VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center.   
 

NSX embeds networking and security functionality that is typically handled in hardware directly into the hypervisor. The NSX network virtualization platform fundamentally transforms the data center’s network operational model like server virtualization did 10 years ago, and is helping thousands of customers realize the full potential of a SDDC.

 

With NSX, you can reproduce in software your entire networking environment. NSX provides a complete set of logical networking elements and services including logical switching, routing, firewalling, load balancing, VPN, QoS, and monitoring. Virtual networks are programmatically provisioned and managed independent of the underlying hardware.

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NSX Product Overview

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What NSX Does

Moves Networking to Software

The NSX network virtualization platform is helping hundreds of customers realize the full potential of a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). NSX moves networking to software, creating never-before-seen levels of flexibility. It fundamentally transforms the data center’s network operational model like server virtualization did 10 years ago.

Lets You Move Workloads Seamlessly

NSX moves virtual machines and all of their associated networks and security policies between data centers in just minutes. It avoids any interruption to the running application, enabling active-active data centers and immediate disaster recovery options.

Cuts Network Provisioning Time

NSX reduces the time to provision entire networks in software from weeks to seconds. It abstracts virtual networks from the underlying physical network, providing the flexibility to run on top of any network hardware. With improved operational efficiency through automation, network operators can achieve faster deployment and greater agility.

Enables Network Micro-segmentation

NSX brings security inside the data center with automated, fine-grained policies tied to the virtual machines. It enables micro-segmentation to significantly reduce the lateral spread of threats inside the data center. By making network micro-segmentation operationally feasible, NSX brings an inherently better security model to the data center.

Integrates with Third-Party Products

NSX provides a platform for bringing the industry’s leading networking and security solutions into the SDDC. By taking advantage of tight integration with the NSX platform, third-party products can not only deploy automatically as needed, but also adapt dynamically to changing conditions in the data center.

SPOTLIGHT

Download the Network Virtualization For Dummies Guide

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New Webcast Series: IT Automation

Our three-episode series demonstrates how to move to software-centric networking without disruption.

NSX Introductory Webinar Series

Join these technical and business-focused web-based seminars to learn how NSX can transform your data center operational model.

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Try NSX for Free

Our Hands-on Labs provide an easy, no-cost way to evaluate the features and functionality of NSX. Select a self-paced lab and get started in minutes.

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Top Use Cases for NSX

Bruce Davie, CTO for networking at VMware, outlines the company’s strategy for NSX.

Making the Business Case for Virtualized Networks

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Use Cases

Security and Micro-segmentation

NSX embeds security functions right into the hypervisor. It delivers micro-segmentation and granular security to the individual workload, enabling a fundamentally more secure data center. Security policies travel with the workloads, independent of where workloads are in the network topology.

Agility and Streamlined Operations

NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to workloads using a policy-driven approach. This automates networking operations and eliminates bottlenecks associated with hardware-based networks.

Application Continuity

NSX abstracts networking from the underlying hardware and attaches networking and security policies to their associated workloads. Applications and data can reside and be accessible anywhere. Move workloads from one data center to another, or deploy them into a hybrid cloud environment.

Customer Stories

 

Tribune Media Responds Faster to Customers

With over 42 owned or operated TV stations, Tribune Media is one of the largest independent broadcasters in the US. VMware is helping the company increase security capabilities, decrease costs and respond to customer needs faster.

 

“VMware has been really critical to drive the fluidity back to the business.”

— David Giambruno, SVP and CIO, Tribune Media

IBM Increases Agility with NSX Automation

"I’m able to gain efficiency in my capital expenditures and my operational expenditures by using NSX automation and really transforming my network and IT environment."

-- Steve Currie, Executive Consultant, IBM Global Technology Solutions

Armor Shields its Customers from Cyber Threats

“NSX and VMware give us that ability to orchestrate our customers in a cloud-like environment, but give them the security wrapper that allows them from day one to be born secure.”

— Jeff Schilling, Chief Security Officer, ARMOR

University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico needed improved security, micro-segmentation, and multi-tenancy, without being hardware dependent. Find out why they chose NSX network virtualization.

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Exostar Automates and Simplifies IT Operations

“We chose NSX over the competitors such as Cisco ACI, simply because of market adoption. NSX has gained much more momentum in the marketplace and seems to have broader acceptance by the partner ecosystems.”

— Andy Lubel, Manager of Technical Infrastructure, Exostar

CBOSS Estimates 60% Savings with SDN Solution

“"It's dramatically simpler to install and manage NSX than the traditional network."

— Chris Miller, Principal Architect at AdvizeX (integration partner)

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NSX Offerings

  • Standard Edition: Automates IT workflows, bringing agility to the data center network and reducing network operating costs and complexity.
  • Advanced Edition: Standard Edition plus a fundamentally more secure data center with micro-segmentation. Helps secure the data center to the highest levels, while automating IT provisioning of security.
  • Enterprise Edition: Advanced Edition plus networking and security across multiple domains. Enables the data center network to extend across multiple sites and connect to high-throughput physical workloads.
Product Features
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Product Features Distributed switching and routing
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Product Features NSX edge firewall
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Product Features NAT
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Product Features SW L2 bridging to physical environment
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Product Features Dynamic routing with ECMP (active-active)
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Product Features API-driven automation
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Product Features Integration with vRealize and OpenStack
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Product Features Log Management with vRealize Log Insight for NSX
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Product Features Automation of security policies with vRealize
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Product Features NSX edge load balancing
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Product Features Distributed firewalling
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Product Features Integration with Active Directory
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Product Features Server activity monitoring
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Product Features Service insertion (third-party integration)
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Product Features Integration with AirWatch
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Product Features Cross vCenter NSX
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Product Features Multi-site NSX optimizations
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Product Features VPN (IPSec and SSL)
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Product Features Remote Gateway
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Product Features Integration with hardware VTEPs
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Learn more about specific NSX features by edition.