VMware NSX vSphere - vCloud Suite Add-on - license - 1 processor

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VMware NSX is the network virtualization and security platform for the software-defined data center. NSX brings virtualization to your existing network and transforms network operations and economics. Programmatically create, provision, snapshot, delete and restore complex networks all in software. VMware NSX breaks through current physical network barriers, enabling data center operators to achieve order of magnitude better speed, economics and choice.

VMware NSX vSphere - vCloud Suite Add-on - license - 1 processor is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It is scalable by design, but it is too complex and very expensive What is our primary use case?We use it as a distributed firewall and for security purposes.How has it helped my organization?It has reduced the number of people on the network team along with the system engineer involved in the security process. So, it is valuable.We can't go without NSX, so it's invaluable from this perspective.What is most valuable?Its flexibility and integration with other VMware solutions are NSX's most valuable features.The microsegmentation feature is very useful.What needs improvement?We would to have a reverse proxy. This would add great value to the solution.We would also like better integration with the standards on the market. For example, with OSPF, their integration in NSX is very low. It's not a full OSPF integration. It is too thin from a protocol perspective.The product need to be improved. It is too complex.What do I think about the stability of the solution?The stability used to be perfect. Now, it is okay.From a distributed firewall perspective, it's a solid solution.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It is scalable by design, so it's perfect.How are customer service and technical support?The technical support is good. We have encountered several problems with NSX, and every time, support has found the solution to resolve the issue.If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?In our company, we were starting a hosting solution, so it was by design. We have worked with VMware products for a long time, so it was natural to buy NSX.How was the initial setup?It was a complex setup.What about the implementation team?We implemented it ourselves.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?The solution is expensive.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We did not consider anyone else.If someone is looking for security in a vSphere environment, I don't know of another solution in the market besides NSX.What other advice do I have?We had to buy new hardware in order to introduce NSX into our data center.We don't use load balancing with this solution.We don't use vCloud Director ( /products/vcloud-director-reviews ).Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Allows us to create very specific segments for each part of the company and the microsegmentation feature is easy to use What is our primary use case?We use this solution for extended on-premise capabilities. We've been using it for five years.How has it helped my organization?I use the cloud now but in the past, we were able to create very specific segments for each part of the company.What is most valuable?We like that we can split networks. Layers 4 and 7 are nice. We like that load balancing is easy for the person running it and certain features like the web bouncers F5.We like that the microsegmentation feature is easy to use. It is easy to segment the network.What needs improvement?At the moment it hasn't helped us prolong our hardware refresh.For how long have I used the solution?Three to five years.What do I think about the stability of the solution?You can easily integrate this with other VMware products. It is a robust solution.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?The scalability is good.How is customer service and technical support?I never had to use their technical support.Which solutions did we use previously?We were trying to save money and trying to use a more flexible solution so we decided to go with NSX as opposed to another hardware or solution.How was the initial setup?I found that it was easy to install. In fact, I installed it myself.What was our ROI?We saw ROI within the first year and a half.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?It has helped us save CapEx but I'm not sure exactly how much.What other advice do I have?I rated this solution a nine because it's easy to use. It has a lot of capabilities, like microsegmentation, which is very good.If you're worried that NSX is too complex, I would tell you to take another look. If you compare NSX to a similar solution you might find it to be a bit more complex. Usually, the guy that comes in to implement NSX isn't the network guy and will lack the knowledge for the program. He can lack the knowledge for this program and will therefore think it's complex. You need somebody with network experience.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2019-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We have saved man-hours and decreased our security exposure What is our primary use case?The primary use case is the microsegmentation of all our infrastructure, which is a huge bonus. It's performed well.How has it helped my organization?The microsegmentation allows me to sleep at night. My job is reducing risk, plugging security holes, and working with the automated layer security. Even if somebody spins up a new server, it has to have a tag in NSX. Therefore, all the security rules are already applied across the infrastructure or automatically applied to new machines. It doesn't generate any new security holes if people have new products. It gives peace of mind that project managers are not screwing up my entire security posture.What is most valuable?Automation, because we're constantly onboarding massive customers. We have our own management system, which integrates nicely with NSX. Therefore, we've built an automation layer so we can deploy and completely secure new customers in a hosted environment within a couple of minutes.Microsegmentation is incredible. It's the only way to go for managing networks long-term.The security benefit has been huge.What needs improvement?I would like to have automating reporting built into common service management platforms, such as JIRA, Serviceaide, and ServiceNow.What do I think about the stability of the solution?The stability has been great. I have had no problems with it. It is a robust solution.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?We manage a huge infrastructure, and it has not been a problem for us. It has caused no issues.We generally load balance with separate hardware. With the normal traffic that we see between virtual machines, they never leave the host. So, there are no real issues there. We will use separate, dedicated hardware, because we are at such a scale that our customers prefer to have separate load balances in the hardware.Which solutions did we use previously?We jumped onboard with NSX right when it started. VMware worked with us when we had issues or made suggestions to the point that we were invited as a partner to 2016 VM World, because we contributed so heavily into NSX. It has been nice to see the things our potential pain points that we were having with NSX at the time be implemented into the product. Now, it's just seamless, which is great.What about the implementation team?We just bought it off the shelf and implement it ourselves.What was our ROI?We have saved man-hours and decreased our security exposure.We haven't had to hire a dedicated network engineer because NSX handles 90 percent of it. The reduced overhead in terms of managing networks has been the biggest plus.We haven't had to buy additional switching capacity.What other advice do I have?Get it in your environment as soon as possible.Network segmentation is hard. A lot of businesses still use the traditional three-tier system, because it has been proven, but it isn't particularly robust or secure. Realistically, it's a natural step in terms of network management to move to micro-segmentation. It just makes sense.If someone is worried that the solution is too complex, they should hire people with experience.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Complex but their technical support offers hands on guidance What is our primary use case?Our primary use case is to get a complete software-defined data center environment which includes network virtualization within the component. That's what NSX is all about. As a partner, we see the grip, but it's not channel-friendly because it's very complex. VMware wants to be very involved because they don't want the partner to mislead an end user with that state of the art technology. It's understandable because it's very complex.How has it helped my organization?It has helped us save CapEX but I don't know the exact numbers.What is most valuable?We like that you can think ahead of having all of your networks being software-led. That's the beauty, and everybody wants to do that rather than connecting cables or whatsoever into switches and routers. It's all about the fantastic design they made.Microsegmentation is all about security. We need security by definition into the network. Otherwise, the whole network would be corrupt, and if the whole network is corrupt, all of the data would be corrupt.What needs improvement?I would like to see a coverage in which we can promote NSX to the SMB, midmarket customer.What do I think about the stability of the solution?Stability is up and running. Nobody has ever said anything bad about the stability. It's very powerful.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?It's scalable. It's supposed to be enterprise-driven.How is customer service and technical support?Their technical support is good. It's a complex solution and they're there to help with anything that comes up.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was straightforward.Which other solutions did I evaluate?We looked at Arista and VMware.What other advice do I have?I would rate this solution an eight because it's unique to the market. I wouldn't rate it a ten because it still has to be fully stable across the next ten years. It's a newer product, we need more time to see if it'll get to a ten.If you're looking into this solution I would tell you to make sure that you have all of the functionalities and the expertise to implement it. It is a complex solution but VMware offers support to help make it more clear.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy set up and enables us to build one fabric over an IP transport What is our primary use case?Our customers had multiple data centers in different locations. Now, with NSX we built one fabric over an IP transport, like WAN internet. When we created the switches, it spread out over the data centers which are the configuration and the management of the underlying network for the VM workloads.How has it helped my organization?The reusability of the objects for the switches has improved our client's organization. For example, if I do some sort of vMotion, there is no need to recreate the portal groups on the other sides. We have one centralized NSX Manager which is managing those controllers on those sites.What is most valuable?The most valuable features would be the easy management and the possibility of using our existing vSphere environment so that we don't need to purchase a new hardware.Layers 4 and 7 load balancing are good. We like that it's integrated with the vSphere. This means that we can see its full capabilities because of the full visibility of the kernel on the NSX management.Microsementation is really powerful. With the existing networks of the legacy networks, we need to build a firewall between the segments in order to do microsegmentation but now having, for example, one VLAN connected to multiple VLANs, I can do micro-segmentation between the workloads even with the ushering the same segments.What needs improvement?I would like them to make integration with other vendors easier.What do I think about the stability of the solution?It's pretty stable. Just deploy it and just forget about it. It's also robust, flexible, and scalable.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?Scalability is really easy. We can scale within an hour. We can scale either new controllers or add new hosts to the fabric.How is customer service and technical support?We haven't had to use their technical support yet, which is a good thing.Which solutions did we use previously?I'm involved in the decision making. My boss would say that it's time to advance the customer so we'll look into a solution.We were already a VMware-based customer so our first option for an SDN solution was to go with NSX.How was the initial setup?The initial setup was straightforward. It follows a certain structure and you won't miss a step. It's all on the same level, step by step.What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?It has saved us CapEx. They should adjust the license for NSX so that we can invest in the infrastructure or purchasing of new hardware. This solution is reasonably priced compared to other vendors.Which other solutions did I evaluate?Our customers usually compare NSX to Cisco ACI. The main issue is the underlying network that VMware does not provide visibility to. They chose NSX because they were already VMware customers and they already had vSphere. The second reason they chose NSX is because of the powerful features like microsegmentation, as opposed to relying on other vendors to manage the microsegmentation feature.What other advice do I have?I would rate this solution an eight because of its ease of deployment. I'm a partner so this is what I mostly care about. Also because of the ease of scalability.If you're looking into NSX or similar solutions I would recommend you to first learn about vSphere and other VMware products because it's essential in order to implement NSX. Without that knowledge, it would be hard for you to understand.And to those who think NSX is complex I would say it's not. You need to try it and see.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2018-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from VPN, PCM, and L7 balancing are key for our customers What is our primary use case?Our customers need load balance and firewalls with advanced NSX. They are really happy to use NSX.How has it helped my organization?It's free for our customers. It benefits them in that way and it benefits us because it makes our customers happy.What is most valuable?The most valuable features would be VPN and PCM.I use L7 balancing. I can use it for two tethers and I can see the source IP. I can split for monitoring for me and my analyst.What needs improvement?I would like to see extended performance charts in other versions of NSX. For example, CPU usage, memory usage, and bandwidth usage on NSX.I would rate this product an eight because it's a good product but it needs more work. They should fix some of the bugs.What do I think about the stability of the solution?NSX is very stable. I don't remember when I have ever had any trouble with NSX. It's been a great process.What do I think about the scalability of the solution?The scalability is not perfect.How is customer service and technical support?We use technical support but not for NSX. We don't have any trouble from NSX and we, therefore, don't need technical support.How was the initial setup?I found the initial setup to be complex.What other advice do I have?NSX can reduce costs and has good service. It is easy for you and your users to use.We have integrated this solution with vCloud Director. Without NSX you can't deploy the cloud.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The distributed nature of it is really what our customers are interested in Valuable FeaturesI sell to a lot of customers in the DoD. NSX has really become part of their ecosystem, especially for the tactical customers in the DoD. It's very important for them to have small footprints and have as much services in their servers, as possible. NSX has fit this role really well for them.Room for Improvement* Going through and getting more features sets from the routing protocols is definitely necessary for the future.* Being able to properly manipulate BGP* Getting multiprotocol BGP into the stack* A little bit better redistributionAs a CCIE, I like to have all my tool sets, and there are some things which NSX is missing right now.It's missing some more advanced features. As an engineer, we need those tools. We need to be able to manipulate routes. We need to be able to set traffic the way that we need it to be. Especially as we interact with other vendors, sometimes it makes it difficult to have to do some workarounds. Once VMware flushes out the RFC for things like BGP and OSPF, it will be better.Stability IssuesWe've tested it in our labs, and our customers are running it now. It is definitely stable, and it does what it's supposed to with no unnecessary crashes.Scalability IssuesIt's one of the major benefits of it. The distributed nature of NSX is really what the customers are interested in: spread into workloads across a lot of servers and not working out one host too hard.Customer Service and Technical SupportAll my customers seem to be very happy with the technical support. Anytime they call up, everything is very responsive and the engineers are intelligent. They know how to help them solve their problems.Initial SetupNSX is one of the simplest network solutions that I've ever worked with.I did a demo for our company's engineers about a year ago, and in 45 minutes, I stood up a cluster and had the VXLAN and some of the firewall policies, up and running in a 45-minute demo. It's really easy to use and everybody walked away from it knowing how to use NSX just from a 45-minute presentation.Other AdviceIt's very important for us to have good relationships with VMware from a reseller standpoint, and especially in the DoD, we have great reps. VMware is probably a 90% of the DoD networks. It's definitely not just reputation-wise, but they've been there for seven to eight years now and everybody knows that VMware is the enterprise solution for virtualization in the DoD.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Reseller.
Date published: 2017-11-27
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
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