How do I access UI after scaling out the cluster?

The UI access is restricted from Platform1 only.

What is Platform1 and why do I need to remember this node?

The platform node from which cluster creation process is initiated is treated as Platform1. The UI should be accessed only from this node from out of the n nodes in cluster.

How is data retrieved from the other nodes in a cluster if the UI access is restricted to platform1?

The data of the datacenter is distributed across all nodes in a cluster. And when the UI layer requests data on platform1, the platform1 node gets the data stored on all nodes and sends a response to the UI.

Can I use a platform node which is deployed in different data center for creating clusters?

All nodes in a cluster exchange data between them. So, to avoid latency issues, it is recommended to use the platform nodes deployed in the same data center to create a cluster

What happens to data on existing platform when I scale out the platform node?

The data on an existing platform node is preserved and distributed across all nodes in a cluster.

Does the number of proxy VMs matter in determining how many platform bricks I need?

No. Only the total number of VMs across all vCenters and status of the flows (enabled or disabled) have impact on number of bricks needed. Refer to the brick model table in the vRealize Network Insight Installation Guide.

Does the number of vCenters or the number of physical devices (like routers) or any other type of data sources have impact on the number of platform bricks I need?

No. Only the total number of VMs across all vCenters and status of the flows (enabled or disabled) have impact on the number of bricks needed. Refer to the brick model table in the vRealize Network Insight Installation Guide.

Does vRNI support platform cluster distributed across 2 datacenters for HA reasons?

No. The platform Cluster doesn't support splitting across datacenters. All Platform Cluster VMs should be in same site. Platform Cluster doesn't support HA today. It is on the roadmap. The customers can use SRM for HA against DR across 2 sites.

Does vRNI support single vCenter with more than 6000 VMs and flows enabled?

Up to Release 3.5, the vRNI proxies don't support collecting data from a single large vCenter with more than 6000 VMs with flows. This is on the roadmap.

How much disk space is needed on Platform1?

Platform1 requires more disk space compared to other nodes in cluster as some of the configuration data is stored on Platform1 only.

What happens if any of the node ran out of disk space?

The UI starts showing error messages when disk space on any particular platform node reaches a certain threshold. Add more disk space to the platform node by logging in to vCenter.

How many times data is replicated in cluster?

The data replication mechanism depends on the components present in the platform node.

How do the clusters work?

  • All proxies in a deployment connect to one platform (Platform1). The connectivity between platform and proxy is through https on port 443. So only port 443 is visible to proxies from Platform1.

  • Upon receiving the requests from proxy, Platform1 node load balances requests to other platform nodes in cluster in round robin fashion.

  • The platform node normalizes the data and put them in messaging queue for processing by computation engine.

  • The computation engine distributes the data across all nodes in cluster by using data replication mechanism. That way there won't be any data loss if any of the node (except Platform1) goes down in cluster.

  • Some of the configuration data is stored explicitly on Platform1 node that is not replicated. That's the reason why the high availability solution is not supported.