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A Customer Perspective: VMware NSX, Micro-Segmentation & Next-Generation Security

VMware NSX and Palo Alto Networks are transforming the data center by combining the Columbia-S12_WTR_MGHI_564fast provisioning of network and security services with next-generation security protection for East-West traffic. At VMworld, John Spiegel, Global IS Communications Manager for Columbia Sportswear will take the stage to discuss their architecture, their micro-segmentation use case and their experience. This is session SEC1977 taking place on Tuesday, Aug 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Micro-segmentation is quickly emerging as one of the primary drivers for the adoption of NSX. Below, John shares Columbia’s security journey ahead of VMworld

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When I started at Columbia, we were about a $500 million company. Now we’re closing in on $2 billion and hoping to get to $3 billion rather quickly. So as you can imagine, our IT infrastructure has to scale with the business. In 2009, we embarked on a huge project to add a redundant data center for disaster recovery. As part of the project, we partnered with VMware and quickly created a nearly 100% virtualized datacenter.  It was a huge success. But something was missing; a security solution that matched our virtualized data center. There just wasn’t a great way to insert security in order to address east-west traffic between VMs, nor have the security tied to the applications as they moved around dynamically.

 We set out looking for a solution to bridge that gap.

To address our security needs in the data center, we looked at several different strategies and at that time, there really weren’t any good solutions. Many of the solutions were physical in nature. They required us to do some crazy configurations to apply security. We looked at the Cisco 6500 firewall blades, Juniper’s virtual solution and a few other lightweight security offerings, but they just didn’t have what we needed. The solutions at the time didn’t have what we needed. We kept looking.

At VMworld last year, we were introduced to VMware NSX. I saw the power of the platform, and it all started to click. And when Palo Alto Networks (our perimeter firewall vendor) announced they were a major partner, and that their technology integrated with NSX to give us an additional level of security, things really came together for us. The ability to drive security down into the infrastructure, down to the kernel level, and then take advantage of Palo Alto Networks next generation security was very attractive. Doing micro-segmentation with NSX, and then having the option of inserting next generation firewalling services from Palo Alto Networks in those areas of the business that require them, will really help us improve our overall security posture. A solution like this is where we need to be. These tools give us the ability to manage both physical and virtual security policies centrally with Palo Alto Networks management tool Panorama. I know that when workloads move the security and policies follow the workloads.

To me, that’s what it is about – advanced security inside the data center, plus automation via software that’s completely independent of the underlying physical infrastructure. With solutions such as NSX and the integration with Palo Alto Networks to provide advanced security services, we are going put security back in the data center, the right way.=

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John Spiegel
Columbia Sportswear

 

VMware NSX Runs Great on VCE Vblock Systems

Vblock SystemsLast week at EMC World in Las Vegas, one of the industry’s best offerings in converged infrastructure was on display. The adoption of converged infrastructure is becoming increasingly common in many organizations. In fact, research estimates that the total addressable market for converged infrastructure will reach $402B by 2017. Companies are taking advantage of converged infrastructure to accelerate cloud and software-defined data center deployments. Converged infrastructure is used by IT organizations to reduce provisioning times, centralize the management of IT resources, and increase resource utilization rates – resulting in lower costs. These objectives are enabled by the creation of pools of compute, storage and networking resources that can be shared by multiple applications and managed in a collective manner using policy driven processes. Continue reading

VMware @ OpenStack Summit Hong Kong

Next week in Hong Kong, the VMware team will have a major presence at the OpenStack Summit, and we have an ever-growing presence on the agenda of speaking sessions and demos. As we did with the Portland show, he is a show planner with a schedule of all the VMware sessions. Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect (and experience) at the show. Continue reading

Introducing VMware NSX – The Platform For Network Virtualization

Executive Overview: Today’s data center is largely virtualized from a compute perspective, and has unleashed unprecedented benefits of agility, efficiency and capex/opex savings. What is less known is that virtual network access ports have exceeded physical network access ports in number, and this trend is accelerating. In fact, today, 40% of vAdmins manage virtual networks. Beyond virtual switching, the time is ripe to virtualize the rest of the networking stack, and accelerate our customer’s journey to the software-defined data center.

The VMware NSX platform delivers the entire networking and security model in software, decoupled from traditional networking hardware, representing a transformative leap forward in data center networking architecture.

7 Ways Network Virtualization Simplifies Your Life

This past week was National Simplify Your Life Week. It was a time of year to organize your garage — or your sock drawer. It’s the week for eliminating all those unnecessary items in your life. In other words: it’s time to de-clutter so you can de-stress!

Perhaps nowhere is the need for simplicity more important than in the life of today’s IT professionals. From managing networks to building and deploying applications, the day-to-day rigor of IT is anything but simple. Add to that the emergency calls and fires you have to put out, and you’ve got one full plate. The good news is that when you begin to use network virtualization, you can make that plate seem a bit less full — and your life a little less overwhelming.

So with that in mind, we’re bringing you seven ways network virtualization eliminates complexity and helps simplify your life. Continue reading

What Is Network Virtualization?

This post originally appeared on bradhedlund.comBrad is an experienced networking professional in VMware’s Networking and Security Business Unit, specializing in network virtualization and data center fabrics.

Data centers exist for the sole purpose to deploy applications. Applications that automate business processes, serve customers better, enter new markets … you get the idea. It’s all about the Apps.

Applications are composed with both Compute and Network resources. It doesn’t make sense to have one without the other; a symbiotic relationship. And for the last decade, one half of that relationship (Compute) has been light years ahead of the other (Network). Compute and Network is a symbiotic relationship lacking any symmetry.

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