Connect to a VMware Cloud Foundation instance on the IBM Cloud via NSX

I get many questions from our field teams and clients on how to connect to an on-prem environment to a VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) instance deployed in the IBM Cloud. While there are a few hardware options available within the IBM Cloud catalog (e.g., Fortinet and Vyatta), I typically recommend the use of an NSX Edge Services Gateway (ESG) to terminate VPN connections. There are cases where other devices might be more suitable, but I’ll save that discussion for another post. In this post, I will show you how to terminate a IPsec connection to a VCF instance deployed in IBM Cloud using an NSX ESG. I’ll be using the public internet as my connection medium. This is fine for a proof-of-concept, but you’ll want to use IBM’s direct connection options for production.

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