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VMware NSX Software Defined Networking embeds networking and security functionality that is typically handled in hardware directly into the hypervisor. The VMware NSX Software Defined Networking network virtualization platform fundamentally transforms the data center’s network operational model like server virtualization did 10 years ago, and is helping thousands of customers realize the full potential of an SDDC. VMware NSX Software Defined Networking 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. The provisioning and configuration management of IT applications and services is often a manual, slow, error prone and inconsistent exercise. It can result in critical security and operational bottlenecks for the business and puts an organization at a competitive disadvantage.

With VMware NSX Software Defined Networking you can reproduce in software your entire networking environment. VMware NSX Software Defined Networking provides a complete set of logical networking elements and services including logical switching, routing, firewalling, load balancing, VPN, QoS, and monitoring. Virtual networks are programmatically provisioned and managed independent of the underlying hardware. Already have VMware NSX? Find out how VMware vRealize Network Insight can help you manage and scale your deployment with great efficiency. VMware NSX Software Defined Networking embeds security functions right into the hypervisor. It delivers microsegmentation and granular security to the individual workload, enabling a fundamentally more secure data center. Security policies travel with the workloads, independent of where workloads are in the network topology. VMware NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to workloads using a policy driven approach.

VMware NSX Software Defined Networking Application Continuity

Move workloads from one data center to another, or deploy them into a hybrid cloud environment. Connecting multiple data centers together has been a challenging and expensive proposition. As a result, application availability and agility has suffered. VMware NSX solves this problem by abstracting network functions from the underlying physical hardware and running them in software. With the network running entirely in software, disaster recovery becomes simple. Hardware changes or manual configurations are not required in a disaster recovery event, dramatically improving your Recovery Time Objective and reducing the associated costs. By using VMware NSX to extend the network across data centers and to the public cloud, businesses can deploy applications anywhere and move them seamlessly, independent of geographic boundaries. To automates IT workflows, VMware NSX Standard Edition bringing agility to the data center network and reducing network operating costs and complexity.

VMware NSX Software Defined Networking Automation

VMware NSX Software Defined Networking lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to workloads using a policy driven approach. This automates networking operations and eliminates bottlenecks associated with hardware based networks. The provisioning and configuration management of IT applications and services is often a manual, slow, error prone and inconsistent exercise. It can result in critical security and operational bottlenecks for the business and puts an organization at a competitive disadvantage. These challenges extend to networking and security, the last major pillar of the data center that has been lacking automation capabilities that truly remedy the shortcomings of legacy approaches. VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform that enables the automation of networking and security services. VMware NSX Software Defined Networking gives IT organizations speed and security through standardization and consistency.

VMware NSX Software Defined Networking

Applications and data can reside and be accessible anywhere. With VMware NSX Software Defined Networking you can reduce the time to provision entire networks in software from weeks to seconds. It abstracts virtual networks from the underlying physical network, providing the flexibility to run on top of any network hardware. With improved operational efficiency through automation, network operators can achieve faster deployment and greater agility. Enables network micro segmentation. Provisioning VMware NSX Software Defined Networking brings security inside the data center with automated, fine—grained policies tied to the virtual machines. It enables micro segmentation to significantly reduce the lateral spread of threats inside the data center. Security policies travel with the workloads, independent of where workloads are in the network topology. VMware NSX abstracts networking from the underlying hardware and attaches networking and security policies to their associated workloads.

VMware NSX Software Defined Networking

Servers deployed the conventional way operate at less than 15 percent of capacity. Virtualization rewrites the entire equation. CPU and memory are decoupled from physical hardware, creating pools of resources for use wherever needed. Each virtualized application and its operating system are encapsulated in a separate, isolated software container called a virtual machine (VM). Many VMs can be run simultaneously on each server, putting the majority of hardware capacity to productive use. As the foundation for VMware’s complete Software—Defined Data Center platform, vSphere with Operations Management is the starting point for building your Software—Defined Data Center.

With vSphere in place, you can seamlessly extend virtualization to storage and network services and add automated, policy-based provisioning and management. In contrast to SDN, in which hardware remains the driving force, VMware network virtualization technology truly decouples network resources from underlying hardware. Virtualization principles are applied to physical network infrastructure, abstracting network services to create a flexible pool of transport capacity that can be allocated, utilized and repurposed on demand.

With a scale—out and resilient operations platform, administrators get control over performance, capacity and configuration management. Predictive analytics and smart alerts help identify and rectify potential issues before they impact service quality. Intuitive performance dashboards provide app—to—storage visibility across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Log management capabilities extend analytics to unstructured data, for better visibility and faster problem resolution. Over and under provisioned VMs are right—sized to balance service level requirements with resource utilization.

Powerful capacity modeling identifies “what if” scenarios to anticipate and optimize future infrastructure spend. CIOs and IT executives can demonstrate and compare the costs of complex initiatives and investments, including private and public clouds. Users can see the cost of service in the service catalog. Visibility and transparency of the types, cost and quality of IT services consumed by a business unit, enable show and charge back the quantity and types of IT services consumed. Industry benchmark data and reporting help compare IT expenses to peer companies and cloud service providers, for informed sourcing decisions that drive down costs.

In a close analogy to the virtual machine, a virtualized network is a software container that presents logical network components—logical switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, VPNs and more—to connected workloads. These virtualized networks are programmatically created, provisioned and managed, with the underlying physical network serving as a simple packet—forwarding back plane. Network and security services are allocated to each VM according to its needs, and stay attached to it as the VM moves among hosts in the dynamic virtualized environment.

VMware’s network virtualization platform, VMware NSX, deploys on top of existing physical network hardware and supports the newest fabrics and geometries from all vendors. Existing applications and monitoring tools work smoothly with NSX without any modifications.

VMware NSX Software Defined Networking lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to workloads using a policy driven approach. This automates networking operations and eliminates bottlenecks associated with hardware based networks. The provisioning and configuration management of IT applications and services is often a manual, slow, error prone and inconsistent exercise. It can result in critical security and operational bottlenecks for the business and puts an organization at a competitive disadvantage. These challenges extend to networking and security, the last major pillar of the data center that has been lacking automation capabilities that truly remedy the shortcomings of legacy approaches. VMware NSX is the network virtualization platform that enables the automation of networking and security services.

Applications and data can reside and be accessible anywhere. With VMware NSX Software Defined Networking you can reduce the time to provision entire networks in software from weeks to seconds. It abstracts virtual networks from the underlying physical network, providing the flexibility to run on top of any network hardware. With improved operational efficiency through automation, network operators can achieve faster deployment and greater agility. Enables network micro segmentation.

VMware’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) strategy is to evolve storage architectures through the pervasive hypervisor, bringing to storage the simplicity, efficiency, and cost-savings that server virtualization brought to compute. Software-Defined Storage abstracts the underlying storage through a virtual data plane, making the VM, and thus the application, the fundamental unit of storage provisioning and management across heterogeneous storage systems. By creating a flexible separation between applications and available resources, the hypervisor can balance all IT resources—compute, memory, storage and networking—needed by an application.

VMware’s Software—Defined Storage solutions enhance today’s data center by delivering per—application storage services: SDS applies at the VM level, allowing storage services to be tailored to the precise requirements of an application and adjusted as needed on a per—application basis, without affecting neighboring applications. Administrators are in complete control of which storage services, and therefore costs, are consumed by which application. SDS uses a dynamic and non-disruptive model, just as in compute virtualization. IT admins can precisely match application demand and supply at the exact time the resources are needed. Storage services become fluid—a little more for this application now, a little less for that one later.