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Calico (Project Calico)

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Calico (Project Calico)



Calico is a Layer 3 (L3) approach to data center networking that integrates seamlessly with cloud orchestration systems, such as OpenStack, to enable secure IP communication between virtual machines, containers or others. Based on the same scalable IP network principles as the Internet, Calico implements a highly efficient vRouter in each compute node that leverages the existing Linux kernel forwarding engine without the need for vSwitches. Each vRouter propagates workload reachability routes to the rest of the data center using a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) either directly in small scale deployments or via BGP route reflectors to reach Internet level scales in large deployments.

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