Create Edge Gateways

A vCloud Director edge gateway is a virtual router for organization vDC (virtual Data Center) networks. An Edge Gateway provides a routed connection between an organization vDC network and an external network. 

You can create an Edge Gateway in either a compact or a full configuration. The full configuration provides increased capacity and performance. The compact configuration requires less memory and fewer compute resources. All services are supported in either configuration.

To create an edge gateway:

  1. Go to your Control Panel > Cloud > Edge Gateways menu and click the "+" button. This will start an edge gateway creation wizard.
  2. Fill in the wizard step by step. Each of these steps is described in the corresponding sections below.
  3. Click the New Edge Gateway button to start the creation process. You will be taken to the edge gateway details screen.

Step 1 of 6. General


  1. Indicate the following details:
    • Label - indicate the label of the edge gateway
    • Description - write additional info about the edge gateway
    • Organization - select the organization with which the edge gateway will be associated
    • Resource Pool - choose the appropriate resource pool from the drop-down list
    • Edge Gateway Configuration - choose configuration type of the edge gateway from the drop-down list:
      • Compact - requires less memory and fewer compute resources

      • Large - provides increased capacity and performance compared to the Compact option 

      • Quad large - recommended for high throughput and requires a high connection rate

    • Enable High Avaiability - move the slider to the right to enable high availability option for this edge gateway
    • Create as Advanced Gateway - move this slider to the right to enable advanced edge gateway services. Note that after you enable this slider, the Enable Distributed Routing slider becomes available to you.
    • Enable Distributed Routing - move this slider to the right to enable distributed routing
    • Configure IP settings - move this slider to the right to manually configure IP settings  
    • Configure Rate Limits - move this slider to the right to manually configure the inbound and outbound rate limits

       2. Click Next to proceed to the following step of the wizard where you can specify the external networks.



Step 2 of 6. External Networks


At this step, choose external networks to which your edge gateway will be connected:

  • External Networks - select the external network from the drop-down list

Click Next to proceed to the following step of the wizard where you can specify the IP settings configuration.



Step 3 of 6. Configure IP Settings


This step is optional. It becomes available after you move the Configure IP settings slider to the right at the first step of the creation wizard.

     1. Click the label of the external network.

     2. Indicate the following details:

    • Assign - move this slider to the right to assign an IP address for each of the subnets. You may choose not to assign IP addresses to a given subnet at all.
    • Auto - move this slider to the left to indicate the IP address manually. 
    • IP range - select the IP range from the drop-down list
    • IP address - select the IP address from the drop-down list

     3. Click Next to proceed to the following step of the wizard where you can specify the default gateway.



Step 4 of 6. Default Gateway


At this step, select a network to be the default gateway:

  • Configure default gateway - move this slider to the right to enable automatic configuration of the default gateway
  • Default gateway - select the default gateway from the drop-down list
  • Use default gateway for DNS relay - move this slider to the right to use default gateway for DNS relay 

Click Next to proceed to the following step of the wizard where you can configure rate limits.



Step 5 of 6. Configure Rate Limits


This step is optional. It becomes available after you move the Configure rate limits slider to the right at the first step of the creation wizard.

     1. Click the label of the external network.

     2. Indicate the following details:

    • Enable rate limits - move this slider to the right to enable the inbound and outbound rate limits
    • Incoming rate limit - indicate the inbound rate limit in megabits per second. The default value is 100. The minimal value is 0,001 Mbps.
    • Outgoing rate limit - indicate the outbound rate limit in megabits per second. The default value is 100. The minimal value is 0,001 Mbps.

     3. Click Next to proceed to the next step of the wizard that completes the edge gateway creation process.



Step 6 of 6. Summary


At this step, you can find the configuration summary of the edge gateway, which will be created. You can view the external networks with their IP nets, IP addresses, incoming and outgoing rate limits.

The page that loads will provide you with the following information:

  • Label - the label of the edge gateway
  • Description - additional info about the edge gateway
  • Organization - the organization with which the edge gateway will be associated with
  • Resource Pool - the resource pool with which the edge gateway is associated
  • Edge Gateway Configuration - the configuration type of the edge gateway
  • Enable High Availability - whether high availability is enabled for this edge gateway
  • Create as Advanced Gateway - whether advanced edge gateway services are enabled
  • Enable Distributed Routing - whether distributed routing is enabled 
  • Default gateway - the default gateway
  • Use default gateway for DNS relay - whether default gateway for DNS relay is used

After you check all parameters, click the Submit button to start the creation process.