Hi Trevor,

I was the one who wrote that use case based on discussion that came out of
the question I wrote the list last week about SSL re-encryption:  Someone
had stated that sometimes pool members are local, and sometimes they are
hosts across the internet, accessible either through the usual default
route, or via a VPN tunnel.

The point of this use case is to make the distinction that if we associate
a neutron_subnet with the pool (rather than with the member), then some
members of the pool that don't exist in that neutron_subnet might not be
accessible from that neutron_subnet.  However, if the behavior of the
system is such that attempting to reach a host through the subnet's
"default route" still works (whether that leads to communication over a VPN
or the usual internet routes), then this might not be a problem.

The other option is to associate the neutron_subnet with a pool member. But
in this case there might be problems too. Namely:

   - The device or software that does the load balancing may need to have
   an interface on each of the member subnets, and presumably an IP address
   from which to originate requests.
   - How does one resolve cases where subnets have overlapping IP ranges?

In the end, it may be simpler not to associate neutron_subnet with a pool
at all. Maybe it only makes sense to do this for a VIP, and then the
assumption would be that any member addresses one adds to pools must be
accessible from the VIP subnet.  (Which is easy, if the VIP exists on the
same neutron_subnet. But this might require special routing within Neutron
itself if it doesn't.)

This topology question (ie. what is feasible, what do people actually want
to do, and what is supported by the model) is one of the more difficult
ones to answer, especially given that users of OpenStack that I've come in
contact with barely understand the Neutron networking model, if at all.

In our case, we don't actually have any users in the scenario of having
members spread across different subnets that might not be be routable, so
the use case is somewhat contrived, but I thought it was worth mentioning
based on what people were saying in the SSL re-encryption discussion last
week.


On Thu, May 1, 2014 at 1:52 PM, Trevor Vardeman <
trevor.varde...@rackspace.com> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> After going back through the use-cases to double check some of my
> understanding, I realized I didn't quite understand the ones I had
> already answered.  I'll use a specific use-case as an example of my
> misunderstanding here, and hopefully the clarification can be easily
> adapted to the rest of the use-cases that are similar.
>
> Use Case 13:  A project-user has an HTTPS application in which some of
> the back-end servers serving this application are in the same subnet,
> and others are across the internet, accessible via VPN. He wants this
> HTTPS application to be available to web clients via a single IP
> address.
>
> In this use-case, is the Load Balancer going to act as a node in the
> VPN?  What I mean here, is the Load Balancer supposed to establish a
> connection to this VPN for the client, and simulate itself as a computer
> on the VPN?  If this is not the case, wouldn't the VPN have a subnet ID,
> and simply be added to a pool during its creation?  If the latter is
> accurate, would this not just be a basic HTTPS Load Balancer creation?
> After looking through the VPNaaS API, you would provide a subnet ID to
> the create VPN service request, and it establishes a VPN on said subnet.
> Couldn't this be provided to the Load Balancer pool as its subnet?
>
> Forgive me for requiring so much distinction here, but what may be clear
> to the creator of this use-case, it has left me confused.  This same
> type of clarity would be very helpful across many of the other
> VPN-related use-cases.  Thanks again!
>
> -Trevor
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