Hola! VMworld 2018 Europe is around the corner and we look forward to connecting with our VMware NSX community in Barcelona.  Before we go into session recommendations, let us give you a recap on what we have been up to since VMworld US.

Since VMworld US in August 2018, we have announced general availability for NSX-T Data Center 2.3. NSX-T Data Center 2.3 extends NSX platform support to Bare Metal servers, enhances multi-cloud control in AWS & Azure, advances security with N/S service insertion, and has many more enhancements.

Our friends from vSphere have also released vSphere 6.7 Update 1 which gives NSX-T N-VDS visualization in the vCenter now.

For automation fans, we have a Concourse CI pipeline which automates the NSX-T install. This pipeline can be used to stand up entire NSX-T environments on vSphere clusters by filing a simple parameter file.

NSX-T Concourse Pipeline information

Now, let’s talk about our VMworld Europe line-up. As usual, we have great technical deep-dives, deployment stories, and hands-on labs for you. For the technical enthusiasts who are interested in deep-dives and deployment strategies, here are a set of “geek” sessions to choose from in various focus areas.

NSX-T Architecture/Design:

NSX-T Data Center Architecture and Benefits [NET1537BE]
Wed Nov 7th, 14:00-15:00
Speakers: Pooja Patel
VMware NSX-T is the network virtualization platform for the software-defined data center (SDDC). This session will detail the overlay model used in NSX-T Data Center and highlight the benefits resulting from decoupling networking from the physical infrastructure. NSX-T can deliver its networking features across an heterogenous range of products and environments: VMs, containers, bare-metal servers…all this, whether they are deployed on-prem or in the cloud. The presentation will also introduce the different components involved in NSX (management plane, control plane, data plane) as well as a summary of its services, including routing and switching.

N-VDS: The next generation switch architecture with VMware NSX Data Center [NET1742BE]
Thu Nov 8th, 10:30-11:30
Speakers: Francois Tallet
This session introduces N-VDS (NSX Virtual Distributed Switch) as fundamental to next generation NSX platform. N-VDS allows software defined networking to be independent of underlying hypervisor. While maintaining similar level of functionality and support that vSphere Distributed Switch(VDS) provides with ESXi based compute. After introducing NSX-T Data Center architecture, the session will go into details of N-VDS fundamentals, its functionality and various consideration of its life cycles. Additionally the session will covers best practices of vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS) and its co-existence with N-VDS.

Logical Routing Deep Dive on NSX-T Data Center [NET1127BE]
Wed Nov 7th, 11:00-12:00
Speakers: Pooja Patel, Amit Aneja
Take a deep dive into the VMware NSX-T Data Center multi-tier routing architecture. In this session, you will learn about distributed routing for E-W traffic and centralized routing for N-S traffic with packet walks, as well as how routing is completely distributed in a multi-tier topology. In addition, you will find out about the NSX-T Data Center Edge node architecture and get an overview of high-availability deployment options.

Deep Dive into Operationalizing NSX-T Data Center [NET1549BE]
Wed Nov 7th, 17:00-18:00
Speakers: Saurabh Shah, Angel Villar Garea
So you have deployed VMware NSX Data Center; now what? You may be asking yourself how to find out if things are working, if it has the networking tools you already know, or if there is any CLI you can use. In this session, you will see how NSX Data Center native tools address these concerns, and how they improve what is typically available for network admins, so that their daily tasks become easier. This session is focused on NSX Data Center deployments.

Next-Generation Reference Design with NSX-T Data Center: Part 1 [NET1561BE] and [NET1562BE]
Thu Nov 8th, 10:30-11:30
Speakers: Nimish Desai
This is a two-part very popular series on reference designs for NSX-T Data Center. Join to learn design best practices on deploying NSX-T including fabric topology, Edge Cluster design for deploying NSX for medium to large environments with VM as well as Container Technologies. Be prepared for a lot of learning and a lot of humor!

Service Providers:

Breaking the Virtual Speed Limit: Data Plane Performance Tuning [NFV2917BE]
Tue Nov 6th, 11:00-12:00
Speakers: Jambi Gambar
More and more applications in the virtual space require very fast packet processing capabilities. In this talk, we will demonstrate best-practice tuning capabilities to achieve very high data plane performance across VMware vSphere and VMware NSX environments. We will take from our extensive experience supporting data plane-intensive telco applications and demonstrate how, with better understanding of the tuning capabilities available in our products, performance can be significantly improved. The session will not only cover configuration, but will also demonstrate the effect of each configuration option on the data plane performance, while at the same time highlighting potential pitfalls to avoid. At the end of the session, you will be convinced that data plane performance in the virtual space is on par with bare metal.

NSX Network Virtualization for Service Providers [NET4545BE]
Wed Nov 7th, 12:30-13:30
Speakers: Bruce Davie; Yves Hertoghs
Network Virtualization has expanded to address networking and security for a variety of workloads (ESXi and KVM VMs, Containers, Bare-metal), and environments (private data center, public clouds, branch/edge, and service providers). This technical session explains how NSX Data Center addresses networking and security inside and across these environments, with a specific focus on current and upcoming use cases for service providers. These include SD-WAN/Branch, 5G network slicing, multitenant Telco Cloud, NFV, amongst others. Technologies include logical switching/routing, control plane, distributed security, network underlay and bare-metal integrations, service chaining, and interoperability with (SD-)WAN. Standardization (IETF, BroadbandForum) activities, as well as the relevant open source efforts relevant to NSX, will be addressed.

VMware NSX for Service Providers: A Technical View [HYP2406BE]
Wed Nov 7th, 15:30 – 16:30
Speakers: Ray Budavari; Tina Lam
Network and security virtualization with VMware NSX enables service providers to deliver secure, automated, multitenant, hybrid cloud solutions to their customers. This technical session will cover how VMware Service Provider Partners can leverage NSX to build and operate scalable, software-based services to provide more agility in how they deliver these services. You will learn about key use cases for service providers and the design considerations of deploying NSX to support these use cases. The session will also focus on product integrations relevant for service providers, such as VMware vCloud Director, NFV, and NSX Hybrid Connect. Demonstrations of the most common use cases will also be covered.

Security Practitioners:

Context-Aware Micro-Segmentation with NSX Data Center [SAI2077BE]
Tue Nov 6th, 15:30-16:30
Speakers: Stijn Vanveerdeghem
Micro-segmentation is one of the key reasons why customers adopt VMware NSX Data Center. Context-aware micro-segmentation takes this concept to the next level by enabling customers to gain visibility down the process, application, and the user, and enabling customers to implement a least-privilege approach to security. In this session, you will learn about what makes NSX Data Center context-aware, and the advanced security features beyond micro-segmentation that we provide natively through our integration with partners. You will also learn how our customers are deploying micro-segmentation quickly and easily by leveraging various tools such as Application Rule Manager and VMware vRealize Network Insight.

NSX Data Center Security Use Cases, Methodologies, and Tools [SAI1851BE]
Thu 8th Nov, 15:00-16:00
Speakers: Geoff Wilmington, Luca Morelli
NSX Data Center is the premier platform for data center security. Utilizing the concept of “micro-segmentation”, NSX Data Center provides several capabilities to solve the toughest customer security use cases. In this session ,we’ll focus on providing practical examples of deploying micro-segmentation and look at various use cases for securing data center, cloud, containers, DMZ, and finally an in-depth look at securing Virtual Desktop (VDI) environments. We’ll examine the tools and methodologies to make rapid deployment of security with NSX Data Center.

Deep Dive into NSX Data Center Security for Clouds, Containers, and More [SAI1527BE]
Thu 8th Nov, 15:00-16:00
Speakers: Piotr Jablonski,  Ganapathi Bhat
This technical session will focus on key security features and use cases for VMware NSX-T Data Center in a multi-hypervisor, heterogeneous workload environment (VMs, containers, bare metal), the architecture and implementation of NSX-T distributed firewalls and edge firewalls, and the grouping/policy model for NSX-T Data Center. You will also find out how VMware NSX Data Center extends a uniform security policy model to VMware NSX Cloud and VMware Cloud on AWS environments.

DevOps/Container Enthusiasts:

Building a Multi-Tenant Private Cloud with NSX-T Data Center [NET1363BE]
Thu Nov 8th, 10:30-11:30
Speakers: Rod Hope (Tesco), Satvinder Lal(Computacenter)
Learn how one of the UK’s leading retailers built a fully multi-tenant private cloud platform, leveraging NSX-T Data Center to provide core network functionality from switching to routing to zero trust security. Using the extensible API of NSX-T Data Center, see how this retailer has been able to automate the deployment of new tenants within an hour as well as offer tenants programmatic self-service infrastructure.

Kubernetes Container Networking with NSX-T Data Center Deep Dive [NET1677BE]
Thu Nov 8th, 15:00-16:00
Speakers: Yasen Simeonov, Dennis BreitHaupt
Why do you need VMware NSX-T Data Center with Kubernetes (K8s) if there are so many free batteries-included network solutions for Kubernetes out there? Because the NSX-T Data Center integration with K8s solves problems you likely have already encountered, or will encounter soon, when deploying K8s into an existing enterprise data center, with all its physical firewalls, existing relational databases, and potentially even mainframes. In this session, you will get technical details of how the NSX-T Data Center integration with Kubernetes in Pivotal Container Service (PKS), OpenShift, and upstream Kubernetes is implemented. Get a deep dive into each identified problem statement, find out how the solution was implemented with NSX-T Data Center, and see a demo of each of the solutions live on stage using PKS with NSX-T Data Center.

NSX Design for Cloud-native Apps with Pivotal Cloud Foundry [NET1894BE]
Thu Nov 8th, 13:30-14:3
Speakers: Ali Al Idrees
Pivotal Cloud Foundry is a suite of products specifically designed for the development and deployment of cloud-native apps. The integration with NSX-T provides many benefits including the ability to create security policies across platforms, deep visibility into the network of these platforms, and the ability to automate the day 1 and day 2 operations across the entire stack. But what about design? There are many choices to consider when designing and deploying the stack in production. Come and meet an NSX cloud-native design experts to learn about designing NSX for the Pivotal Cloud Foundry suite of products (Pivotal Application Service & Pivotal Container Service), including the lessons we’ve learned from our work in the field.

Multi-Cloud/Hybrid Cloud:

VMware Cloud on AWS with NSX: Use Cases, Design, and Implementation [NET1327BE]
Thu Nov 8th, 12:00-1:00
Speakers: Humair Ahmed, Gilles Chekroun
VMware NSX is VMware’s network virtualization technology that enables all networking and security in VMware Cloud on AWS. This session goes through use cases, design, and implementation details. The session starts with use cases and evolves into a deep dive around the capabilities NSX enables within VMware Cloud on AWS. Design and implementation details are discussed including discussion around native networking and security capabilities, consumption models, hybrid cloud features, connectivity options, Internet access, and accessibility to native AWS resources like EC2, S3, and RDS. A walk through of a demo is provided to build on top of the discussion points.

Rethinking Disaster Recovery with NSX Data Center and NSX Hybrid Connect [NET2420BE]
Wed Nov 7th, 11:00-12:00
Speakers: Ray Budavari
In this session, you will discover how VMware NSX Data Center and NSX Hybrid Connect enable a more effective and efficient model for disaster recovery (DR) and disaster avoidance. You will learn about the capabilities in NSX Data Center and NSX Hybrid Connect that enable workload mobility with full networking and security functionality, and how these products can be deployed alongside traditional DR orchestration tools to solve many of the problems with DR approaches of the past. We will highlight different deployment models and design considerations, along with a demonstration of a DR event to a hybrid cloud enabled by NSX. The session also will focus on how to leverage hybrid cloud for DR, eliminating the need for many organizations don’t need to maintain a second recovery site.

NSX Cloud: Deployment Deep Dive and Architecture [NET1754BE]
Thu Nov 8th 10:30-11:30
Speakers: Percy Wadia, Brian Heil
As businesses evolve their application delivery methods, new strategies are emerging that include moving them to one or more public cloud providers. This brings a new set of operational challenges to the cloud security and networking teams, such as providing consistent security posture, traffic visibility, and secure connectivity across on-premises cloud and native public clouds. In this session, you will learn about the advanced capabilities of VMware NSX Cloud and go over real-world deployment use cases that will help you design your hybrid cloud deployments.

Want to test-drive NSX?

Hands-on Labs open at 8:00 AM on Monday Nov 5th and our entire NSX Self-Paced lab lineup is here.

Got Feedback?
Want to contribute to the NSX UI/UX experience?
Stop by at our UX Design Studio Workshop to  interact real-time with our product designers.

Interested in deploying NSX-T?
If you are in the mood for a 4 hour NSX-T technical training, head to our free NSX-T workshop on Monday, November 5th at 3pm at Fira Gran Via, Room 403.

Register soon as space is limited.

Agenda: This workshop is targeted towards helping customers start their NSX-T journey. You will dive deep into an architecture overview of NSX-T and cover logical switching, security, routing/edge services, cloud management platforms and migration strategies with an existing SDN platform.

Looking for more NSX goodness?

Some noteworthy blogs for pre-reading before attending these sessions.

See you soon at VMworld Europe!