L2 redundant VPN

Dan Olson dolson at mcs.anl.gov
Mon Jan 21 22:37:57 UTC 2013

Can you enable aes-ni on your openvpn servers?  Any newer intel xeon 
chipset should support it, but it is usually disabled (bios) by default.

There are more tuning tips at http://community.openvpn.net/openvpn/wiki/Gigabit_Networks_Linux 

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tomas Podermanski" <tpoder at cis.vutbr.cz>
> To: nanog at nanog.org
> Sent: Monday, January 21, 2013 3:37:55 PM
> Subject: L2 redundant VPN
> Hi networking guys,
>     I need some help :-). We try to find for our department reliable
> solution for L2 VPN. The task is to connect two remote data centers,
> each of them connected two 1Gbps  lines (with link aggregation). Only
> IP
> connectivity between data centers is available (so there is no
> possibility to create circuit based on MPLS or something like that).
> The
> basic problem is that high reliability is required, so the solution
> have
> to be fully redundant.
> The initial idea was about two OpenVPN servers in each data center +
> two
> switches (HP E5800) joined into one logical switch via VRF. The link
> failure is based on LACP packets between both data centers.  The
> solution works, however performance of OpenVPN is really creepy. The
> maximum we were able to get from this configuration was about
> 100Mbps.
> We expect at least 500Mbps (or more in the future).
> In our thoughts then we were thinking about l2tp on some
> cisco/HP(H3C)
> device, however there is little information about performance of that
> solution and I am not sure how the failure detection would work in
> redundant configuration.
> Have anybody some experience with similar solution or at least any
> idea ?
> Thanks a lot for thoughts
>     Tomas

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