University of New Mexico Improves Security With VMware NSX

Established in 1889, the University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public research university located in Albuquerque. It is the state’s leading research institution and one of its largest employers. Technology plays a key role at UNM in powering online learning and delivering services to both students and administration.

Security, Agility, and Cost Savings

UNM needed to upgrade its IT infrastructure in order to automate services, increase agility, and eliminate outages. To accomplish these goals, the university began defining, creating, and establishing a software-defined data center (SDDC) three years ago.

UNM chose to invest in VMware solutions, and its successful move to a SDDC model resulted in decreased costs and increased efficiency and reliability. The university also leveraged VMware NSX® network virtualization platform and VMware vRealize® Automation to further enhance security.

NSX combining the functionality of portable networks with the ability to connect with the hybrid cloud is the coolest thing I’ve seen in my 20-year IT career.

Brian Pietrewicz, Deputy CIO at the University of New Mexico

“The real challenge is to secure the data and set it up so users can take advantage of all the functionality, speed, and agility that exists in the cloud,” says Brian Pietrewicz, Deputy CIO at the University of New Mexico. “With NSX, we can pick up workloads and move them to the cloud and not have to change any of the configurations or any of the security posture. We can easily move it for whatever reason we choose. That’s huge.”

Cross-Cloud Functionality

Using vRealize Automation and plug-ins, the university is able to direct users through the vRealize Automation portal and successfully deploy to cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. Because NSX extends to the cloud, the environment is properly secured and accessible through centralized consoles.

“I was very excited about the cross-cloud services,” says Pietrewicz. “If you mix in vRealize Automation for private cloud services with NSX underneath and cross-cloud functionality, you can actually keep up with demand because you can escort people to the cloud in a way that’s easy and secure.”

“It’s immensely powerful,” he adds. “NSX combining the functionality of portable networks with the ability to connect with the hybrid cloud is the coolest thing I’ve seen in my 20-year IT career.”

To learn more about how UNM easily added cross-cloud functionality with VMware, watch the video.