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VMworld 2015 Networking and Security Sessions – Part II

Earlier this week we outlined #VMworld sessions on networking and security that are appropriate for attendees who are just starting down the path to virtualizing their networks with NSX. You can read that blog here in Part I.

The beauty of having a solution that has been shipping for nearly two years to more than 700 customers is that we have tons of advanced topics that we can now cover as part of the show program. So take a look at the list of sessions below, and then check out the schedule builder on VMworld.com to organize your week. We’re looking forward to seeing you at VMworld US 2015.


Sunday, August 30


Session ID Session Title

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM


Implementation of NSX: Decisions and Outcomes

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Extending the Power of Software Defined Networking to the Retail Branch

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


Creating the SDDC for Healthcare

 Monday, August 31


Session ID Session Title

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

General Session


10:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Hands on Labs:

VMware NSX and the vRealize Suite

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


The Case for Network Virtualization:

Customer Case Study

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


What’s New in Operations Management for Networking with NSX and others

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


The Future of Network Virtualization with

VMware NSX

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


The Practical Path to NSX

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


vSphere Distributed Switch Best Practices for NSX

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM


How to Deploy VMware NSX with

Cisco Nexus and UCS

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM


VMware NSX – Deep Dive

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


NSX – AirWatch: Micro-segmentation for

Enterprise and Mobile Apps

Tuesday, September 1


Session ID Session Title

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

General Session


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Troubleshooting Methodology for VMware NSX

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Spotlight Session: The Next Horizon for Cloud Networking and Security

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Spotlight Session: The Software Defined Data Center: Security for the new battlefield

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


NSX & Physical Network Integration

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM


VMware on VMware – How VMware IT Uses

NSX for Micro-Segmentation, &

Large Scale Private Cloud

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM


NSX Performance

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Operational Best Practices for VMware NSX

Wednesday, September 2


Session ID Session Title

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM


Micro-Segmented Applications and Services: Enabling The Future of Security

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Multi-vCenter Solutions with VMware NSX

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Expert led Lab: VMware NSX Advanced

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Solutions Exchange

Partners to visit: Arista, Check Point, Dell, F5, Intel Security, Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Integrating Physical Workloads and Infrastructure with a NSX Virtual Network

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Reference Design for SDDC with NSX & vSphere – Part 1

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


NSX Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Reference Design for SDDC with NSX & vSphere – Part 2

*note – NET5770 is a pre-requisite for this session

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Bridging Virtual and Physical in NSX with OVSB Standard Based Hardware VTEP Integration

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM


Technical Deep Dive into Desktop-As-A-Service (DAAS) Deployments with NSX

 Thursday, September 3


Session ID Session Title

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

General Session

Closing Keynote

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM


NSX for vSphere Logical Routing Deep Dive

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM


NSX Distributed Firewall Deep Dive

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


NSX for vSphere Logical Load Balancing Deep Dive

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


Turning Disaster Recovery into a Reality with NSX


3 Months on the Road: What I heard from VMware NSX Customers

After three consecutive months attending 75 customer meetings throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, I came away Around-The-Worldwith plenty of frequent flyer miles and, more importantly, tons of insight to share with you.

What I learned from customers is that VMware NSX is truly a game-changer. And as we exit the second quarter, the list of customers excited about NSX is only getting bigger. We recently announced that we have grown from more than 150 VMware NSX customers a year ago, to more than 700 customers today. These customers are setting the stage for others to follow. They are providing best practices that we are feeding back to others, and giving us valuable insight into challenges they encounter along the way.

So as I promised, I’ve pulled together highlights from these meetings and condensed them into three key themes that emerged.  For you IT pros out there reading this, let me know if any of this sounds familiar. Continue reading

VMware and Docker Deliver Greater Speeds through the Right Controls

This post was co-authored by Guido Appenzeller, CTSO of Networking and Security (@appenz), and Scott Lowe, Engineering DockerArchitect, Networking and Security Business Unit (@scott_lowe)

In today’s business environment, companies are being asked to go faster than ever before: faster time to market, faster response to customers, faster reactions to market shifts. Having a good idea isn’t enough; companies not only need to have a good idea, but they need get it to market fast, and quickly iterate on improvements to that idea. Speed is a competitive advantage.

The phenomenal success of the open source Docker project is a reflection of the pressure on companies to go faster. Companies across all industries have recognized that successful development teams can be a competitive differentiator. However, developers needed a way to simplify and accelerate the development and deployment of applications and code, and found Docker was one way to help accomplish that. Docker has won a place in the hearts and minds of many developers for its ability to help simplify the development and deployment of many different types of applications. Continue reading

VCDX-NV Interview: Nemtallah Daher Discusses VMware NSX Certification

Nemtallah Daher is Senior Network Delivery Consultant at the consulting firm AdvizeX Technology. Recently he took some time out of his day to talk with us about why, as a networking guy, he thinks learning about network virtualization is critical to further one’s career. 


I’ve been at AdvizeX for about a year now. I do Cisco, HP, data center stuff, and all sorts of general networking things: routing, switching, data center, UCS. That kind of stuff. Before coming to AdvizeX, I was a senior network specialist at Cleveland State University for about 20 years.

I started at Cleveland State in 1988 as a systems programmer, working on IBM mainframe doing CICS, COBOL and assembler. About 2 years after I started at Cleveland State, networking was becoming prevalent, and the project I was working on was coming to an end, so they asked me if I would help start a networking group. So from a small lab here, a building here, a floor there, I built the network at Cleveland State. We applied for a grant to get some hardware, applied for an IP address, domain name, all these things. There was nothing at the time, so we did everything. We incorporated wireless about 10 years in. Over time it became a ubiquitous, campus-wide network. So that’s my brief history. Continue reading

On a Journey with VMware NSX Customers

Playing a part in the transformation of the networking industry has been one of the most rewarding opportunities of Unstoppable Momentummy career. On top of that I get the privilege of leading a team that continues to amaze me in their ability to execute. You’ve heard us talk about the more than 400 VMware NSX customers we have to date, 70+ of which are in production. You can safely assume that number is even higher today. Even more impressive is the fact that customers are making significant financial commitments to the architectural changes they are embarking on. In fact, as of last quarter we counted more than 50 organizations that have invested more than $1 million in NSX.

Now, it’s never easy for IT organizations to talk publicly about technologies they’ve purchased or deployed. This is all the more reason why I’m very grateful that VMware NSX customers have made time to speak publicly about the value they are deriving from VMware NSX to the financial community, at events such as RSA Conference, Palo Alto Networks Ignite and OpenStack Summit, and of course, to the press. No other vendor can claim more customers that are publicly discussing their investment, adoption or deployment of their SDN solution than VMware. Continue reading

Using VMware NSX, Log Insight, and vRealize Orchestator to Improve Security

This post was written by Hadar Freehling, Security & Compliance Systems Engineer Specialist at VMware. The post originally appeared here on the dfudsecurity blog


There is a lot of power in having security controls in software.  This is what I tell my customer, not just because I work for VMware. Why is that? The reason I find it so powerful is that I can now automate a lot of the security actions that use to be very manual. No more opening tickets to get a SPAN setup on the switch. No more waiting for a firewall change window to lock down a port. Not only that, I have visibility into the VM, like what apps are running and who started them, and what’s on the wire. I can protect different assets with different policies, and these polices can be dynamic.

With the help of my good friend John Dias (vRealize Orchestrator master), we created the follow video to show some of the potential of having everything in software.

Here is the scenario of the workflow.  You are a security person and want to stop all server admins and users from launching a putty session once they have RDPed into a server since they should only be doing this from approved jump boxes or desktops. Basically, I want to stop all intra-data center putty ssh sessions. I am actually looking for putty, the application, not just ssh. This could be any application or port, but I wanted to target a specific application for this demo. Continue reading

VCDX-NV Interview: Jason Nash On The Network Virtualization Career Path

Jason_NashJason Nash is CTO of Varrow, a VMware Partner based out of the Carolinas. Previous to Varrow he was an enterprise architect for Wachovia’s investment bank. Jason has been in enterprise IT almost 20 years and originally started as a network admin working with Cisco gear. He maintains his Cisco CCNA and CCNP certifications. He is one of only a handful of double VCDX professionals, having completed his VCDX-NV last year.

When did you first start looking at network virtualization?

I started looking at network virtualization three to four years ago. I think before that, when it was just purely Nicira and some of those types of companies and projects, network virtualization was really the domain of the PayPals, the eBays, the Googles. Those types of companies. When VMware acquired Nicira, when Cisco did their Insieme spin-in, we started to see that commercial and traditional enterprise customers were going to have some very good options around network virtualization. We started to weigh our options and we really started to get serious about it over the last 18 months. Network virtualization ramps up right alongside our automation or orchestration practices and projects. So we believe that to do those properly, you need network virtualization. You need to be able to automate the network pieces and we couldn’t do that using the traditional means and the manual processes that it took. So we would’ve liked to have had these options a couple of years ago, but we feel that products in the true enterprise commercial space weren’t viable until really over the last year.

What excites you about network virtualization?

Until recently, networking in a virtual world has really been about, “How do we create a bridge and just get virtual machines and or hypervisor hosts onto a network? How do we do that as best we can?” There wasn’t any intelligence there. There wasn’t any true integration. It was just simply, “How do we get these two things to talk?” Network virtualization solves this. Then I am excited to be able to do things in a more automated fashion, to commoditize a lot of the underlying hardware across any layer of the SDDC, to give more intelligence to applications owners, to the data center architects, and to be able to give them the tools to go above and beyond what they’ve previously been able to do.

I’m a big proponent of the discussion point around the fact that we can spin up virtual machines in a matter of minutes, but it still takes weeks or a month or more to do things on the network side and security side: firewall rules, load balancer, malware protection, all that stuff. Now we can slipstream this in and cut that down to two minutes as well. So we’re getting this true integrated networking all the way through, up into the application, along with the ability to do things in a much more scalable fashion. So instead of putting firewalls in a rack in one part of the data center, we’re now able to deliver network services very, very close to the applications themselves. It reduces complexity, it reduces traffic going back and forth across the data center, and it allows us to get more elegant in how we do our designs, so we’re not having to shoehorn and do these weird type of traffic flows or configurations just to make sure that we’re doing security like we want to do. Security is the number one driver for network virtualization for us right now. It’s definitely the driver for NSX. Almost all of my customer briefings around NSX are driven for requirements for security. Continue reading

Deploying VMware NSX on Cisco Nexus 9000 & Cisco UCS Infrastructure

As VMware NSX gains broader adoption, we have heard many customer requests for guidance to help them run NSX on top of the latest Cisco infrastructure, namely Cisco UCS and Nexus 9000 series switches.

With customers choosing the benefits of VMware NSX along with the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), the underlying hardware (Ethernet fabric, x86 compute, etc) provides reliable, resilient capacity, but the configuration, state and advanced features move to faster, more flexible software. The requests were for deploying NSX with Cisco infrastructure running in a standard IP-based fabric with the Nexus 9000’s in standalone mode (NX-OS Mode), as opposed to the proprietary ACI Mode. As with any IP fabric, VMware NSX works great with Nexus 9000 as the underlay. The combination of VMware NSX and Nexus 9000 in standalone mode enables the benefits customers have chosen to embrace with the SDDC.

We had previously put out a design guide on deploying VMware NSX with Cisco UCS and Nexus 7000 to help deploy NSX in current environments. Today we are putting out a new reference design for deploying VMware NSX with Cisco UCS and Nexus 9000 infrastructure, providing an easy path to the SDDC while incorporating the latest Cisco hardware. Continue reading

VCDX-NV Interview: Ron Flax On The Importance Of Network Virtualization

Ron Flax is the Vice President of August Schell, a reseller of VMware products and IT services company that specializes in delivering services to commercial accounts and the federal government, particularly intelligence and U.S. Department of Defense. RonFlaxRon is a VCDX-NV certified network virtualization professional and a VMware vExpert. We spoke with Ron about network virtualization and the NSX career path.


The most exciting thing about network virtualization, I think, is the transformative nature of this technology. Networks have been built the same way for the last 20 to 25 years. Nothing has really changed. A lot of new features have been built, a lot of different technologies have come around networks, but the fundamental nature of how networks are built has not changed. But VMware NSX, because it’s a software-based product, has completely altered everything. It enables a much more agile approach to networks: the ability to automate the stand-up and tear-down of networks; the ability to produce firewalling literally at the virtual network interface. And because things are done at software speed, you can now make changes to the features and functions of networking products at software speed. You no longer have to deal with silicon speed. It’s very, very exciting. With a software-based approach, you can just do so much more in such a small amount of time.

What we’re hearing from customers, at this point, is that they’re very interested to learn more. They’re at a phase where they’re ready to get their hands dirty, and they really want to understand it better. What’s driving a lot of adoption today is security, it is our foot in the door. When you speak with customers about the security aspects, the micro-segmentation capabilities, you may not even have to get to a virtual network discussion. Once you get the security aspect deployed, customers will see it in action and then a few weeks later will say, ‘Hey, you know, can you show me how the new router works?’ or ‘Can you show me how other features of NSX work?’ That’s when you can start to broaden your approach. So these compelling security stories like micro-segmentation or distributed firewalling get you in and get the deployment started, but ultimately it’s the flexibility of being able to deliver networks at speed, in an agile way, through software, through automation, that’s the home run. Continue reading

VCDX-NV Interview: Chris Miller Talks VMware NSX Certification

Chris Miller is the principal architect for AdvizeX in Columbus OH. He runs the NSX program from a technical and marketing perspective, including Chris Miller-AdvizeXenterprise pre-sales support and go-to-market strategies.


I started my career as a traditional Cisco networking guy. I spent 10 to 15 years as a network architect. But I’d been tracking what was going on in the community, with Open Flow and some of the other technologies. When I saw what VMware was doing, it got me pretty excited. I thought, ’It’s pretty revolutionary what’s going on here.’ I immediately jumped on the opportunity to take part in NSX.

In terms of enterprise customers, we weren’t initially seeing a lot of adoption in the market. Then VMware announced the Nicira acquisition, and Cisco announced what they were going to do with ACI, and heads started turning. I realized, you know, here are two of our largest partners putting their investment dollars behind this technology. And then, when I saw what NSX could do, and the benefits it could bring, it was very clear to me that this was the next wave. Continue reading