ZNDP 007 – Multi-tenant Franchisee Network Design with Jody Lemoine

Welcome back Nerds, Geeks, and Ziglets for another episode of the Zigbits Network Design Podcast (ZNDP), where Zigabytes are faster than Gigabytes. As always our goal is to provide you with real world context around technology. I’m Michael Zsiga, also known as Zig, and I am your host. Our Guest Expert for today’s show is Jody Lemoine and our topic of discussion is Multi-tenant Franchisee Network Design!

1. High level summary of technology solution

Essentially, we’re talking about a migration of a simple dual-hub, dual-network DMVPN topology to a multi-tenant (franchisee) network with isolated networks over the same topology. This is a variant of Cisco’s 2547oDMVPN solution that permits direct spoke-to-spoke connectivity rather than running everything through the hub.

2. High level business requirements, constraints, and drivers (00:06:11)

Business Drivers:

  • The need to receive fast food orders from a central on-line ordering system, hosted at two collocations facilities.
  • The requirement for franchisees to connect to any of their store locations from any other store location that they own.

Business Requirements:

  • Continued use of commodity Internet connectivity: PPPoE/DHCP/Static DSL/Cable/3G/4G
  • Re-use of existing hardware: Cisco 3800 ISR hubs and Cisco 87x spokes.

Business Constraints:

  • Low-margin, high volume food sales in a franchisee model required that the solution be inexpensive to implement and operate.
  • Inability (no budget) to change the base technology to accommodate new requirements.

Technology Constraints:

  • Wide distribution of franchisee locations, ranging from major metropolitan centers (Toronto/Vancouver/&c) to tiny communities on the shores of the Arctic Ocean (Inuvik/Iqaluit/&c) required a technology that would work over almost any Internet transport.

3. Detailed breakdown of technical solution chosen and implemented (00:15:04)

  • How are you handling Next hop lookups?
  • How are you handling the label distribution and why?
  • Why did you go with DMVPN Phase 2 verse Phase 3
  • What services are you hosting?
  • How many RT, RD, and VRFs are there?
  • How are you handling the RT, RD, and VRF management
  • Is there a VRF design, with internet access and shared services
  • How many Spokes are there?
  • How many people are there on staff to manage this solution

4. Full list of technical solutions that were compared (00:38:43)

  • For the initial implementation, traditional policy-based IPSec was considered
  • EZ-VPN IPSec connections were considered, but rejected due to authentication management overhead
  • DMVPN (phase 1) eventually won out because of the quick fail over provided by routing protocols vs SA failover.

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Guest Expert: Jody Lemoine

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Michael “Zig” Zsiga II, CCDE™ 2016::32, CCIE™ #44883 has been in the networking industry a little over 15 years. He is currently a Lead Technical Architect at ePlus in the New England region of the United States. Zig holds an active CCDE and two CCIE certifications, one in Routing and Switching and the second in Service Provider. Zig also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Park University. Zig is a father, a husband, a United States Marine, a gamer, a nerd, a geek and a big soccer fan. Zig loves all technology and can usually be found in the lab learning and teaching others. Zig is a co-organizer of The Boston Network Operators Group (www.bosnog.org), runs multiple CCIE Study groups, and is a newly published author. Zig lives in New Hampshire, USA with his wife, Julie and their son Gunnar.