Using Network Resources

There are three network configurations available: Customer Managed Network, Cisco Managed Network, and Cisco Managed Gateway Network. Both Cisco Managed network configurations let you create and manage network objects using the Networking Service (neutron) and the Networking APIs. As of the Metacloud 4.1 release, project members as well as administrators can create and manage network resources.

These network resources include networks, subnets, and ports which other Metacloud services can use. The networking service, provides an API and command-line interface that lets you define network connectivity including Layer 3 forwarding and Network Address Translation (NAT), and addressing in the cloud. For more information on the Cisco Managed deployment methodologies and use cases, see Supported Networking Use Cases and Limitations.

The Networking service includes the following components:

  • API server—The Metacloud Networking API includes support for Layer 2 networking and IP address management (IPAM), as well as an extension for a Layer 3 router construct that enables routing between Layer 2 networks and gateways to external networks.
  • OpenStack Networking plug-in and agents—Metacloud supports the Cisco ML2 + Linux bridge agent and the Cisco ASR1k plug-in for Layer 3 networking services, if configured.
  • Messaging—The Metacloud architecture requires a messaging queue to shuttle requests between hardware and services.

Using a Cisco Managed Network

In Cisco Managed Networks, the Metacloud Support team fully manages your Metacloud Network Platform. The team manages the Networking service routers, switches, and Aggregation Services Routers (ASRs). The ASRs connect to your internally-managed router and firewall for access to the Internet. A Cisco Managed Network ensures that your Metacloud network and Metacloud environment are managed and monitored by Metacloud Support Team.

Cisco Managed Network

Cisco Managed Network

Using a Cisco Managed Gateway Network

In Cisco Managed Gateway Networks, the Metacloud Support team manages your Metacloud Network Platform. The team manages the networking routers and Aggregation Services Routers (ASRs). The ASRs connect to your internally-managed switches which then communiticate with your router and firewall for access to the Internet. A Cisco Managed Network ensures that your Metacloud network and Metacloud environment are managed and monitored by Metacloud Support Team.

Cisco Managed Gateway Network

Cisco Managed Gateway

Using a Customer Managed Network

In Customer Managed Networks, Metacloud customers manage all aspects of the Metacloud Network Platform. The Metacloud team does not manage any aspects of the Metacloud Network Platform but will notify the customer when network issues are detected.