now that BGP IPSec tunnels are established, let’s configure inter-VRF routing between exterior networks and present consumer VPC networks from earlier sections. This works by enabling VPC peering between the consumer VPCs and the infra VPC internet hosting VPN connections, which can share these VPN connections to exterior websites. Routes obtained on the VPN connections are leaked to consumer VPCs, and consumer VPC routes are marketed on the VPN connections.

Utilizing inter-VRF routing, the route is leaked between the exterior VRF of the VPN connections and the cloud native consumer VRFs. The configuration beneath illustrates route leaking from external-vrf to network-a.

The reverse route leaking configuration from network-a to external-vrf is filtered with Subnet IP to indicate granularity. Additionally, the identical steps have been carried out for network-b however not depicted for brevity.

Create Leak Route

Along with the present peering between network-a and network-b VPCs, now each consumer VPCs are additionally peered with the infra VPC (overlay-1) as depicted on the high-level topology.

By exploring one of many peering connection particulars, it’s potential to see the exterior subnet within the imported routes desk.

On the distant IPSec machine, the subnets from network-a and network-b VPCs are realized over BGP peering as anticipated.

remote-site#sh bgp vpnv4 unicast vrf external-vrf
<<<output omitted for brevity>>>
     Community          Subsequent Hop            Metric LocPrf Weight Path
Route Distinguisher: 100:1 (default for vrf external-vrf)
 *>                  0         32768 i
 *            100             0 65534 ?
 *>                      100             0 65534 ?
 *            100             0 65534 ?
 *>                      100             0 65534 ?

Defining Exterior EPG for the Exterior Community

Up thus far, all routing insurance policies have been automated by Cisco CNC to permit exterior connectivity to and from GCP. Nevertheless, firewall guidelines are additionally required for end-to-end connectivity. That is completed by creating an exterior EPG utilizing subnet choice because the endpoint selector to symbolize exterior networks. Be aware that this exterior EPG can be created throughout the infra tenant and related to the external-vrf created beforehand.

Create EPG

The subsequent step is to use contracts between the exterior EPG and the beforehand created cloud EPGs to permit communication between endpoints in GCP and exterior networks, which on this situation is represented by (loopback0 on distant IPSec machine). As that is taking place throughout totally different tenants, the contract scope is ready to world and exported from the engineering tenant to the infra tenant and vice-versa, if permitting visitors to be initiated from each side.

To the cloud connectivity
From the cloud connectivity

On the backend, the mixture of contracts and filters interprets into correct GCP firewall guidelines, as lined in particulars on Half 2 of this sequence. For brevity, solely the result is supplied beneath.

remote-site#ping vrf external-vrf supply lo0
Kind escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Packet despatched with a supply deal with of !!!!!
Success fee is one hundred pc (5/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 84/84/86 ms
remote-site#ping vrf external-vrf supply lo0
Kind escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Packet despatched with a supply deal with of !!!!!
Success fee is one hundred pc (5/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 132/133/138 ms
root@web-server:/residence/marinfer# ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of knowledge.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=254 time=87.0 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=254 time=84.9 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=254 time=83.7 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=254 time=83.8 ms

root@app-server:/residence/marinfer# ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of knowledge.
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=254 time=134 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=254 time=132 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=254 time=131 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=254 time=136 ms

Superior Routing Capabilities with Cisco Cloud Router

Leveraging native routing capabilities as demonstrated might suffice for some particular use circumstances and be restricted for others. Due to this fact, for extra superior routing capabilities, Cisco Cloud Routers might be deployed as a substitute. The provisioning course of is comparatively the identical with CCRs additionally instantiated throughout the infra VPC in a hub and spoke structure. In addition to being able to handle the whole lifecycle of the CCRs from the Cisco CNC, prospects can even select totally different tier-based throughput choices based mostly on necessities.

One of many essential use circumstances for leveraging Cisco Cloud Routers is the BGP EVPN help throughout totally different cloud websites operating Cisco CNC, or for hybrid cloud connectivity with on-prem websites when coverage extension is fascinating. The totally different inter-site makes use of circumstances are being documented on particular white papers, and beneath is a high-level topology illustrating the structure.

GCP Architecture


There are a number of methods of enabling exterior entry and hybrid cloud connectivity for cloud sources. Cisco CNC offers flexibility to prospects by giving choices to leverage native routing capabilities or extra superior options with CCR. Moreover, though not lined as a part of this sequence, skill to import and handle connectivity to brownfield VPCs can be supported to deal with use circumstances with present VPC networks.

In conclusion, this weblog sequence introduces Cisco CNC for purchasers to discover and perceive the advantages of leveraging a cloud networking software program to automate and construct their cloud environments on GCP. Furthermore, Cisco CNC makes it simple to combine with present cloud automation instruments similar to Terraform by publishing steady supplier updates.




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Weblog Sequence: Introducing Cisco Cloud Community Controller on Google Cloud Platform

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