Tackling Distributed Data Center Security With Software-Driven Firewalls by VMware

VMware appeared at May’s Security Field Day event to present their NSX firewall product. This coverage post examines what NSX is, what it does, and what it means for the industry. Read on to learn more, and be sure to watch VMware’s NSX presentation for even more technical information.


VMware vRNI: Monitoring Networks Across Multiple Clouds

With software abstraction becoming all the rage in enterprise IT, VMware offers their vRNI solution as a way to gain top-down network visibility — even across multiple clouds. This post covers their presentation of vRNI, or vRealize Network Insight, at May’s Networking Field Day event. Learn about the three pillars the tool is designed to support by reading this post, or checking out their video presentation on the topic.


Security Field Day Is Back March 23-25, 2021

Security Field Day is coming back! Join us March 23-25, 2021 to see the exciting lineup of presentations and experts from the security community. You can also use #XFD5 on Twitter to join the conversation, and for more about the upcoming Security Field Day, check out this video and post from Tom Hollingsworth on GestaltIT.com.


Redefining Service Protection With VMware Service-Defined Firewall

The world of security is always changing and so are the challenges around it. Writing for Gestalt IT, Tom Hollingsworth (the “Networking Nerd”) writes about the evolving challenges facing the traditional firewall and how VMware is working to combat those challenges with its Service-Defined Firewall. Check out Tom’s post and VMware’s presentation on their new security products at Security Field Day.


VMware Adds Distributed IPS/IDS to NSX

In this piece, Justin Warren looks at how VMware is adding security features to its networking efforts, something they recently highlighted at Security Field Day. Part of this involves adding intrusion detection/prevention to NSX. For Justin, support for groups and tags has been a vital inclusion. Groups allow admins to group objects together and set common rules against that group. Meanwhile tags let you add arbitrary attributes that follow an information scheme. Combined these two features can provide a way for admins to compliment their packet policies for security. Justin still thinks VMware needs to further operationalize these features to make them truly comprehensive for network security, but clearly the effort is being put into their platforms.


Exorcising Network Ghosts With VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer

Is your networking haunted? Or do you feel like problems are happening and you can’t find them? Who you gonna call? Tom Hollingsworth looks at how VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer can help you bust the ghosts that haunt your network and prove that the problems are floating around somewhere else. While definitely a spooky topic, luckily Tom found VMware’s presentation from Networking Field Day to be anything but.


New Features With NSX-T 3.0 – Federation and Kubernetes on vSphere

Mariusz Kaczorek heard a lot from VMware at the most recent Tech Field Day event. In this post, he breaks down the latest features and updates for NSX-T 3.0. This includes a number of important updates, with networking support for vSphere with Kubernetes and cloud-scale networking with NSX-T Federation. With Mariusz, with NSX-v set to end support in 2022, NSX-T 3.0 offers a promising replacement with better load balancing, multi-site networking and security across various platforms.


Networking Field Day

It was great to have VMware present at our most recent Networking Field Day. At the event, they provided updates on a number of vital networking solutions within their portfolio. This included updates to NSX to provide improved networking and security for containers, which at scale can be challenging to manage otherwise. Check out their video demo of NSX container networking for Red Hat OpenShift 4.3 for more specifics. They also dived into NSX Advanced Load Balancer which is based on tech acquired with Avi Networks, and did several sessions on NSX analytical and intelligence capabilities. Much like NSX itself, their presentation covered a lot of ground, so be sure to watch the videos to get caught up on their latest.


The Power of Policy Made Simple With NSX Manager

Creative Technologist, Chris Grundemann, shares what he learned during his experience at Future:NET 2019 and ties it into what VMware showed at Networking Field Day.


NSX-T Is Transformative for the Future of VMware

At their recent Networking Field Day presentation, VMware went into detail about their recent NSX 2.4 release. For Tom Hollingsworth, the release adds a lot of notable features and signals where the company is going in the future. Going forward, all NSX development will be on NSX-T for modern infrastructure, rather than the traditional NSX-V. Tom notes this effectively marks the end of the vSphere-centric data center. Don’t let the version number fool you, this is VMware being aggressive to remain vital to modern IT.


BLOG – NFD20 – VMware – SDWAN

Rodrigo Rovere was a delegate at Networking Field Day last month, and got to hear the latest from VMware. The company focused on their SD-WAN portfolio, focusing on Velocloud. They showed how this can offer organizations not just easier networking across sites, but more security on top of it. This coordinated with NSX makes for a potent combination.


Microsegmentation: Worth Implementing Over a Host-Based Firewall?

In this post, Ken Nalbone looks into VMware’s NSX microsegmentation implementation as they presented at Security Field Day. He looks at the benefits of that approach vs a more typical host-based firewall. He breaks down the performance, security, and governance advantages of using this hypervisor-based approach for modern enterprises.


Is Software Defined Networking Like Yoga?

How does software defined networking resemble yoga? Both give you flexibility. Luigi Danakos makes the case that VMware NSX offers the flexibility needed to meet the needs of distributed modern networks.


VMware Virtual Cloud Network: Networking Glue for Hybrid Clouds

In this post, Jon Klaus looks at how VMware’s newly announced Virtual Cloud Network can help overcome many of the challenges of managing a hybrid cloud deployment. He particularly focuses on VMware’s NSX SD-WAN by Velocloud as the backbone that can connect remote sites while maintaining security.


Extending Policy Control with NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud

Denise Donohue shared her look at the policy control features of VMware’s NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud. This allows admins to synchronize policy enforcement points with a single coordinated platform.


VMWare’s Virtual Cloud Network: Managing networks like magic

Sonia Cuff shares how VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network can help solve the challenges of a modern distributed workforce. This uses NSX SD-WAN to securely connect and monitor a network, while keeping management simple. For Sonia, invoking Arthur C Clarke, this approaches networking magic.


VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network Fulfills the SDN Promise

At Networking Field Day Exclusive with VMware, Jordan Martin saw how the company’s Virtual Cloud Network integrates different domains into a coherent orchestration and policy engine. For him, it delivers on the initial promises made by software-defined networking.


VMware’s Virtual Cloud Network: Riding the Wave of Digital Transformation

Eyvonne Sharp takes a look at Virtual Cloud Network, which she saw at length during Networking Field Day Exclusive with VMware last week. For her, this represents the first glimpse into how the company will integrate their VeloCloud acquisition into their already robust software stack.


Networking Field Day Exclusive with VMware

Andrea Mauro is heading out to Las Vegas for Networking Field Day Exclusive with VMware. They’ll be digging into NSX from the event at Dell Tech World. We’re looking forward to seeing what Andrea thinks after the presentation.