Blog3 Benefits VMware NSX Brings to the Data Center

Today, virtualization lets IT deploy virtual machines in minutes or less, but networking has lagged behind. This slows down business while creating security risks. VMware NSX solves this problem by enabling the creation of networks in software and embedding them in the hypervisor layer. NSX also delivers a fundamentally more secure data center by embedding security functions into the hypervisor, creating microsegmentation and granular security to individual workloads.

VMware NSX can help deliver security, automation, and application continuity to data centers. Here’s a breakdown:

  1. Security: A big part of NSX’s success over the past few years was driving home the killer micro-segmentation use-case. Security is a pain point for every company and most have robust budgets or allocations to improve security. To champion this internally, make connections with the CIO, CISO / CSO or other senior security leaders and talk about the success of NSX in solving security challenges. You can reference this NSX real-world scenario we blogged about. Consider the following key areas NSX can deliver today’s security:
    • Better east-west security across the data center
    • Security for VDI environments
    • Security between VMs (simple network)
    • Security for multiple zones (DMZ, internal)
    • Security for multi-tier applications
  2. Automation: Slow manual networking and security processes are a major pain point for many organizations—and a leading challenge that NSX can solve. Automation is the cornerstone of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) and a strategic initiative for which VMware and NSX can be positioned. Automation is top of mind for influencers and app/cloud leaders in organizations so you’ll want to start there. Here are some key areas NSX adds value:
    • Accelerating workload deployments through agile development, continuous deployments, and by treating infrastructure as code
    • Enabling compliance and auditability
    • Decreasing risk and time inefficiencies due to human errors
    • Allowing developers to use existing toolsets
  3. Application continuity: Availability and continuity of IT resources in the event of a failure is an important worry for CIOs but is often an underinvested area. NSX makes it easy for organizations to extend their data centers across locations or into the public cloud. Here are some ways NSX delivers value:
    • Reducing hardware costs and complexity through virtualization, decoupling network services from the physical infrastructure
    • Simplifying operations and lower OpEx by automating deployments and reducing the impacts of human error
    • Simplifying management – all available from a single pane of glass

VMware NSX leverages Software-Defined Networking (SDN) to provide better visibility into on-going attacks and can adapt your security posture automatically. NSX reduces your risk to growing threats through microsegmentation of your network helping you realize the full potential of your SDDC while delivering automation and application continuity as well.

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Dustin Smith

Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist

Throughout his twenty-five year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist at ASG, Dustin uses his advanced understanding of cloud compute models to help customers develop and align their cloud strategies with their business objectives. His master-level engineering knowledge spans storage, systems, and networking.