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Network Working Group                                         L. Dunbar
Internet Draft                                                Futurewei
Intended status: Informational                               Andy Malis
Expires: March 2020                                         Independent
                                                           C. Jacquenet
                                                                 Orange
                                                                 M. Toy
                                                                Verizon
                                                       November 1, 2019



           Dynamic Networks to Hybrid Cloud DCs Problem Statement
              draft-ietf-rtgwg-net2cloud-problem-statement-05

Abstract

   This document describes the problems that enterprises face today
   when interconnecting their branch offices with dynamic workloads in
   third party data centers (a.k.a. Cloud DCs). There can be many
   problems associated with network connecting to or among Clouds, many
   of which probably are out of the IETF scope. The objective of this
   document is to identify some of the problems that need additional
   work in IETF Routing area. Other problems are out of the scope of
   this document.

   It examines some of the approaches interconnecting cloud DCs with
   enterprises' on-premises DCs & branch offices. This document also
   describes some of the network problems that many enterprises face
   when they have workloads & applications & data split among different
   data centers, especially for those enterprises with multiple sites
   that are already interconnected by VPNs (e.g., MPLS L2VPN/L3VPN).

   Current operational problems are examined to determine whether there
   is a need to improve existing protocols or whether a new protocol is
   necessary to solve them.

Status of this Memo

   This Internet-Draft is submitted in full conformance with the
   provisions of BCP 78 and BCP 79.






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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction...................................................3
      1.1. On the evolution of Cloud DC connectivity.................3
      1.2. The role of SD-WAN techniques in Cloud DC connectivity....4
   2. Definition of terms............................................4
   3. Interconnecting Enterprise Sites with Cloud DCs................5
      3.1. Multiple connections to workloads in a Cloud DC...........6
      3.2. Interconnect Private and Public Cloud DCs.................7


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      3.3. Desired Properties for Networks that interconnect Hybrid
      Clouds.........................................................8
   4. Multiple Clouds Interconnection................................9
      4.1. Multi-Cloud Interconnection...............................9
      4.2. Desired Properties for Multi-Cloud Interconnection.......11
   5. Problems with MPLS-based VPNs extending to Hybrid Cloud DCs...11
   6. Problem with using IPsec tunnels to Cloud DCs.................13
      6.1. Complexity of multi-point any-to-any interconnection.....13
      6.2. Poor performance over long distance......................14
      6.3. Scaling Issues with IPsec Tunnels........................14
   7. Problems of Using SD-WAN to connect to Cloud DCs..............15
      7.1. SD-WAN among branch offices vs. interconnect to Cloud DCs15
   8. End-to-End Security Concerns for Data Flows...................18
   9. Requirements for Dynamic Cloud Data Center VPNs...............18
   10. Security Considerations......................................19
   11. IANA Considerations..........................................19
   12. References...................................................19
      12.1. Normative References....................................19
      12.2. Informative References..................................19
   13. Acknowledgments..............................................20

1. Introduction

1.1. On the evolution of Cloud DC connectivity

   The ever-increasing use of cloud applications for communication
   services change the way corporate business works and shares
   information. Such cloud applications use resources hosted in third
   party DCs that also host services for other customers.

   With the advent of widely available third-party cloud DCs in diverse
   geographic locations and the advancement of tools for monitoring and
   predicting application behaviors, it is technically feasible for
   enterprises to instantiate applications and workloads in locations
   that are geographically closest to their end-users. Such proximity
   improves end-to-end latency and overall user experience. Conversely,
   an enterprise can easily shutdown applications and workloads
   whenever end-users are in motion (thereby modifying the networking
   connection of subsequently relocated applications and workloads). In
   addition, an enterprise may wish to take advantage of more and more
   business applications offered by third party private cloud DCs.





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   Most of those enterprise branch offices & on-premises data centers
   are already connected via VPNs, such as MPLS-based L2VPNs and
   L3VPNs. Then connecting to the cloud-hosted resources may not be
   straightforward if the provider of the VPN service does not have
   direct connections to the corresponding cloud DCs. Under those
   circumstances, the enterprise can upgrade the CPEs deployed in its
   various premises to utilize SD-WAN techniques to reach cloud
   resources (without any assistance from the VPN service provider), or
   wait for their VPN service provider to make new agreements with data
   center providers to connect to the cloud resources. Either way has
   additional infrastructure and operational costs.

   In addition, more enterprises are moving towards hybrid cloud DCs,
   i.e. owned or operated by different Cloud operators, to maximize the
   benefits of geographical proximity, elasticity and special features
   offered by different cloud DCs.

1.2. The role of SD-WAN techniques in Cloud DC connectivity

   This document discusses the issues associated with connecting
   enterprise's workloads/applications instantiated in multiple third-
   party data centers (a.k.a. Cloud DCs) and its on-prem data centers.
   Very often, the actual Cloud DCs that host the
   workloads/applications can be transient.

   SD-WAN, initially launched to maximize bandwidths between locations
   by aggregating multiple paths managed by different service
   providers, has expanded to include flexible, on-demand, application-
   based connections established over any networks to access dynamic
   workloads in Cloud DCs.

   Therefore, this document discusses the use of SD-WAN techniques to
   improve enterprise-to-cloud DC and cloud DC-to-cloud DC
   connectivity.

2. Definition of terms

   Cloud DC:   Third party Data Centers that usually host applications
               and workload owned by different organizations or
               tenants.




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   Controller: Used interchangeably with SD-WAN controller to manage
               SD-WAN overlay path creation/deletion and monitoring the
               path conditions between two or more sites.

   DSVPN:      Dynamic Smart Virtual Private Network. DSVPN is a secure
               network that exchanges data between sites without
               needing to pass traffic through an organization's
               headquarter virtual private network (VPN) server or
               router.

   Heterogeneous Cloud: applications and workloads split among Cloud
               DCs owned or managed by different operators.

   Hybrid Clouds: Hybrid Clouds refers to an enterprise using its own
               on-premises DCs in addition to Cloud services provided
               by one or more cloud operators. (e.g. AWS, Azure,
               Google, Salesforces, SAP, etc).

   SD-WAN:     Software Defined Wide Area Network. In this document,
               "SD-WAN" refers to the solutions of pooling WAN
               bandwidth from multiple underlay networks to get better
               WAN bandwidth management, visibility & control. When the
               underlay networks are private networks, traffic can
               traverse without additional encryption; when the
               underlay networks are public, such as Internet, some
               traffic needs to be encrypted when traversing through
               (depending on user provided policies).

   VPC:        Virtual Private Cloud is a virtual network dedicated to
               one client account. It is logically isolated from other
               virtual networks in a Cloud DC. Each client can launch
               his/her desired resources, such as compute, storage, or
               network functions into his/her VPC. Most Cloud
               operators' VPCs only support private addresses, some
               support IPv4 only, others support IPv4/IPv6 dual stack.

3. Interconnecting Enterprise Sites with Cloud DCs







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3.1. Multiple connections to workloads in a Cloud DC

   Most Cloud operators offer some type of network gateway through
   which an enterprise can reach their workloads hosted in the Cloud
   DCs. For example, AWS (Amazon Web Services) offers the following
   options to reach workloads in AWS Cloud DCs:

     - AWS Internet gateway allows communication between instances in
        AWS VPC and the internet.
     - AWS Virtual gateway (vGW) where IPsec tunnels [RFC6071] are
        established between an enterprise's own gateway and AWS vGW, so
        that the communications between those gateways can be secured
        from the underlay (which might be the public Internet).
     - AWS Direct Connect, which allows enterprises to purchase direct
        connect from network service providers to get a private leased
        line interconnecting the enterprises gateway(s) and the AWS
        Direct Connect routers. In addition, an AWS Transit Gateway can
        be used to interconnect multiple VPCs in different Availability
        Zones. AWS Transit Gateway acts as a hub that controls how
        traffic is forwarded among all the connected networks which act
        like spokes.

   As an example, some branch offices of an enterprise can connect to
   over the Internet to reach AWS's vGW via IPsec tunnels. Other branch
   offices of the same enterprise can connect to AWS DirectConnect via
   a private network (without any encryption). ). It is important for
   enterprises to be able to observe the specific behaviors when
   connected by different connections.

   Figure below shows an example of some tenants' workloads are
   accessible via a virtual router connected by AWS Internet Gateway;
   some are accessible via AWS vGW, and others are accessible via AWS
   Direct Connect. vR1 uses IPsec to establish secure tunnels over the
   Internet to avoid paying extra fees for the IPsec features provided
   by AWS vGW. Some tenants can deploy separate virtual routers to
   connect to internet traffic and to traffic from the secure channels
   from vGW and DirectConnect, e.g. vR1 & vR2. Others may have one
   virtual router connecting to both types of traffic. Customer Gateway
   can be customer owned router or ports physically connected to AWS
   Direct Connect GW.





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     +------------------------+
     |    ,---.         ,---. |
     |   (TN-1 )       ( TN-2)|
     |    `-+-'  +---+  `-+-' |
     |      +----|vR1|----+   |
     |           ++--+        |
     |            |         +-+----+
     |            |        /Internet\ For External
     |            +-------+ Gateway  +----------------------
     |                     \        / to reach via Internet
     |                      +-+----+
     |                        |
     |    ,---.         ,---. |
     |   (TN-1 )       ( TN-2)|
     |    `-+-'  +---+  `-+-' |
     |      +----|vR2|----+   |
     |           ++--+        |
     |            |         +-+----+
     |            |        / virtual\ For IPsec Tunnel
     |            +-------+ Gateway  +----------------------
     |            |        \        /  termination
     |            |         +-+----+
     |            |           |
     |            |         +-+----+              +------+
     |            |        /        \ For Direct /customer\
     |            +-------+ Gateway  +----------+ gateway  |
     |                     \        /  Connect   \        /
     |                      +-+----+              +------+
     |                        |
     +------------------------+

     Figure 1: Examples of Multiple Cloud DC connections.


3.2. Interconnect Private and Public Cloud DCs

   It is likely that hybrid designs will become the rule for cloud
   services, as more enterprises see the benefits of integrating public
   and private cloud infrastructures. However, enabling the growth of
   hybrid cloud deployments in the enterprise requires fast and safe
   interconnection between public and private cloud services.
   For an enterprise to connect to applications & workloads hosted in
   multiple Cloud DCs, the enterprise can use IPsec tunnels established
   over the Internet or a (virtualized) leased line service to connect
   its on-premises gateways to each of the Cloud DC's gateways, virtual




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   routers instantiated in the Cloud DCs, or any other suitable design
   (including a combination thereof).

   Some enterprises prefer to instantiate their own virtual
   CPEs/routers inside the Cloud DC to connect the workloads within the
   Cloud DC. Then an overlay path is established between customer
   gateways to the virtual CPEs/routers for reaching the workloads
   inside the cloud DC.

3.3. Desired Properties for Networks that interconnect Hybrid Clouds

   The networks that interconnect hybrid cloud DCs must address the
   following requirements:
     - High availability to access all workloads in the desired cloud
        DCs.
        Many enterprises include cloud infrastructures in their
        disaster recovery strategy, e.g., by enforcing periodic backup
        policies within the cloud, or by running backup applications in
        the Cloud, etc. Therefore, the connection to the cloud DCs may
        not be permanent, but rather needs to be on-demand.

     - Global reachability from different geographical zones, thereby
        facilitating the proximity of applications as a function of the
        end users' location, to improve latency.
     - Elasticity: prompt connection to newly instantiated
        applications at Cloud DCs when usages increase and prompt
        release of connection after applications at locations being
        removed when demands change.
        Some enterprises have front-end web portals running in cloud
        DCs and database servers in their on-premises DCs. Those Front-
        end web portals need to be reachable from the public Internet.
        The backend connection to the sensitive data in database
        servers hosted in the on-premises DCs might need secure
        connections.

     - Scalable security management. IPsec is commonly used to
        interconnect cloud gateways with CPEs deployed in the
        enterprise premises. For enterprises with a large number or
        branch offices, managing the IPsec's Security Associations
        among many nodes can be very difficult.




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4. Multiple Clouds Interconnection

4.1. Multi-Cloud Interconnection

   Enterprises today can instantiate their workloads or applications in
   Cloud DCs owned by different Cloud providers, e.g. AWS, Azure,
   GoogleCloud, Oracle, etc. Interconnecting those workloads involves
   three parties: The Enterprise, its network service providers, and
   the Cloud providers.

   All Cloud Operators offer secure ways to connect enterprises' on-
   prem sites/DCs with their Cloud DCs.

   Some Cloud Operators allow enterprises to connect via private
   networks. For example, AWS's DirectConnect allows enterprises to use          rd        3  party provided private Layer 2 path from enterprises' GW to AWS
   DirectConnect GW. Microsoft's ExpressRoute allows extension of a
   private network to any of the Microsoft cloud services, including
   Azure and Office365. ExpressRoute is configured using Layer 3
   routing. Customers can opt for redundancy by provisioning dual links
   from their location to two Microsoft Enterprise edge routers (MSEEs)
   located within a third-party ExpressRoute peering location. The BGP
   routing protocol is then setup over WAN links to provide redundancy
   to the cloud. This redundancy is maintained from the peering data
   center into Microsoft's cloud network.

   Google's Cloud Dedicated Interconnect offers similar network
   connectivity options as AWS and Microsoft. One distinct difference,
   however, is that Google's service allows customers access to the
   entire global cloud network by default. It does this by connecting
   your on-premises network with the Google Cloud using BGP and Google
   Cloud Routers to provide optimal paths to the different regions of
   the global cloud infrastructure.

   All those connectivity options are between Cloud providers' DCs and
   the Enterprises, but not between cloud DCs.  For example, to connect
   applications in AWS Cloud to applications in Azure Cloud, there must
   be a third-party gateway (physical or virtual) to interconnect the
   AWS's Layer 2 DirectConnect path with Azure's Layer 3 ExpressRoute.

   Enterprises can also instantiate their own virtual routers in
   different Cloud DCs and administer IPsec tunnels among them, which
   by itself is not a trivial task. Or by leveraging open source VPN
   software such as strongSwan, you create an IPSec connection to the
   Azure gateway using a shared key. The strong swan instance within
   AWS not only can connect to Azure but can also be used to facilitate
   traffic to other nodes within the AWS VPC by configuring forwarding


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   and using appropriate routing rules for the VPC. Most Cloud
   operators, such as AWS VPC or Azure VNET, use non-globally routable
   CIDR from private IPv4 address ranges as specified by RFC1918. To
   establish IPsec tunnel between two Cloud DCs, it is necessary to
   exchange Public routable addresses for applications in different
   Cloud DCs. [BGP-SDWAN] describes one method. Other methods are worth
   exploring.

   In summary, here are some approaches, available now (which might
   change in the future), to interconnect workloads among different
   Cloud DCs:

     a)            Utilize Cloud DC provided inter/intra-cloud connectivity
        services (e.g., AWS Transit Gateway) to connect workloads
        instantiated in multiple VPCs. Such services are provided with
        the cloud gateway to connect to external networks (e.g., AWS
        DirectConnect Gateway).
     b)            Hairpin all traffic through the customer gateway, meaning all
        workloads are directly connected to the customer gateway, so
        that communications among workloads within one Cloud DC must
        traverse through the customer gateway.
     c)            Establish direct tunnels among different VPCs (AWS' Virtual
        Private Clouds) and VNET (Azure's Virtual Networks) via
        client's own virtual routers instantiated within Cloud DCs.
        DMVPN (Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Network) or DSVPN
        (Dynamic Smart VPN) techniques can be used to establish direct
        Multi-point-to-Point or multi-point-to multi-point tunnels
        among those client's own virtual routers.

   Approach a) usually does not work if Cloud DCs are owned and managed
   by different Cloud providers.

   Approach b) creates additional transmission delay plus incurring
   cost when exiting Cloud DCs.

   For the Approach c), DMVPN or DSVPN use NHRP (Next Hop Resolution
   Protocol) [RFC2735] so that spoke nodes can register their IP
   addresses & WAN ports with the hub node. The IETF ION
   (Internetworking over NBMA (non-broadcast multiple access) WG
   standardized NHRP for connection-oriented NBMA network (such as ATM)
   network address resolution more than two decades ago.

   There are many differences between virtual routers in Public Cloud
   DCs and the nodes in an NBMA network. NHRP cannot be used for


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   registering virtual routers in Cloud DCs unless an extension of such
   protocols is developed for that purpose, e.g. taking NAT or dynamic
   addresses into consideration. Therefore, DMVPN and/or DSVPN cannot
   be used directly for connecting workloads in hybrid Cloud DCs.

   Other protocols such as BGP can be used, as described in [BGP-
   SDWAN].

4.2. Desired Properties for Multi-Cloud Interconnection

   Different Cloud Operators have different APIs to access their Cloud
   resources. It is difficult to move applications built by one Cloud
   operator's APIs to another. However, it is highly desirable to have
   a single and consistent way to manage the networks and respective
   security policies for interconnecting applications hosted in
   different Cloud DCs.

   The desired property would be having a single network fabric to
   which different Cloud DCs and enterprise's multiple sites can be
   attached or detached, with a common interface for setting desired
   policies. SDWAN is positioned to become that network fabric enabling
   Cloud DCs to be dynamically attached or detached. But the reality is
   that different Cloud Operators have different access methods, and
   Cloud DCs might be geographically far apart. More Cloud connectivity
   problems are described in the subsequent sections.

   The difficulty of connecting applications in different Clouds might
   be stemmed from the fact that they are direct competitors. Usually
   traffic flow out of Cloud DCs incur charges. Therefore, direct
   communications between applications in different Cloud DCs can be
   more expensive than intra Cloud communications.



5. Problems with MPLS-based VPNs extending to Hybrid Cloud DCs

   Traditional MPLS-based VPNs have been widely deployed as an
   effective way to support businesses and organizations that require
   network performance and reliability. MPLS shifted the burden of
   managing a VPN service from enterprises to service providers. The
   CPEs attached to MPLS VPNs are also simpler and less expensive,
   since they do not need to manage routes to remote sites; they simply
   pass all outbound traffic to the MPLS VPN PEs to which the CPEs are
   attached (albeit multi-homing scenarios require more processing
   logic on CPEs).  MPLS has addressed the problems of scale,


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   availability, and fast recovery from network faults, and
   incorporated traffic-engineering capabilities.

   However, traditional MPLS-based VPN solutions are sub-optimized for
   connecting end-users to dynamic workloads/applications in cloud DCs
   because:

     - The Provider Edge (PE) nodes of the enterprise's VPNs might not
        have direct connections to third party cloud DCs that are used
        for hosting workloads with the goal of providing an easy access
        to enterprises' end-users.

     - It usually takes some time to deploy provider edge (PE) routers
        at new locations. When enterprise's workloads are changed from
        one cloud DC to another (i.e., removed from one DC and re-
        instantiated to another location when demand changes), the
        enterprise branch offices need to be connected to the new cloud
        DC, but the network service provider might not have PEs located
        at the new location.

        One of the main drivers for moving workloads into the cloud is
        the widely available cloud DCs at geographically diverse
        locations, where apps can be instantiated so that they can be
        as close to their end-users as possible. When the user base
        changes, the applications may be migrated to a new cloud DC
        location closest to the new user base.


     - Most of the cloud DCs do not expose their internal networks. An
        enterprise with a hybrid cloud deployment can use an MPLS-VPN
        to connect to a Cloud provider at multiple locations.  The
        connection locations often correspond to gateways of different
        Cloud DC locations from the Cloud provider.  The different
        Cloud DCs are interconnected by the Cloud provider's own
        internal network.  At each connection location (gateway), the
        Cloud provider uses BGP to advertise all of the prefixes in the
        enterprise's VPC, regardless of which Cloud DC a given prefix
        is actually in. This can result in inefficient routing for the
        end-to-end data path.

     - Extensive usage of Overlay by Cloud DCs:


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        Many cloud DCs use an overlay to connect their gateways to the
        workloads located inside the DC. There is currently no standard
        that specifies the interworking between the Cloud Overlay and
        the enterprise' existing underlay networks. One of the
        characteristics of overlay networks is that some of the WAN
        ports of the edge nodes connect to third party networks. There
        is therefore a need to propagate WAN port information to remote
        authorized peers in third party network domains in addition to
        route propagation. Such an exchange cannot happen before
        communication between peers is properly secured.

   Another roadblock is the lack of a standard way to express and
   enforce consistent security policies for workloads that not only use
   virtual addresses, but in which are also very likely hosted in
   different locations within the Cloud DC [RFC8192]. The current VPN
   path computation and bandwidth allocation schemes may not be
   flexible enough to address the need for enterprises to rapidly
   connect to dynamically instantiated (or removed) workloads and
   applications regardless of their location/nature (i.e., third party
   cloud DCs).

6. Problem with using IPsec tunnels to Cloud DCs
   As described in the previous section, many Cloud operators expose
   their gateways for external entities (which can be enterprises
   themselves) to directly establish IPsec tunnels. Enterprises can
   also instantiate virtual routers within Cloud DCs to connect to
   their on-premises devices via IPsec tunnels. If there is only one
   enterprise location that needs to reach the Cloud DC, an IPsec
   tunnel is a very convenient solution.

   However, many medium-to-large enterprises usually have multiple
   sites and multiple data centers. For workloads and apps hosted in
   cloud DCs, multiple sites need to communicate securely with those
   cloud workloads and apps. This section documents some of the issues
   associated with using IPsec tunnels to connect enterprise premises
   with cloud gateways.

6.1. Complexity of multi-point any-to-any interconnection

   The dynamic workload instantiated in cloud DC needs to communicate
   with multiple branch offices and on-premises data centers. Most




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   enterprises need multi-point interconnection among multiple
   locations, which can be provided by means of MPLS L2/L3 VPNs.

   Using IPsec overlay paths to connect all branches & on-premises data
   centers to cloud DCs requires CPEs to manage routing among Cloud DCs
   gateways and the CPEs located at other branch locations, which can
   dramatically increase the complexity of the design, possibly at the
   cost of jeopardizing the CPE performance.

   The complexity of requiring CPEs to maintain routing among other
   CPEs is one of the reasons why enterprises migrated from Frame Relay
   based services to MPLS-based VPN services.

   MPLS-based VPNs have their PEs directly connected to the CPEs.
   Therefore, CPEs only need to forward all traffic to the directly
   attached PEs, which are therefore responsible for enforcing the
   routing policy within the corresponding VPNs. Even for multi-homed
   CPEs, the CPEs only need to forward traffic among the directly
   connected PEs. However, when using IPsec tunnels between CPEs and
   Cloud DCs, the CPEs need to compute, select, establish and maintain
   routes for traffic to be forwarded to Cloud DCs, to remote CPEs via
   VPN, or directly.

6.2. Poor performance over long distance

   When enterprise CPEs or gateways are far away from cloud DC gateways
   or across country/continent boundaries, performance of IPsec tunnels
   over the public Internet can be problematic and unpredictable. Even
   though there are many monitoring tools available to measure delay
   and various performance characteristics of the network, the
   measurement for paths over the Internet is passive and past
   measurements may not represent future performance.

   Many cloud providers can replicate workloads in different available
   zones. An App instantiated in a cloud DC closest to clients may have
   to cooperate with another App (or its mirror image) in another
   region or database server(s) in the on-premises DC. This kind of
   coordination requires predicable networking behavior/performance
   among those locations.

6.3. Scaling Issues with IPsec Tunnels

   IPsec can achieve secure overlay connections between two locations
   over any underlay network, e.g., between CPEs and Cloud DC Gateways.




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   If there is only one enterprise location connected to the cloud
   gateway, a small number of IPsec tunnels can be configured on-demand
   between the on-premises DC and the Cloud DC, which is an easy and
   flexible solution.

   However, for multiple enterprise locations to reach workloads hosted
   in cloud DCs, the cloud DC gateway needs to maintain multiple IPsec
   tunnels to all those locations (e.g., as a hub & spoke topology).
   For a company with hundreds or thousands of locations, there could
   be hundreds (or even thousands) of IPsec tunnels terminating at the
   cloud DC gateway, which is not only very expensive (because Cloud
   Operators usually charge their customers based on connections), but
   can be very processing intensive for the gateway. Many cloud
   operators only allow a limited number of (IPsec) tunnels & bandwidth
   to each customer.  Alternatively, you could use a solution like
   group encryption where a single IPsec SA is necessary at the GW but
   the drawback here is key distribution and maintenance of a key
   server, etc.

7. Problems of Using SD-WAN to connect to Cloud DCs
   SD-WAN can establish parallel paths over multiple underlay networks
   between two locations on-demand, for example, to support the
   connections established between two CPEs interconnected by a
   traditional MPLS VPN ([RFC4364] or [RFC4664]) or by IPsec [RFC6071]
   tunnels.

   SD-WAN lets enterprises augment their current VPN network with cost-
   effective, readily available Broadband Internet connectivity,
   enabling some traffic offloading to paths over the Internet
   according to differentiated, possibly application-based traffic
   forwarding policies, or when the MPLS VPN connection between the two
   locations is congested, or otherwise undesirable or unavailable.

7.1. SD-WAN among branch offices vs. interconnect to Cloud DCs

   SD-WAN interconnection of branch offices is not as simple as it
   appears. For an enterprise with multiple sites, using SD-WAN overlay
   paths among sites requires each CPE to manage all the addresses that
   local hosts have the potential to reach, i.e., map internal VPN
   addresses to appropriate SD-WAN paths. This is similar to the
   complexity of Frame Relay based VPNs, where each CPE needed to
   maintain mesh routing for all destinations if they were to avoid an
   extra hop through a hub router. Even though SD-WAN CPEs can get
   assistance from a central controller (instead of running a routing


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   protocol) to resolve the mapping between destinations and SD-WAN
   paths, SD-WAN CPEs are still responsible for routing table
   maintenance as remote destinations change their attachments, e.g.,
   the dynamic workload in other DCs are de-commissioned or added.

   Even though originally envisioned for interconnecting branch
   offices, SD-WAN offers a very attractive way for enterprises to
   connect to Cloud DCs.

   The SD-WAN for interconnecting branch offices and the SD-WAN for
   interconnecting to Cloud DCs have some differences:

     - SD-WAN for interconnecting branch offices usually have two end-
        points (e.g., CPEs) controlled by one entity (e.g., a
        controller or management system operated by the enterprise).
     - SD-WAN for Cloud DC interconnects may consider CPEs owned or
        managed by the enterprise, while remote end-points are being
        managed or controlled by Cloud DCs (For the ease of
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     - Cloud DCs may have different entry points (or devices) with one
        entry point that terminates a private direct connection (based
        upon a leased line for example) and other entry points being
        devices terminating the IPsec tunnels, as shown in Figure 2.

     Therefore, the SD-WAN design becomes asymmetric.
     +------------------------+
     |    ,---.         ,---. |
     |   (TN-1 )       ( TN-2)|      TN: Tenant applications/workloads
     |    `-+-'  +---+  `-+-' |
     |      +----|vR1|----+   |
     |           ++--+        |
     |            |         +-+----+
     |            |        /Internet\ One path via
     |            +-------+ Gateway  +---------------------+
     |                     \        /   Internet            \
     |                      +-+----+                         \
     +------------------------+                               \
                                                               \
     +------------------------+                 native traffic  \
     |    ,---.         ,---. |                without encryption|
     |   (TN-3 )       ( TN-4)|                                  |
     |    `-+-'  +--+   `-+-' |                                  |    +------+
     |      +----|vR|-----+   |                                  +----+ CPE  |
     |           ++-+         |                                  |    +------+
     |            |         +-+----+                             |
     |            |        / virtual\ One path via IPsec Tunnel  |
     |            +-------+ Gateway  +-------------------------- +
     |                     \        /      Encrypted traffic over|
     |                      +-+----+          public network     |
     +------------------------+                                  |
                                                                 |
     +------------------------+                                  |
     |    ,---.         ,---. |                   Native traffic |
     |   (TN-5 )       ( TN-6)|               without encryption |
     |    `-+-'  +--+   `-+-' |               over secure network|
     |      +----|vR|-----+   |                                  |
     |           ++-+         |                                  |
     |            |         +-+----+              +------+       |
     |            |        /        \ Via Direct /customer\      |
     |            +-------+ Gateway  +----------+ gateway  |-----+
     |                     \        /  Connect   \        /
     |                      +-+----+              +------+
     +------------------------+Customer GW has physical connection to AWS GW

     Figure 2: Different Underlays to Reach Cloud DC




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8. End-to-End Security Concerns for Data Flows

     When IPsec tunnels established from enterprise on-premises CPEs
     are terminated at the Cloud DC gateway where the workloads or
     applications are hosted, some enterprises have concerns regarding
     traffic to/from their workload being exposed to others behind the
     data center gateway (e.g., exposed to other organizations that
     have workloads in the same data center).
     To ensure that traffic to/from workloads is not exposed to
     unwanted entities, IPsec tunnels may go all the way to the
     workload (servers, or VMs) within the DC.


9. Requirements for Dynamic Cloud Data Center VPNs

   In order to address the aforementioned issues, any solution for
   enterprise VPNs that includes connectivity to dynamic workloads or
   applications in cloud data centers should satisfy a set of
   requirements:

     - The solution should allow enterprises to take advantage of the
        current state-of-the-art in VPN technology, in both traditional
        MPLS-based VPNs and IPsec-based VPNs (or any combination
        thereof) that run over the public Internet.
     - The solution should not require an enterprise to upgrade all
        their existing CPEs.
     - The solution should support scalable IPsec key management among
        all nodes involved in DC interconnect schemes.
     - The solution needs to support easy and fast, on-the-fly, VPN
        connections to dynamic workloads and applications in third
        party data centers, and easily allow these workloads to migrate
        both within a data center and between data centers.
     - Allow VPNs to provide bandwidth and other performance
        guarantees.
     - Be a cost-effective solution for enterprises to incorporate
        dynamic cloud-based applications and workloads into their
        existing VPN environment.




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10. Security Considerations

   The draft discusses security requirements as a part of the problem
   space, particularly in sections 4, 5, and 8.

   Solution drafts resulting from this work will address security
   concerns inherent to the solution(s), including both protocol
   aspects and the importance (for example) of securing workloads in
   cloud DCs and the use of secure interconnection mechanisms.

11. IANA Considerations

   This document requires no IANA actions. RFC Editor: Please remove
   this section before publication.

12. References


12.1. Normative References


12.2. Informative References

   [RFC2735]   B. Fox, et al "NHRP Support for Virtual Private
   networks". Dec. 1999.

   [RFC8192] S. Hares, et al "Interface to Network Security Functions
             (I2NSF) Problem Statement and Use Cases", July 2017

    [ITU-T-X1036] ITU-T Recommendation X.1036, "Framework for creation,
             storage, distribution and enforcement of policies for
             network security", Nov 2007.

    [RFC6071] S. Frankel and S. Krishnan, "IP Security (IPsec) and
             Internet Key Exchange (IKE) Document Roadmap", Feb 2011.

   [RFC4364] E. Rosen and Y. Rekhter, "BGP/MPLS IP Virtual Private
             Networks (VPNs)", Feb 2006



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   [RFC4664] L. Andersson and E. Rosen, "Framework for Layer 2 Virtual
             Private Networks (L2VPNs)", Sept 2006.

   [BGP-SDWAN] L. Dunbar, et al. "BGP Extension for SDWAN Overlay
             Networks", draft-dunbar-idr-bgp-sdwan-overlay-ext-03,
             work-in-progress, Nov 2018.

13. Acknowledgments

   Many thanks to Alia Atlas, Chris Bowers, Ignas Bagdonas, Michael
   Huang, Liu Yuan Jiao, Katherine Zhao, and Jim Guichard for the
   discussion and contributions.



































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Authors' Addresses


   Linda Dunbar
   Futurewei
   Email: Linda.Dunbar@futurewei.com

   Andrew G. Malis
   Independent
   Email: agmalis@gmail.com

   Christian Jacquenet
   Orange
   Rennes, 35000
   France
   Email: Christian.jacquenet@orange.com

   Mehmet Toy
   Verizon
   One Verizon Way
   Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
   Email: mehmet.toy@verizon.com























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