Manage Virtual Networks

Virtual networks give you an easy way to connect Exchange Ports, compute node groups, and IP Connect services together. For example, if you wanted to connect three Compute Node Groups to a Digital Exchange Port and IP Connect, a virtual network is the easiest way to achieve that.

You can also create a group of networks, so you can manage them more easily. For example, you could change the configuration of all the networks in the group at the same time, so you don’t have to modify each one separately. You might choose to create network groups that logically align with your environment, for example having a network group for production and another for staging.

Virtual networks can only connect resources within the same Digital Exchange metro and BANBAN - Billing Account Number: A six digit identifier for the billing account with Cyxtera. Every asset and configuration item on your account is associated with a BAN.. In this article, we will show you how to create virtual networks and virtual network groups.

Create a Virtual Network

When you create a virtual network, the entities you connect to it go into a “configuring” state until the network setup has been completed. During that time, those resources cannot be edited.

To create a virtual network, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Cyxtera Portal.
  2. On the navbar on the left, select Digital Exchange.
  3. Choose one of your locations, shown at the top of the screen.
  1. You now see the Digital Exchange services in your chosen location. Scroll to the bottom to the Networks section. Choose Create New Network on the right.
  2. If you want to create a single network, enter its Name and a VLAN number. The VLAN number must be in the range from 1 to 4094 and not already associated with a VLAN in your account.
  1. If you want to create several networks, it’s quicker to create a network range. Choose the Network Range option and enter the start and end VLAN numbers. If you do this, you can’t provide a name for each one. You can edit them later to name them.
  2. Choose the Exchange Ports and Compute Node Groups you want to use with this network. If you bind your new network to a virtual network group, the new network joins that group.
  1. Select Create Network. You’ll see a confirmation that the network is being provisioned.

When it has been provisioned, it will show as “Installed” in Digital Exchange.

Create a virtual network group

The process for creating a virtual network group is similar to the process for creating a virtual network. Follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Cyxtera Portal.
  2. On the navbar on the left, select Digital Exchange.
  3. Choose one of your locations, shown at the top of the screen.
  1. You now see the Digital Exchange services in your chosen location. Scroll to the bottom to the Networks section. Select Create New Network on the right.
  2. Choose "Add Network Group" at the top of the form.
  1. Enter a name for the network.
  1. Use the search box on the right to find virtual networks to bind to this new network group. Select them and choose "Bind VLANs".
  1. Your selected networks are shown in the Associate Networks section. If you add one in error, select it to remove it.
  1. Choose any Exchange Ports, IP Connects, and Compute Node Groups you want to associate with your new network group.
  1. Click Create Network. You’ll see a confirmation that your network is being provisioned.
  1. When your new network group has been provisioned, you can see it in Digital Exchange.