The networking industry has moved through the early phase of software defined networking (SDN). Most practitioners know that SDN will be a part of networking’s long-term future. The denial phase is over; as an industry, we are well into the acceptance and research phases.
On this edition of Priority Queue, the Packet Pushers are sponsored by VMware for a discussion about the NSX network virtualization platform.
This isn’t the first time VMware has talked about NSX with the Packet Pushers. On Weekly Show 161, we received an overview of the technology and its initial use cases.
The focus of today’s show is more on the business and human realities of using NSX in production. How is NSX doing in the marketplace? What practical use cases have customers discovered for NSX? What are some of the myths surrounding NSX?
Milin Desai, Sr. Director of Product Management, Networking and Security Business Unit at VMware; and Bruce Davie, Chief Technology Office for Networking at VMware, join Packet Pushers co-hosts Greg Ferro and Ethan Banks for this discussion around NSX.
What We Discuss
VMware 6.2 launch. At VMworld 2015 in San Francisco, NSX 6.2 was announced. The highlights in the new release include…
- Better integration with physical infrastructure.
- Expanded security capabilities that support the notion of the “Personal DMZ.”
- The idea of application continuity enables improved utilization of resources by joining multiple data centers into a single pool (metro-pooling), faster recovery from disasters and outages, and deployment of hybrid networking services.
Market adoption. VMware has seen over 100 production deployments, and growth is accelerating. Note that these are production deployments, and not merely product sales to customer who have not implemented NSX yet.
Real-world use cases. We discuss what customers are actually doing with NSX in the context of network virtualization and security, such as microsegmentation.
Partnerships. What other networking vendors are partnering with VMware to offer a deeper integration between their products and NSX?
Perceptions. We chase down a number of issues that have been reported to us via e-mail about NSX, and get VMware’s take. For example…
- Does VMware really think that NSX will replace existing networking?
- Has VMware abandoned the multi-hypervisor approach with NSX?
- How hard is it to implement NSX, really?
Other questions. We get into some practical issues around operationalizing NSX.
- How is VMware aligning with hardware vendors to make it easier to integrate overlay/underlay?
- Has NSX proven more interesting to virtualization admins or network admins?
Enjoy the show!
For More Information
Packet Pushers Weekly Show 161 – VMware NSX — Real World SDN (also sponsored by VMware)