NSX Advanced Load Balancer (ALB), formerly known as Avi Vantage, is VMware’s load balancer solution. It can provide ubiquitous, high-performance load balancing functionality for pod networking (L4 load balancer and ingress), and node networking in the Kubernetes cluster through deploying AKO (Avi Kubernetes Operator) in a cluster. By interacting with AVI Controller, it can provide traffic observability, network security, high configurable load balancer data plane and other advance features. For more information on the services provided by NSX ALB, see Avi with Cloud Services.
Tanzu Kubernetes Grid - NSX Advanced Load Balancer integration provides you the easiest solution to completely leverage the features of the NSX Advanced Load Balancer in an enterprise level multi-Kubernetes clusters scenario.
The integrated solution helps implement:
This is achieved by running an Avi Kubernetes Operator (AKO) on each cluster. When compared with the AKO that is installed directly through the Helm CLI, the AKO managed by Tanzu Kubernetes Grid has huge advantages and unique and powerful functionalities, as described in the following table:
|AKO managed by Tanzu Kubernetes Grid||AKO installed using the Helm chart|
|AKO configurations and Functionalities (AKO CRDs)||Yes
|AKO Lifecycle (Deploy/Upgrade/Deletion) Management||Yes
|AKO Credentials and Certificate Management||Yes
|Avi Resource Lifecycle Management||Yes
|Cluster Endpoint VIP IPAM and Configuration||Yes
|Cluster Control Plane Nodes Load Balancing||Yes
Tanzu Kubernetes Grid includes VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer Essentials Edition.
To install NSX ALB for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid on VMware Cloud on AWS, Azure VMware Solution, or Google Cloud VMware Engine, see Install NSX Advanced Load Balancer in a VMware Cloud Environment.
You can configure NSX Advanced Load Balancer in Tanzu Kubernetes Grid as the:
All the functionalities are achieved by running AKO in the Kubernetes cluster, which interacts with NSX Advanced Load Balancer. For more information on AKO, see Avi Kubernetes Operator.