Networking Field Day 17 (NFD17) Redux

John Herbert shares his parting thoughts from Networking Field Day last week. He touches on the two dominant themes he saw from the presenters, ever increasing automation and an emphasis on telemetry. He shares his favorite presentations as well. Make sure to watch the recorded video of the presentations to see for yourself.


VMworld 2017 preview: Current state of VMware

In this VMworld US preview, Keith Townsend reviews the current state of VMware. This includes a look at where the company has stumbled or needs keep on eye on, like Cloud and containers, and areas where they are prominent or leading the category, like networking and security. It’s a thorough rundown to set the stage for the major announcements at VMworld.


Step by Step – VMware Virtual Network Assessment NSX Free

Writing in Czech, Karel Novak gives a step by step guide to using NSX Assessment to audit virtual network environments. This was prompted by VMware NSX’s presentation at Networking Field Day. Karel very clearly explains the process of setting up and using NSX with accompanying images for each step.


VMware NSX is something something awesome

Returning from Networking Field Day, Tony Mattke talks VMware NSX, focusing on the very interesting concept of Micro-Segmentation that NSX enables. He also highlights NSX’s ability to fully virtualize the network inside of VMware’s virtual compute infrastructure. Tony is very excited about the NSX, but he has his concerns and concludes by asking for a deeper dive into what happens when the firewall is flooded with traffic.


Is it time for virtual switch abstraction to fade?

From VMware’s presentation on NSX at Networking Field Day, Keith Townsend started looking seriously at the concept of a virtual switch. After working with designing cloud-based infrastructure projects, where the concept doesn’t exist, Keith was seeing the idea as outmoded in a modern data center. This caused a fascinating discussion in the VMware presentation. Keith links to it, and it definitely gets you thinking.


NSX – The Network Redefined

Justin Cohen takes a look at VMware NSX, which he saw a lot of at Networking Field Day in April. This is a comprehensive review of the network virtualization solution, best summed up by Justin: VMWare does for the network what it did for servers. It’s not quite as simple as that, and Justin does a good job of showing what VMware is doing different to account for the realities of networking. It’s a good read, and gives a thorough overview of the solution.


VMware NSX: Going Big with Micro-Segmentation

At Networking Field Day in April, VMware gave a four hour presentation, going into a deep dive on NSX. In this piece, Rich Stroffolino focuses specifically on how the platform can be used for network security applications, and increase overall visibility.


Why the Heck Would You Use NSX?

John Welsh got to drink from the firehose of a four hour VMware NSX presentation at Networking Field Day in April. He thinks the value the platform gives is in its ability to provide additional security layers through micro-segmentation. This isn’t meant to replace a hardware perimeter firewall, but can provide additional firewalls down to vNIC level. Effectively setting a stateful firewall policy per VM.


VMWare NSX Distributed Firewall

At Networking Field Day earlier this month, Kevin Blackburn was introduced to the idea of a VMware distributed firewall. He thinks it’s a perfect example of how their NSX platform can bring additional value to your network by eliminating a lot of the need to physically segment it. Kevin sees NSX as making the network easier to manage, without ceding any control over its operation.


VMware NSX Unplugged: Networking Field Day

Networking Field Day compared to MTV’s “Unplugged” series? Hey, we’ll take it! Roger Fortier with VMware shared the videos from the event, and found the focused discussions and more relaxed atmosphere led to some truly unique moments. Make sure to check out all of VMware’s presentation, they were able to go really in-depth on their NSX Network Virtualization and Security platform.


VMWare NSX: A New Method of Datacenter Networking

Kevin Blackburn wrote up some of his thoughts on VMware NSX from Networking Field Day last week. The company presented on it for four hours, so he was really able to get into a technical deep dive on this interesting network control solution. Kevin seemed really impressed by how NSX lets you integrate a variety of vendors into the solution, via a layer 3 connection using BGP or OSPF. NSX also allows you to directly firewall devices, create unique policies, and extend all of this into cloud environments thanks to AWS support.


Software Defined Networking and Its Effects on the Wireless Industry

Drew Lentz wrote about his experience at Networking Field Day last week. AS primarily someone focused on the wireless side (he is @WirelessNerd after all), he was a little intimidated at the prospect. In the end, he found it a fascinating experience. He particularly enjoyed seeing developments with software-defined networking, as he saw from UP Infusion, the Open Networking Summit, and from VMware’s NSX solution. In the end, he reflects on what he saw will inevitably impact the wireless side.


Short Take – The Present Future of the Net

Tom Hollingsworth wrote up some quick thoughts from Networking Field Day. He saw Intel really pushing their 5G LTE wireless successor. PNDA really impressed Tom with their potential to change networking data analytics. Finally, VMware talked about the transition from traditional networking to one defined by microservices and application layer intelligence over dinner. Overall, sounds like Tom has a lot of food for thought!


Ah… NSX, We Meet Again.

Keith Townsend is heading to his first Networking Field Day next month, and he’s started to preview the presenting companies. First up is VMware with their NSX platform. Keith is familiar with it, but wants to hear more about NSX and micro-segmentation, specifically what VMware has learned from customers is how they go from the passive listening phase of looking at traffic to finally taking action against suspicious behavior. He’s also interested in seeing how serverless and NSX-T work together. He’ll get his fill at Networking Field Day, make sure to check out the live stream to watch along with Keith and the other delegates.


Tech field day VMware NSX at Interop

Tech field day VMware NSX at Interop