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We are excited to announce that NSX Cloud, the VMware networking and security solution for AWS-native applications and hybrid-cloud, is now available in the AWS Solution Space! AWS created the Solution Space as a place for AWS Partner Network (APN) Technology Partners to showcase customer-ready solutions that combine AWS services with partner technologies and, optionally, consulting offers from APN consulting Partners. This is an especially notable milestone for NSX Cloud because it will be one of the first offerings in the Networking category for Solution Space.

NSX Cloud will be featured at AWS re:Invent this week, so be sure to stop by our theater sessions at the VMware booth (#2201) on Tuesday at 3:30pm or Thursday at 11:30am. We look forward to seeing you there, and are giving away an exciting prize to a lucky winner at each session!

What is NSX Cloud?

NSX Cloud is an extension of VMware’s NSX Data Center technology that brings the NSX networking and security framework to cloud-native applications in AWS. With NSX Cloud, IT administrators can apply the exact same networking and security policies they use in the data center to AWS-native applications, and they can manage those applications through the same interface they use to manage their on-premises environment. Unifying networking and security between the on-premises data center and AWS drastically reduces the time and expense required to translate existing policies for AWS-native applications. The result is that deploying NSX Cloud both brings existing cloud-native applications into compliance with enterprise IT policies and enables developers to accelerate the development and deployment of new production-ready, born-in-the-cloud applications.

NSX Cloud is different from VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS in that it is designed for managing networking and security for AWS-native applications deployed from Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), while VMC on AWS is a managed IaaS service that includes a full vSphere environment on AWS bare metal. VMC on AWS enables enterprises to move application workloads from on-premises data centers to AWS without any conversion. However, customers that already have existing native AWS workloads or want to develop new ones can now leverage NSX Cloud to extend networking and security management to their AWS-native applications the same as they would their other hybrid-cloud environments.

 

Enabling Modern Cloud-Native Development Workflows

Enterprises that are already using NSX Data Center can immediately apply their existing security policy to AWS-native applications using NSX Cloud. Policy is defined once and applied to workloads anywhere— across VPCs, regions, availability zones, and hybrid clouds. Security policies are dynamically applied to each workload based on application attributes and user-defined tags. This enables IT administrators to maintain precise control over cloud networking topologies, traffic flows, IP addressing, and protocols used within and across hybrid clouds, while developers can securely leverage modern, image-based CI/CD deployment practices without needing to think about whether they have properly applied network security rules and policies.

Developers deploying applications to AWS with NSX Cloud can continue to use the public cloud infrastructure and application services they need without limitation, including Amazon Elastic Load Balancing (Amazon ELB), Amazon Route53, Amazon Direct Connect, and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). IT administrators can even write rules to manage many of these services, making them truly viable options for cloud-native application workloads. Provisioning and configuration management can be automated via REST API requests using existing automation tools, and cost-saving features such as VPN from your on-premises data center to public AWS and VPN between VPCs are all included with NSX Cloud.  These and other features drastically reduce the total cost of adopting a hybrid-cloud strategy or of adding AWS to an existing hybrid-cloud network.

Enhanced Visibility and Monitoring for AWS-Native Workloads

VMware NSX Cloud provides standard interfaces and protocols to access the network and security data from cloud networks. Flow, packet, and event information is available via IPFIX, Traceflow, Port Mirroring, and Syslog. This data can be consumed by existing on-premise operations tools, and used to enable deep, end-to-end visibility for monitoring, troubleshooting, and auditing. This rich operations data helps to dramatically shorten the time it takes to identify and resolve network connectivity, performance, and security issues across your entire hybrid cloud deployment, including applications on-premises and in the cloud.

How Do I Get Started?

NSX Cloud uses the same management and control planes as NSX Data Center, so if you have that deployed on-premises then you’re already most of the way there. NSX Cloud comes with the Cloud Service Manager UI that integrates with NSX Manager, providing seamless visibility across all of your hybrid-cloud workloads. Want to get visibility into your AWS workloads right away? Check out our recent blog post with detailed instructions on how to get started. We also have a great intro video that explores how our customer University of Idaho is using NSX Cloud to simplify their hybrid-cloud networking with AWS.

For more resources, be sure to visit the NSX Cloud page in VMware.com, and also to stop by our booth at AWS re:Invent to learn more about NSX Cloud and enter to win a prize! Questions or feedback? Be sure to reply in the comments!