I was asked to review a network architecture at work. As I am not very familiar with VLAN utilization with multicast, that is why I am here to request your help.
The old network consists of many servers linked to clients though a switch (can be seen as separated networks).
Each client have very specific needs like a dedicated DHCP configuration, video broadcast through multicast, .... I can't put them on the same network even if I review services configuration for example.
We want to limit the number of server used, and put them in the same room, and later virtualize them.
The use of VLAN seems mandatory, to separate those network, but as most servers use multicast for the video, i don't want to have to broadcast the video stream on each server.
They use a lot of network and CPU ressources, which isn't optimal for the future.
I can't use IGMP on client to retrieve the media stream, and VLAN must be untagged for clients as those both features are not supported.
Clients won't answer to the video stream, they will just receive it, and display it.
My initial idea was to set a separate VLAN on which the video stream will be send, and then put it on the untagged port of the switch linked to the client (with the video stream also untagged).
Is that possible? Add an unidirectional untagged VLAN into another untagged VLAN? Which kind of switch could handle that kind of thing?
I am aware that I could solve this problem using a router, but i can't do it on some clients, as they use very specific kind of traffic (Ethernet broadcast) to work.
Thanks for reading this long post, and sorry for my english, i am not a native speaker.
I hope someone got some ideas or pointer to solve my problem.
Here is a small Scheme :
<server1> <=== VLAN UNTAGGED1 ===> < > <==VLAN UNTAGGED1+3 ==> Client1 <server2> <=== VLAN UNTAGGED2 ===> < switch > <video server> <=== VLAN UNTAGGED3 ===> < > <==VLAN UNTAGGED2+3 ==> Client2