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VMWARE NSX PLAT F/ENT 2Y

Mfg. Part: NC-NSX-E-LIC-24M-C | CDW Part: 3226854
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VMWARE NSX PLAT F/ENT 2Y is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It has allowed our customers to scale/extend their existing IP subnets and spin up new subnets on-demand for new app/web/DB tiers. Valuable Features:* NSX Manager featuresImprovements to My Organization:It has allowed our customers to scale/extend their existing IP subnets and spin up new subnets on-demand for new app/web/DB tiers. Increasing overall VM-to-VM security and policy deployments. It has helped increase operational efficiency from a network management perspective. Many firms have multiple racks of equipment at different data centers that leveraging NSX definitely helps (extending the 'same' IP subnets to different racks in the same data center). For customers who use SRM, there are also great benefits (i.e., not having to manually re-IP DR-side VMs during a failover test).Room for Improvement:* NSX Manager console: limit on number of NSX Controllers an architecture can haveUse of Solution:I have used it for 3+ years.Deployment Issues:No major issues with deployment, considering you have done your prep work prior and capacity planning discovery to ensure smooth transition.Stability Issues:Stability factors stemmed from existing ESXi host setup/configuration/performance and compute capacity; did not identify any stability issues with VMware NSX solution itself.Scalability Issues:No scalability issues encountered.Customer Service:Customer service is 10/10.Technical Support:Technical support is 10/10.Previous Solutions:No previous solution in place.Initial Setup:Straightforward setup; best practices need to be adhered to.Implementation Team:Implemented in-house in PoC/prod; showed customer PoC demo, then implemented at customer site with positive results.ROI:As a VMware Partner, our ROI is the same as our customers perhaps. NSX helps us leverage our existing infrastructure that is used for training/consulting purposes.Other Solutions Considered:No other options evaluated. VMware is the leader in network virtualization.Other Advice:Typically CCIE's are the ones tasked with implementing NSX due to their solid network background. Organizations for the most part do not have resources that know VMware as well as they know Cisco. The skills required to be well versed in deploying this technology is rare.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:VMware Professional Partner (consulting and training services)
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Provides Microsegmentation And Good Security Features For North-South And East-West Traffic Across Your SDDC Valuable Features:The ease in which to install this product and make it work straight away without minimum changes in your physical network and is simply astonishing. The only thing you need to do when installing this product is change your MTU to 1600 (jumbo frames). It provides microsegmentation and good security features for north-south and east-west traffic across your SDDC. The performance you obtain at the virtual layer and traffic crossing for your VMs gets improved dramatically because the traffic doesn't leave the hypervisor. I'm not a network guy myself but NSX makes it really easy to understand how the virtual network pins together and how you can manage the traffic and security within your VMware deployment without the hassle of changing VLANs, adding unnecessary protocols for discovery, etc.Encapsulating the traffic using VXLAN is a great addition. It extrapolates the number of VLANs that you can stretch to an almost infinite number of VXLAN (millions of VXLANs). In abstract, you are dealing with numerous VLANs every time you want to send traffic from one VM to another, basically VMs on different hosts within the same datacenter will be connected to the same logical switch and traffic is advertised via unicast traffic from the NSX controllers to let every body know in the environment "who is who" to minimize the amount of multicast traffic.Improvements to My Organization:We haven't installed this in our environment yet. We have a major lab to provide our Ci-Dev team a sandpit to test apps and its security when deploying a three-tier application on our customers and test every single connection and performance before handing over the application to the customer.Room for Improvement:The upgrade process is okay overall, but we have encountered issues every time when upgrading with the ESXi hosts VIB installation packages not being properly deployed, and after upgrading NSX manager, the ESXi hosts still uses the old version. This causes additional steps to manually remove those old VIBs from the ESXi, reinstall them, and try again. In some cases, we had to uninstall and install them from scratch NSX and restore from backup, which in a real world scenario won't be desirable to do. You would like to have an in-place a seamless upgrade from one version to another, especially if you are changing minor versions (e.g., 6.3.1 to 6.3.2).Use of Solution:Six months now.Deployment Issues:The upgrade process is okay overall, but we have encountered issues every time when upgrading with the ESXi hosts VIB installation packages not being properly deployed, and after upgrading NSX manager, the ESXi hosts still uses the old version. This causes additional steps to manually remove those old VIBs from the ESXi, reinstall them, and try again. In some cases, we had to uninstall and install them from scratch NSX and restore from backup, which in a real world scenario won't be desirable to do. You would like to have an in-place a seamless upgrade from one version to another, especially if you are changing minor versions (e.g., 6.3.1 to 6.3.2).Stability Issues:A very stable product, it is more mature than it was four years ago when it first came out. The performance you get with this product is near-line rate.Scalability Issues:If you have a large environment, the sprawl of Distributed Logical Routers or logical switches can be hard to manage, but you will have the same issues in a physical network.Customer Service:We have a direct line with VMware support and with the specialized engineer who provides support on NSX. We haven't had to open a support call yet, but the engineer we've dealt with is very capable and knowledgeable on the product.Technical Support:Excellent. VMware engineers are top of the line. I haven't met one engineer who doesn't know the product well that they support.Previous Solutions:Nope, never used a network virtualisation product before.Initial Setup:It was straightforward. Just a couple of install media and .ovf files and you're done. The interesting part comes after installation when you need to define your virtual network architecture and how you're going to deploy rules and connectivity for your VMs.Implementation Team:In-house deployment. We're a large VMware shop and know VMware products well.ROI:Not applicable for this product yet.Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing:We got the licenses from VMware as part of the NFR agreement, but you will require a medium infrastructure to deploy this initially. Lot of memory and CPU are required to have the product run smoothlyOther Solutions Considered:No, there are no other products in the market that provide network virtualisation as far as I know.Other Advice:Download the installer, try it, and you will love it. Some hardcore network administrators will say it is not the same, and of course is not the same, but it is a new way to do things in the network space. It is the way of the future when deploying large networks in Software Defined Data Centres.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-08-21
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