The control plane decouples NSX for vSphere from the physical network and handles the broadcast, unknown unicast, and multicast (BUM) traffic within the logical switches. The control plane is on top of the transport zone and is inherited by all logical switches that are created within it. It is possible to override aspects of the control plane.
The following options are available.
- Multicast Mode
- The control plane uses multicast IP addresses on the physical network. Use multicast mode only when upgrading from existing VXLAN deployments. In this mode, you must configure PIM/IGMP on the physical network.
- Unicast Mode
- The control plane is handled by the NSX Controllers and all replication occurs locally on the ESXi host. This mode does not require multicast IP addresses or physical network configuration.
- Hybrid Mode
- This mode is an optimized version of the unicast mode where local traffic replication for the subnet is offloaded to the physical network. Hybrid mode requires IGMP snooping on the first-hop switch and access to an IGMP querier in each VTEP subnet. Hybrid mode does not require PIM.
This design uses hybrid mode for control plane replication.