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Overview

 

What is Network Edge?

 

Network Edge (NE) is a platform that allows customers to deploy and run virtual network services and appliances such as routers, load balancers, and firewalls on a generic device instead of additional dedicated hardware, CapEx and colo space.

 

Network Edge offers the following capabilities:

  • Edge device lifecycle management - High availability (HA) and non-HA device management for routers, firewall, SD-WAN and many more.
  • Cloud to cloud routing - Connectivity to multiple cloud service providers.
  • SSH user management for virtual devices
  • BGP peering - A single stop for A-side and Z-side peering.
  • VPN configuration

 

Network Edge is offered to customers through Network Edge portal and REST APIs.

 

 

What are Network Edge APIs?

 

Network Edge APIs are REST APIs that allow you to interact with Equinix programmatically to create virtual devices and add connections and other services, including BGP Peering. (Refer API reference section for more details.)

 

How do the Network Edge APIs work?

 

Background

 

When a client is on-boarded, they are provided user credentials. 

 

 

The client must use these credentials to connect to the Equinix Developer Portal to generate a Consumer key and Consumer secret. 

 

 

The Consumer key and Consumer secret are essential for obtaining access and refresh tokens to authenticate API calls as described in the subsequent section.

 

Refer to Generating a Client ID and Client Secret key under the Getting Started section for instructions on how to generate Consumer key and Consumer secret.

 

Network Edge Workflow

 

 

Step 1  - Obtain a perpetual license from the device manufacturer. Alternatively, you can request a subscription license from Equinix for devices that have a subscription offering, e.g. Cisco1000V, Juniper VSRX, and Palo Alto Firewall.

 

Authorization flow:

 

Step 2  - Request access and refresh token information by calling the Equinix OAuth API (/oauth2/v1/token) with the Consumer key, Consumer secret, and user credentials. 

 

 

Refer to Requesting Access and Refresh tokens under the Getting Started for instructions on how to obtain an Authorization Token.

 

Step 3  - The API gateway makes an OAuth2 call to the identity provider using the submitted credentials.

 

Step 4  - The identity provider returns an OAuth2Access token to the API gateway.

 

Step 5  - The API gateway sends back the authorization token details to the client.

 

API Request flow:

 

Step 6  - The client submits an API request with the obtained authorization token and the respective API request payload to create a virtual device and create a connection to cloud service providers.

 

 

Refer to the How-to Guide section for instructions on how to call Network Edge APIs to create devices, establish connections, set up BGP Peering and VPN.

 

Step 7  - API gateway validates the request and calls the relevant APIs to create devices and cloud connections.

 

Step 8  - The response is received by the API gateway.

 

Step 9  - The response is sent back to the client.