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Virtual VLANs

This is as simple as complex networking gets.

Why did I do this?

  1. Adding/removing NICs from a FreeBSD VM (pfSense) will require the VM be rebooted for the changes to take effect. The “sub-interface” VLAN method is much more production-friendly.
  2. OVS handles VLANs where Linux Bridges do not
  3. OVS handles VXLAN encapsulation where Linux Bridges do not
  4. I should be able to fail over to a single piece of hardware completely redundantly.
  5. I should be able to deploy only a single piece of hardware in the exact same configuration that I would set up a 3+ piece cluster.
  6. Because immutable infrastructure is the shit and scales with an acceptable ratio for federated services.
  7. Because Cloud-in-a-ProxMox-Box sounds pretty darn cool.
  8. Because this can elastically scale out
  9. Because it should be able to federate AAA


For corporate IT leaders, it’s practically impossible to deliver best-in-class IT solutions across the enterprise without a multi-cloud strategy,” Murr explains. “However, this isn’t the case for customer-facing products, which quite often ride atop a single IaaS or PaaS provider