Sep 03

NSX Series 04 – VMware NSX and automation

This is the fourth of a series of 5 demos that show how the NSX Security Model works through several use cases. Don’t just believe what you see, try it yourself for free with VMware Hands-On-Labs (see below):

Rating: 5/5

Aug 30

VMware Validated Design for SDDC – Software-Defined Networking Demo

The VMware Validated Design for SDDC is a blueprint for the private cloud that results in an SDDC that is consistent, thoroughly documented, extensively tested from end-to-end, and continuously validated to incorporate new releases of software components. VMware NSX reproduces the complete set of Layer 2 through 7 networking services in software. This includes: switching, routing, access control, firewalling and load balancing. In this video, we will demonstrate the configuration of VMware NSX for use in this design. This demo focuses primarily on the configuration in management stack. Learn more about VMware Validated Designs at or follow updates on Twitter @VMwareSDDC

Rating: 5/5

Aug 24

VMware NSX Is Becoming Critical to Multi-Cloud Strategies

In this second of a three-part video series, VMware’s general manager and executive vice president for the networking and security business unit, Rajiv Ramaswami, discusses VMwareⓇ NSX™ customer adoptions and how NSX can help businesses build out their clouds. View the first video on NSX use cases here.

Global enterprises are adopting VMware NSX at an impressive rate. In the past quarter alone, VMware added more than 200 new customers. Essential to this momentum is the growing realization that NSX provides a key foundation for businesses looking to extend their operations to the cloud. “One of the largest banks in the world is using NSX to build out very large private clouds, and they’re with us on a journey to extend NSX into the public cloud,” says Rajiv Ramaswami, VMware’s general manager and executive vice president for networking and security.

Customers Paving the Way With NSX

Companies of every size and every vertical are committing to making NSX a foundational part of their IT futures. Examples of the sheer range of NSX customers include Armor, Fulton County School District, Heartland Payment Systems, IBM Global Technology Services, Novamedia, SugarCreek, and the University of New Mexico.

Ramaswami highlights a media company that came to VMware for help with building out its private cloud, consolidating a number of recent acquisitions and bringing them in-house. Ramaswami notes that this VMware customer, like many, uses NSX not just for security, but also for automation and disaster recovery. This is the trifecta of key use cases Ramaswami recently explained.

Making the Journey Together

Helping customers realize these kinds of notable IT achievements with NSX is only the beginning. With NSX, customers are realizing how much more they can accomplish across their businesses and the broader communities they serve.

Watch the video to learn more from Rajiv Ramaswami about how customers are using NSX.

VMware’s GM and EVP Rajiv Ramaswami explains how VMware NSX is becoming critical to multi-cloud strategies. Enterprises of all sizes are achieving success by leveraging NSX to build out their cloud deployments. With NSX, customers are realizing how much more they can accomplish across their businesses and the broader communities they serve.

Rating: 5/5

Aug 18

vRealize Network Insight Overview

See how VMware vRealize Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security to help IT maximize their NSX investments.

Rating: 5/5

Aug 18

VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.0


VMware® vRealize® Network Insight™ 3.0.0 is a data center operations and analytics application that brings consumerclass simplicity to software-defined data centers (SDDC).

Descriptions of Icons used in vRealize Network Insight

Think of your entire data center as being composed of entities and their relationships. As an example, a virtual machine is an entity, and the virtual machine is part of a Host which is another entity. vRealize Network Insight provides visibility and information on numerous entities that are part of your data center.
vRealize Network Insight Icons


Rating: 5/5

Aug 15

VMware NSX is the Networking Bridge to a Multi-Cloud Future

Across industries, the race is on to digital transformation. It’s all about business innovation and redefinition. The transformations are huge: Tesla isn’t just a car manufacturer; it’s a software business that makes cars. CITI is a software business that makes loans. GE is a software business that makes industrial equipment.

Register for this VMworld 2016 session to learn about the future of VMware NSX.

Like most of the customers we talk with, your business is also going through a transformation. Lots of change. Lots of disruption. Lots of innovation. More apps, representing more services and new business models. More lines of business empowered to make decisions about the IT they’ll use to take their innovations to market. And there’s no doubt that a huge enabler of all of this has been the cloud.

Consider what some of the leading industry pundits are predicting:

  • By 2019, the majority of virtual machines (VMs) will be delivered by IaaS providers.
  • By 2019, more than 30% of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only.
  • By 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today
  • By 2020, 50% of applications running in public cloud environments will be considered mission-critical by the organizations using them (Gartner)

Through all of this, networking is undergoing fundamental change. It’s evolving to support both traditional and 3rd Platform architectures. It’s expanding and becoming more agile and flexible to support tomorrow’s application infrastructures spanning different hypervisors and containers, and living partly on-premises and partly across multiple public clouds.

At the heart of all of this change is VMware NSX. When you consider that just three years ago, VMware NSX did not even exist as a product, it is amazing to see the sheer number of production customers across every market segment and every region across the world.

At VMworld 2016, in Session NET9989-S, join VMware Chief Technology Strategy Officer Guido Appenzeller for a preview into what lies ahead for VMware NSX and network virtualization.

Rating: 5/5

Jul 29

NSX-V Multi-site Options and Cross-VC NSX Design Guide

Created by Humair Ahmed on Jul 22, 2016 1:36 PM. Last modified by Humair Ahmed on Jul 25, 2016 2:19 PM.
This design guide is in initial draft status and feedback is welcome for next updated version release.
Please send feedback to

The goal of this design guide is to outline several NSX solutions available for multi-site data center connectivity before digging deeper into the details of the Cross-VC NSX multi-site solution. Learn how Cross-VC NSX enables logical networking and security across multiple vCenter domains/sites and how it provides enhanced solutions for specific use cases. No longer is logical networking and security constrained to a single vCenter domain. Cross-VC NSX use cases, architecture, functionality, deployment models, design, and failure/recovery scenarios are discussed in detail.

This document is targeted toward virtualization and network architects interested in deploying VMware® NSX Network virtualization solution in a vSphere environment.

The design guide addresses the following topics:

  • Why Multi-site?
  • Traditional Multi-site Challenges
  • Why VMware NSX for Multi-site Data Center Solutions
  • NSX Multi-site Solution

Cross-VC NSX:

  • Use Cases
  • Architecture and Functionality
  • Deployment Models
  • Design Guidance
  • Failure/Recovery scenarios

Cross VC NSX Overview

VMware NSX provides network virtualization technology that decouples the networking services from the underlying physical infrastructure. By replicating traditional networking hardware constructs and moving the network intelligence to software, logical networks can be created efficiently over any basic IP network transport. The software based approach to networking provides the same benefits to the network as server virtualization provided for compute.
Pre-NSX 6.2, although NSX provides the flexibility, agility, efficiency and other benefits of network virtualization, the logical networking and security was constrained to the boundaries of one vCenter domain.

Figure 16 below shows NSX logical networking and security deployed within a single site and across a single vCenter domain.
VMware NSX Deployment site, single vCenter Server

Although it was possible to use NSX with one vCenter domain and stretch logical networking security across sites, the benefits of network virtualization with NSX was still limited to one vCenter domain. Figure 17 below shows multiple vCenter domains which happen to also be at different sites all requiring separate NSX controllers and having isolated logical networking and security.

Thanks to all the contributors and reviewers of this document.

This will also soon be posted on our NSX Technical Resources website (link below):

Feedback and Comments to the Authors and the NSX Solution Team are highly appreciated.
– The VMware NSX Solution Team


Download Multi-site Options and Cross-VC NSX Design Guide.pdf (15.5 MB).

Rating: 5/5

Jul 06

NSX Series 03 – Microsegmentation across DCs

This is the third of a series of 5 demos that show how the NSX Security Model works through several use cases. Don’t just believe what you see, try it yourself for free with VMware Hands-On-Labs (see below):

Rating: 5/5

Jun 29

OpenStack and VMware NSX

In this video, we discuss the way in which Neutron, the networking project of OpenStack, and VMware NSX interact. We cover the basic Neutron workflows and their situation as it relates to the application, as well as the corresponding NSX element that is leveraged each time. With this, we aim to describe how NSX ultimately brings stability to Neutron

Rating: 5/5

Jun 21

NSX Series 02 – Microsegmentation in a single DC

This is the second of a series of 5 demos that show how the NSX Security Model works through several use cases. Don’t just believe what you see, try it yourself for free with VMware Hands-On-Labs (see below):

Rating: 5/5