Jul 12

VMware NSX and the Data Center Network Evolution

Watch this short video from Gustavo Santana (author, VCIX-NV, triple-CCIE, and NSX SE Manager for Latin America) to understand how VMware NSX can positively influence on the architecture of physical data center networks. Here are some of the topics addressed by Santana:

* The evolution of data center networks from the 1990s to the 2010s
* Benefits and challenges of each evolution phase (STP-based, Multi-chassis, fabrics)
* An architectural perspective of VMware NSX
* A new proposed architecture for data center networks

The network virtualization revolution continues!

Rating: 5/5

May 16


NSX is referred to as an “overlay” technology but what is actually doing the work on the back end to transfer that data back and forth? VXLAN is the unsung hero protocol moving data in and out of the virtual to the physical side of the house. Join Jimmy Ray Purser as he goes thru the basics of this standards based protocol and what you need to config on your physical network to enable it as well as how it interacts with other network devices.

Rating: 5/5

May 13

Using VLANs to Isolate Traffic

Using VLANs in vSphere helps you adapt the environment to network changes. VLAN modes overcome the limitations of the networking equipment and of host physical connectivity.

Rating: 5/5

Apr 29

VXLAN Virtual Wires, Part Two, Creating Virtual Wires

R&D Manager Sachin Thakkar shows you how to prepare your physical network for VXLAN virtual wires and then takes you through the procedure of creating a VXLAN virtual wire.

Rating: 5/5

Apr 28

VXLAN Virtual Wires, Part one, Overview

Using VLANs in vSphere helps you adapt the environment to network changes. VLAN modes overcome the limitations of the networking equipment and of host physical connectivity.

Rating: 5/5

Mar 13

NSX Firewall Demo

This security demo showcases what can be accomplished with NSX.

Rating: 5/5

Apr 23

NSX-v Operations Guide


This guide shows how to perform day-to-day management of an NSX for vSphere (“NSX-v”) deployment. This information can be used to help plan and carry out operational monitoring and management of your NSX-v implementation.
To monitor physical network operations, administrators have traditionally collected various types of data from the devices that provide network connectivity and services. Broadly the data can be categorized as:

    Statistics and events
    ■ Flow level data
    ■ Packet level data

Monitoring and troubleshooting tools use the above types of data and help administrators manage and operate networks. Collectively, these types of information are referred to as “network and performance monitoring and diagnostics” (NPMD) data. The diagram below summarizes the types of NPMD data and the tools that consume this information.

NPMD data diagram

NPMD data diagram

The tools used for monitoring physical networks can be used to monitor virtual networks as well. Using standard protocols, the NSX platform provides network monitoring data similar to that provided by physical devices, giving administrators a clear view of virtual network conditions.
In this document, we’ll describe how an administrator can monitor and retrieve network statistics, network flow information, packet information, and NSX system events.


This document is intended for those involved in the configuration, maintenance, and administration of VMware NSX-v. The intended audience includes the following business roles:

    – Architects and planners responsible for driving architecture-level decisions.
    – Security decision makers responsible for business continuity planning.
    – Consultants, partners, and IT personnel, who need the knowledge for deploying the solution.

This guide is written with the assumption that an administrator who will use these procedures is familiar with VMware vSphere and NSX-v, and we assume the reader has as strong networking background. For detailed explanations of NSX-v concepts and terminology, please refer to the NSX for vSphere documentation website.


This guide covers NSX-v and its integration with core VMware technologies such as vSphere and Virtual Distributed Switch (vDS). It does not attempt to cover architectural design decisions or installation. Also, while there are third-party integrations and extensive APIs available to programmatically program and manage NSX, this document does not focus on APIs or third-party integration including other VMware products. We do mention specific APIs when they offer a recommended or efficient method for configuring NSX, and when there is no direct UI function available to perform the desired action.


Download out the full NSX-v Operations Guide, rev 1.5

Rating: 5/5

Sep 02

VMware Software-Defined Data Center Bootcamp

In this bootcamp series, VMware Certified Instructor and Senior Technical Trainer Brian Watrous provides an overview of the products and technologies that play a role in the software defined data center, equipping you with the knowledge to take advantage of the tremendous potential of the SDDC. Those video’s introduces the SDDC and the transformational effect it has on your data center, on IT operations, and on business agility.

These bootcamps include:

Introduction To The Software-Defined Data Center
Essentials Of The Software-Defined Data Center
Automating the Software-Defined Data Center
Compute Virtualization
Storage Virtualization
Network and Security Virtualization – part1
Network and Security Virtualization – part2

At the end of this video bootcamp, you will have a good understanding of the VMware Software-Defined Data Center.

Rating: 5/5

May 10

VCloud Network: Add Firewall Rule

Open a VCloud organization network and look around. Add an IP translation and a firewall rule.

Rating: 5/5

May 10

VMware vShield Manager 1.5 to 5.1 Upgrade

This video demonstrates how to upgrade from VMware vShield Manager 5.0 to vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.

Rating: 5/5