VMware NSX, also known as NSX-T, is a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution. SDNs allow IT administrators to create networking components in software rather than hardware. This results in significantly cheaper and faster deployment of network solutions.
Transitioning to a software-defined datacenter skips the time-consuming procurement and physical implementation steps, which enables teams to react faster to new challenges and projects required by the business. Let’s take a look at NSX and the role it plays in the transition to software-defined infrastructure.
Components of VMware NSX
NSX is an enterprise-ready network solution, and as you’d expect from such a product, has many features and components.
Depending on your license, NSX features include:
- Distributed Routing
- Centralized Firewalls
- Layer 2 Switching (over layer 3)
- Feature-rich load balancing
- Site-to-site and remote access VPNs
- Distributed Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Protection
- Extend On-Prem Networking to the Cloud for Consistency
To learn more about how this works, and the impact to your VMware environment, read the full article on VMware NSX in our Ultimate Guide to VMware Administration.