Introduction to VMware NSX for vSphere

Today we are going to talk about the VMware's NSX for vSphere which is one of the leading competition of Cisco ACI and has head to head competition with Cisco. We will soon write another article on Cisco ACI in details.

What is VMware NSX for vSphere?
So it is the platform from the VMware which provide you virtualization and Security. NSX enables the creation of entire networks in software and embeds them in the hypervisor layer, abstracted from the underlying physical hardware. All network components can be provisioned in minutes, without the need to modify the application.

What is the offerings from VMware NSX ?
Well VMware NSX provide you with the 4 different offering and they are as follows: 
  • Standard
  • Advance
  • Enterprise
  • Remote
What is the difference between the Standard and the Advance VMware NSX offerings ?
With the standard approach of VMware NSX, User/Customer can Automates IT workflows, bringing agility to the data center network and reducing network operating costs and complexity.

While with the Advance offering, It is a 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.

Fig 1.1- VMware NSX Architecture

What are the other offerings provided by VMware NSX and what is the features included ?
The Other offering is named as Enterprise edition which is 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.

The last offering is for the remote and the branch sites, where VMware NSX automates and secures workloads and that is called as Branch Edition.

What is the platform using in VMware NSX and what are the key features ?
  • The platform supported by NSX is ESXi only
  • vSwitch required DVS+Kernel modules
  • It can support upto 1000 physical servers
  • It can support upto 10,000 Endpoints ( VMs)
  • So with the help of 1 vCenter, the maximum server per VLANs are 512
  • It cant support multicast inside Overlay
  • It can't be integrated with the containers.