I have 2 DataCentre (one primary and one backup) across 2 states. My VMWare guys wants to do VMotions between the 2 x Data Centres. But I wouldn't be able to bridge 2 x Data Centres with Dark Fibre (too far of a distance).
How does OTV work? Does it encapsulates L2 information within L3 connections?
Would be greatly appreciated if anyone can shed some lights on this.
This can be a loaded question. I'll start by answering your question and we'll take it from there.
In a OTV network, there are three main interfaces.
Internal interface - this is the interface that participates in L2 and extends the network. This interface can be a access or trunk port. It should be mentioned that this interface participates in Layer 2 so normal STP considerations need to be taken.
Join interface - this is the interface where L2 is encapsulated into L3. This interface has an IP address assigned to it and uses IGMP to join the OTV multicast group. OTV adds a 42 byte header to the packet so consideration for that need to be taken as well.
Overlay interface - this is a virtual interface where OTV configuration is applied.
As I said this can be a loaded question and I only touched on the interface. To answer you question:
"Does it encapsulates L2 information within L3 connections?"
OTV is a technology which is used to extent existing L2 infrastruture over L3 netwrok , which is supported by Nexus 7k and ASR router only. You need to have transport service license on NX-OS inorder to deploy OTV