Applications today are more distributed than ever before, driven by use case, licensing and most importantly, cost considerations. They could be on-premises, in a remote office location, or on one or more public clouds. They could be virtualized or running on bare-metal servers. They could be running in VMs or containers. This massive shift in application architecture has led IT teams grappling with ensuring connectivity and security to face two key challenges. First, managing networking and security is no longer sufficiently done at the infrastructure level. It needs to be done at the application level so that when applications move, the security and network policies move with it and that issues can be resolved within acceptable SLAs. Second, application networking and security need to be managed wherever the applications reside in the heterogeneous infrastructure. Helping our customers overcome these two key challenges forms the core of our vision for VMware vRealize Network Insight.
If you have been following VMware vRealize Network Insight, you have seen the product deliver on this vision, starting with the VMware NSX virtual overlay, adding a plethora of networking and security underlay technologies and extending it out to public clouds, including VMware Cloud on AWS.
VMware vRealize Network Insight 4.1 makes another leap toward this vision by delivering application-centric networking and security analytics for VMware Enterprise PKS and Kubernetes. It also makes it easier than ever to plan and troubleshoot networking and security in an application-centric manner by providing application dashboards and integration with ServiceNow.
Application Centric Security Planning and Troubleshooting
The first hurdle that customers looking to plan security and troubleshoot connectivity for applications face is identifying application boundaries. Furthermore, each tool they use for troubleshooting applications requires them to define application boundaries for its own purpose. vRealize Network Insight 4.1 helps customers overcome this hurdle by pulling in application definitions from ServiceNow, or by enabling customers to use regular expressions based on naming conventions in their environment. It also provides application dashboards that IT teams – network, security and cloud, can use to quickly plan application migration or security, and identify and troubleshoot application connectivity issues.
Security and Visibility for VMware Enterprise PKS and Kubernetes
vRealize Network Insight 4.1 also adds visibility into VMware Enterprise PKS and Kubernetes environments. Whether your applications reside on VMs or VMware Enterprise PKS/Kubernetes managed containers (or both!), vRealize Network Insight 4.1 provides a consistent platform for managing security and networking for your applications that are the lifeblood of your business.
Comprehensive Data Center Overlay and Underlay Visibility
vRealize Network Insight helps VMware NSX Data center users manage and scale their NSX Data Center deployments through powerful topology visualizations and integrated overlay/underlay troubleshooting. Until now, customers have been able to track changes to their networking and security elements, including NSX Data Center components, over time by using the popular timeline feature. vRealize Network Insight 4.1 allows them to track who (which user) made those changes in addition to what changes were made. This can help drastically reduce the number of touch points for issue resolution in large IT teams. vRealize Network Insight also provides visibility through the virtual overlay and physical underlay – across switches, routers, firewalls and load balancers from leading vendors and vRealize Network Insight 4.1 adds support for visibility across F5 load balancers in the underlay path.
These key capabilities enabled by VMware Network Insight can help you accelerate your time to value for planning application security and migration as well as optimizing and troubleshooting application connectivity across your multi and hybrid cloud environment.
Stay tuned for the technical deep dive blog on vRealize Network insight 4.1!
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