Insane Mode CloudN Deployment Checklist

When Insane Mode is applied to improve encryption performance between on-prem and cloud, you need to deploy the Aviatrix hardware appliance CloudN. Making this use case work requires edge router configurations. This document lists the checklist you should follow in successfully deploying Insane Mode for hybrid connection.

Step 1. Deployment Architecture

The first step is to understand how routing works in this use case, as demonstrated in the diagram below.


The key ideas for this scenario are:

  • The edge (WAN) router runs a BGP session to VGW (AWS) where the edge router advertises a CloudN WAN subnet network and the VGW advertises the Transit VPC CIDR.
  • CloudN LAN interface runs a BGP session to the edge router where the edge router advertises on-prem network address range to CloudN LAN interface.
  • CloudN WAN interface runs a BGP session to Aviatrix Transit Gateway in the Transit VPC where Aviatrix Transit Gateway advertises all Spoke VPC CIDRs to CloudN and CloudN advertises on-prem network to the Aviatrix Transit Gateway.

Following are a few common deployment architecture.

Single Aviatrix CloudN Appliance


And the sample configuration on an ISR is as follows.


Aviatrix CloudN Appliance with HA


Redundant DX Deployment


Step 2. Pre-deployment Request Form

After you understand the deployment architecture and decide to move forward for this deployment, the next step is to fill out the CloudN Appliance Request Form.

The Aviatrix support team configures a CloudN appliance based on your input in the Request Form, then ships the appliance. Deployment topology for Aviatrix CloudN is as follows:


The key information in the Request Form that you must fill are explained below.

CloudN Interface Private IP Address Subnet Mask Default Gateway MTU Size Primary DNS Server Secondary DNS Server Note
1- WAN         Not Required Not Required WAN port that connects edge router
2- LAN     Not Required   Not Required Not Required LAN port that connects edge router
3- MGMT       Not Required     Management port for CloudN configuration and software upgrade
4- HPE iLO (optional)       Not Required Not Required Not Required HP Integrated Lights-Out

2.1 Internet Access

A CloudN appliance does not require a public IP address, but the management port requires outbound internet access on the management port for software upgrade.

Here is the list of the public IP address that CloudN requires for outbound traffic.

  • ( for CloudN software upgrade.

2.2 BGP Requirement

BGP is required between the LAN port of the appliance and the on-prem router for route propagation.

Step 3. Deployment Checklist

3.1 Before Powering Up CloudN

Before powering up CloudN, make sure

  1. The CloudN WAN cable, LAN cable and Management cable are properly plugged in to ASR and switches.
  2. Check the interface of ASR to CloudN WAN interface, make sure Proxy ARP is enabled (ip proxy-arp).
  3. ASR DX (Direct Connect) interface should only advertise CloudN WAN interface subnet network to VGW
  4. ASR LAN (Datacenter facing) interface does not advertise Transit VPC CIDR to datacenter.
  5. ASR to CloudN LAN interface advertises datacenter networks.
  6. The VGW is attached to the Transit VPC.
  7. AWS Transit VPC Route Propagation is enabled.
  8. If there is an edge firewall in front of the edge router, make sure the firewall opens UDP port 500 and UDP port 4500 for traffic from the CloudN WAN Interface. CloudN builds an IPSEC tunnel between CloudN WAN interface and Aviatrix Transit Gateway. The BGP session between the two interfaces is inside the tunnel.

3.2 Power up CloudN

After you power up CloudN, first test that the CloudN interfaces are alive and connected properly by doing the following tests.

  1. From ASR, ping the CloudN LAN interface, WAN interface and Mgmt interface.
  2. CloudN mgmt interface can ping Internet (From CloudN clish console)

3.3 Upgrade CloudN to the Latest Software

  1. Login to the CloudN console. Open a browser console and type: https://CloudN_Mgmt_IP_Address
  2. Login with username “admin” and password “Aviatrix 123#” (You can change the password later)
  3. Upgrade CloudN to the latest.

3.4 Configure Insane Moode

From the Controller in AWS, configure Transit Setup Step 3 to CloudN, make sure to select all the correct options.

  1. CloudN IP Address is the CloudN WAN IP address
  2. CloudN Neighbor IP Address is the ASR to the CloudN LAN interface IP address
  3. After configuration, download the configure file and import to CloudN.
  4. If there is HA, import to CloudN HA.

3.5 Troubleshooting Tips

  1. Check on CloudN Console. Go to Site2Cloud, make sure the tunnel is up.
  2. Check on CloudN Console, Go to Troubleshoot -> Diagnostics -> BGP, make sure the tunnel is up. Check BGP learned routes.
  3. Check on the Controller. Go to Transit Network -> Advanced Config -> BGP, make sure BGP is learning routes. Also check Diagnostics to execute BGP commands.
  4. Check on the Controller. Go to Controller -> Site2Cloud, site2cloud and BGP status.