VMware Expands Network Virtualization with NSX-T 2.5 and Advanced Load Balancer


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At VMworld 2019 on August 27, VMware announced a series of updates and enhancements for its network virtualization portfolio, anchored by the NSX product line.

Among the updates is the NSX-T 2.5 update, the new NSX Intelligence offering as well as a new load balancer technology based on capabilities gained via the acquisition of Avi Networks on June 14.

In a blog post, Umesh Mahajan SVP of NSX at VMware explained that the 2.5 update introduced a new deployment and operational mode referred to as the Native Cloud Enforced mode. “This mode provides a consistent policy model across the hybrid cloud network and reduces overhead by eliminating the need to install NSX tools in workload VMs in the public cloud,” Mahajan explained. “The NSX security policies are translated into the cloud provider’s native security constructs via APIs, enabling common and centralized policy enforcement across clouds.”

NSX Intelligence

While NSX has long provided users with visibility into virtual networking operations, the new NSX Intelligence product goes a step further, providing a distributed analytics engine.

“Traditional approaches involve sending extensive packet data and telemetry to multiple disparate centralized engines for analysis, which increase cost, operational complexity, and limit the depth of analytics,” Mahajan stated. “In contrast, NSX Intelligence, built natively within the NSX platform, distributes the analytics within the hypervisor on each host, sending back relevant meta-data to a scale-out, lightweight appliance for visualization, reporting and building machine-learning models.”

NSX Advanced Load Balancer

The new NSX Advanced Load Balancer is VMware’s rebranded version of the Avi Networks platform, which provides distributed application delivery controller (ADC) capabilities for the cloud.

Amit Pandey, former CEO of Avi Networks and now VP of of NSX Services at the Network and Security Business Unit at VMware, commented that the Avi Networks team remains intact at VMware.

“We originally founded Avi Networks because we believed that the traditional ADC industry had failed its customers,” Pandey wrote in a blog post.

In his view, as enterprises re-architect applications as microservices, re-define the data center through software, and re-build infrastructure as hybrid and multi-cloud environments, ADC appliances work against the goals of modernizing enterprises.

“Avi re-imagined the ADC as a distributed software-defined fabric that is managed by a centralized controller,” he wrote. “Automation, intelligence, and multi-cloud lives at the heart of our solution. Architecturally and philosophically, Avi and VMware couldn’t be more aligned.”

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.


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