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Everything Your Network Needs, Nothing It Doesn't

flexiWAN provides unique networking technology

Network Connectivity, Security and Applications for Smart Edge Open using flexiWAN, The World’s First Open-Source SD-WAN & SASE

Overview of flexiWAN

flexiWAN provides unique networking technology and open architecture for SD-WAN & SASE.

flexiWAN disrupts and democratizes the SD-WAN and SASE market with its 3 world First SD-WAN & SASE Open Source, First application store for SD-WAN & SASE, and First SaaS business model for SD-WAN & SASE

In addition to being a complete solution, flexiWAN removes vendor lock-in and breaks networking monopolies by slicing SD-WAN horizontally allowing for dynamic 3rd party applications (Smartphone concept) to be loaded and run in the data flow of the router or in the cloud management system.

Application Description

As cloud native platforms become the next generation evolution for Edge and Networking, Intel’s CNCF certified Smart Edge Open platform integration with flexiWAN makes it easy for Service Providers, ISVs, and SIs to onboard their workloads and offer services based on it.

Our flexiEdge on Intel’s SASE Experience Kit helps create and scale networking Edge instances for secure connectivity supporting scenarios such as branch-to branch, branch-to-PoP, or remote user to branch offices or PoP.

The application is centrally managed from the cloud using flexiManage. It enhances the traffic availability, quality and security over the network.

Smart Edge Open Building Blocks

The flexiEdge solution is installed on SASE Experience Kit as a kubevirt vm pod and utilizes the container network interfaces provided by Intel’s Smart Edge Open platform. flexiEdge provides secure connectivity over the WAN and to internal services, as well as SD-WAN and Security functionality on top of the Smart Edge Open platform.

Prerequisites

In order to successfully deploy flexiWAN, please follow the next steps:

Intel® Smart Edge Open Secure Access Service Edge Experience Kit 22.05 or higher is installed

Open an account with flexiWAN as described here.

Usage

Repository

flexiWAN Helm Charts are available in https://artifacthub.io/packages/helm/flexiwan/flexiedge.

To obtain it, clone the repo

$ helm repo add flexiwan https://helm.flexiwan.com/main .
$ helm repo update

Install the Chart

Once flexiWAN repository is added, run the following command

$ helm install my-flexiedge flexiwan/flexiedge

It is also possible to install a specific version of flexiEdge as follow:

$ helm install my-flexiedge flexiwan/flexiedge --set ImageVersion=5.3.16

Parameters

Image parameters

Name Description Value
ImageVersion flexiEdge Docker Image version latest

flexiEdge parameters

Name Description Value
flexiedge.token flexiWAN organization token for device registration. ""

Kubevirt parameters

Name Description Value
kubevirt.name VirtualMachines Name. flexiedge
kubevirt.running VirtualMachines Run Strategies. Determines whether or not there should be a guest running. ture
kubevirt.memory VirtualMachines Memory allocation (Minimum 4G). 4096M
kubevirt.cpu VirtualMachines VCPU allocation (Minimum 2 cores). 2
kubevirt.mount VirtualMachines Persistent Volume location on the host. /mnt

Network parameters

Name Description Value
ethernets.cni0.enabled Default network interface (mandatory). Can not be disbaled. true
ethernets.cni0.type Interface type. Valid optional: bridge (mandatory) bridge
ethernets.cni0.dhcp Enable or Disable DHCP (mandatory) true
ethernets.cni0.dhcproutes Enable or Disable getting Default Gateway via DHCP (optional) true
ethernets.cni 0.address If DHCP is disable, please provide an IPv4 address (mandatory) ``
ethernets.cni0.gateway if DHCP is disable, please provide an IPv4 gateway (optional) ``
ethernets.cni0.nameservers.search DNS Name Server Search flexiwan.local
ethernets.cni0.nameservers.search.addresses DNS Name Servers [8.8.8.8, 1.1.1.1]
ethernets.cni1.enabled Default network interface (mandatory). true
ethernets.cni1.type Interface type. Valid optional: sriov, bridge (mandatory) sriov
ethernets.cni1.sriov SRIOV Virtual Function alias (mandatory when using type: sriov) smartedge-apps/sriov-vfio-network-c1p1
ethernets.cni1.dhcp Enable or Disable DHCP (mandatory) false
ethernets.cni1.dhcproutes Enable or Disable getting Default Gateway via DHCP (optional) true
ethernets.cni 1.address If DHCP is disable, please provide an IPv4 address (mandatory) 192.168.1.1/24
ethernets.cni1.gateway if DHCP is disable, please provide an IPv4 gateway (optional) ``
ethernets.cni1.nameservers.search DNS Name Server Search flexiwan.local
ethernets.cni1.nameservers.search.addresses DNS Name Servers [8.8.8.8, 1.1.1.1]

Test Output

The following example provide a way to deploy flexiEdge with the following parameters:

Name: flexiwan
Ethernet interface:

ICNI0 as calico interface with no dhcp router in disable mode

CNI1 as SRIOV interface assign to sriov-vfio-network-c1p1 with manual IP configuration (172.16.0.2/29 and Gateway 172.16.0.1)

Token: ************************

<dump - copy from the following link>

See the text and dump here:

https://artifacthub.io/packages/helm/flexiwan/flexiedge#example


helm install flexiwan flexiwan/flexiedge --set ethernets.cni0.dhcproutes=false --set ethernets.cni1.type=sriov \
--set ethernets.cni1.sriov=smartedge-apps/sriov-vfio-network-c1p1 --set ethernets.cni1.dhcp=false \
--set ethernets.cni1.address=172.16.0.2/29 --set ethernets.cni1.gateway=172.16.0.1 \
–flexiwan.token=”*******************************************************”

NAME: flexiedge
LAST DEPLOYED: Sun Aug 28 16:40:24 2022
NAMESPACE: default
STATUS: deployed
REVISION: 1
TEST SUITE: None
NOTES:
==========================================================================
Thank you for using flexiWAN - The World’s First Open Source SD-WAN & SASE ==========================================================================

1. flexiEdge is now running on your Kubernetes cluster

2. NOTE: It may take a few minutes for the VM to be available.
You can watch the status of by running 'kubectl get --namespace flexiedge vmi -w'

3. To uninstall helm chart use the command:
helm delete flexiedge

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Exposing flexiEdge Web Interface

This HelmChart does not expose the flexiEdge Web Interface by default. User port forwarding to expose it:

$ kubectl port-forward $(kubectl get pods --selector "app.kubernetes.io/name=flexiEdge" --output=name) 8080:80

Uninstall Chart

In order to delete flexiWAN simply run the following command:

$ helm delete my-flexiedge

Test Output

$ helm uninstall my-flexiedge
release "my-flexiedge" uninstalled

Troubleshooting

To troubleshoot the Helm Chart installation process:

First make sure the Helm is deployed:

$ helm list
NAME NAMESPACE REVISION UPDATED STATUS CHART APP VERSION
my-flexiedge default 1 2022-08-28 18:27:28 471894243 +0000 UTC deployed flexiedge-0.0.1 latest

Check if the virt-launcher Pod is running

$ get pod -n my-flexiedge
NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE
virt-launcher-flexiedge-kxrft 1/1 Running 0 2m6s

Check if the VMI is running

$ kubectl get vmi -n my-flexiedge
NAME AGE PHASE IP NODENAME READY
flexiedge 2m47s Running 10.245.14.167 ubuntu-4042ff21dd True

Access the VM via the Virtual Console (default user: admin, default password: flexiwan)

$ virtctl console flexiedge -n my-flexiedge
Successfully connected to flexiedge console. The escape sequence is ^]
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS flexiedge ttyS0
flexiedge login:

To troubleshoot flexiWAN issues refer to the troubleshooting guide here

Additional Information

After deploying flexiWAN, follow the documentation steps here to complete the configuration.

Related material

https://flexiwan.com/
https://flexiwan.com/academy/
https://docs.flexiwan.com/

Where to Purchase

To start a free trial and use flexiWAN’s SaaS platform, visit https://flexiwan.com/ and open a free account.

Optimized for Intel® Smart Edge

Install

flexiWAN - flexiEdge

Retrieve Container Images and Helm Charts

Containers: https://hub.docker.com/r/flexiwan/flexiedge

Helm Charts: https://artifacthub.io/packages/helm/flexiwan/flexiedge

Pre-load Docker Images on Nodes

docker pull flexiwan/flexiEdge

Deploy Service

helm repo add flexiwan
https://helm.flexiwan.com/main
helm install my-flexiedge flexiwan/flexiedge

Where to Purchase

To start a free trial and use flexiWAN’s SaaS platform, visit https://flexiwan.com/ and open a free account.

Related material

https://flexiwan.com/

https://flexiwan.com/academy/

https://docs.flexiwan.com/