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VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform with use cases encompassing security, automation and application continuity. This allows the solution to address the needs of the business today as well as in the future, as new projects and use cases are explored. The VMware Networking and Security Business Unit (NSBU) by extension through VMware Solution Providers, assists customers as they begin their network virtualization journey through our Last Mile Mentoring Program.

Setting You Up for Success

The Last Mile Mentoring program is unique in the industry because it pairs VMware and solution provider teams together on customer deployment projects. Throughout a customer deployment, NSBU Solutions Architects shadow solution provider technical teams, providing advisory support through design reviews and implementation oversight throughout the engagement.

Customers can engage with their trusted solution providers on the implementation and deployment of NSX, with VMware providing dedicated resources and direct on-the-job guidance to ensure the success of the deployment at no additional cost.

Key Components of the Last Mile Mentoring Program:

  • Dedicated NSBU Solutions Architect support
  • NSX design & deployment oversight
  • Custom knowledge transfer sessions
  • Shadow opportunities – On-site and Remote

Success Story – The Louisiana Department of Health

Through the NSX Last Mile Program, the Louisiana Department of Health engaged with Venture Technologies (Venture) to design and deploy the State of Louisiana’s VMware compliance-based NSX micro-segmentation project. Venture worked alongside VMware NSBU Solutions Architects to implement and demonstrate how the software defined data center (SDDC) solution and features from VMware can assist the State of Louisiana with improving their overall compliance and security posture as well as reducing their business risk.

As a result, the department has set the example for modernization at other agencies as part of a statewide IT consolidation effort, saving tens of millions of dollars a year.

Read more on The Louisiana Department of Health’s NSX story: How one state’s modernization delivers service transformation (GCN article)

How to Participate

Customers interested in an NSX services engagement should contact their Solution Provider representative.

Since the Last Mile Mentoring Program was started in mid 2016, the VMware NSBU team has connected with dozens of solution providers across the globe to provide post-sales mentoring and assisting resulting many successful customer deployments.

Co-author Michael Connolly is a Program Manager in the Networking and Security Business Unit at VMware.  Michael manages the Last Mile Mentoring Program to increase partners comfort level with NSX and he works with NSBU Solution Architect team to develop innovative and target Day2 Operations methods.


View On-Demand Webcasts –

Getting More Out of NSX: Network Visibility and Troubleshooting

A three-part series on NSX operationalization, and how to monitor and troubleshoot your Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). You will learn:

  • Tools and methodologies to manage physical and virtual networks
  • How to identify and respond to issues quickly
  • Best practices for security and network operations used by organizations running NSX to support environments scaling to thousands of VMs

Register to view on-demand


Attend an in-person NSX event –

NSX SociaLabs

NSX SociaLabs is a bring-your-own-device, interactive hands-on lab event where our engineering experts guide you step-by-step through the technical features, functions and business use cases of VMware NSX. This is your opportunity to meet our technical experts, ask questions, collaborate with peers, and try out our solutions for yourself.

Register to Attend