If you’ve wanted to learn about VMware NSX, a L2-L7 networking and security virtualization platform entirely in software, and didn’t know where to start, this is the guide for you. Already an NSX user, and want to improve on your skills? This is also a great resource to becoming an NSXpert!
Reintroducing the VMware NSX Networking and Security Portfolio
VMware NSX is a network virtualization and security platform that offers a rich, full-stack of L2-L7 networking services such as routing, switching, load balancing, and firewalling to connect, protect, automate, and manage workloads across private, public and hybrid cloud environment as well as branch and cloud edge environments.
The VMware NSX portfolio consists of a complete set of networking and security offerings designed to address customer use-cases supporting workloads based on virtual machines (VMs), containers, and bare-metal.
Here are the core components of the NSX portfolio:
- NSX Data Center is the flagship NSX platform designed to connect and protect workloads in and across data center environments.
- NSX Cloud extends the networking and security capabilities of NSX to workloads running natively in public clouds such as AWS and Azure.
- NSX Distributed IDS/IPS is a fully distributed software intrusion detection and prevention solution to easily achieve compliance, create virtual security zones, and detect lateral threat movement on East-West network traffic.
- NSX Advanced Load Balancer provides multi-cloud load balancing, web application firewall, and application analytics across on-premises data centers and any cloud.
- NSX Service Mesh, using the open-source Istio as a foundation, provides application-level visibility, control, and security for enterprise-grade micro-services.
Getting Started with VMware NSX
They say “you have to start somewhere,” and, well, this is it: the beginning. Before you do anything else, get yourself familiar with the VMware NSX Portfolio offerings.
- NSX Data Center Data Sheet
- NSX Data Center Solution Overview
- NSX Cloud Data Sheet
- NSX Advanced Load Balancer Data Sheet
Beginner and Intermediate VMware NSX Resources
Once you’ve gotten the hang of what NSX can offer, it’s time to dive into a class or two to get up to speed on all things network and security virtualization. To “teach you how to fish,” we’ve curated our favorite links to VMware’s official educational materials— plus a few more.
Network Virtualization for Dummies Guide
This comprehensive introductory guide covers:
- Why now is the right time to virtualize your network
- How network virtualization works
- Best practices, tips, and ways to save time
On-demand NSX Webinars
Below is a list of NSX webinars that cover a variety of topics highlighting features and use cases such as internal firewalling, network automation, multi/hybrid cloud networking and more. All webinars are available on demand.
- How Multi Cloud Load Balancing Automates Application Delivery and Drives Operational Efficiency
- How to Achieve Consistent Security Policies Across Your Hybrid Environment with NSX
- Consistently Build and Run Modern Applications with VMware Tanzu
- Intrinsic Security: A New Approach to Workload Protection
- Automating Application Delivery with Modern, Multi-Cloud Load Balancing
- Making the Service-defined Firewall a Reality
- Operationalizing Network Security with NSX Intelligence
Networking and Security Architecture with VMware NSX on Coursera
This eight-week online course equips learners with the basics of network and security virtualization with VMware NSX.
To get the most out of this course, you should have familiarity with generic IT concepts such as routing, switching, firewalling, disaster recovery, business continuity, cloud, and security.
Visit the VMware NSX YouTube Channel
Within the VMware NSX YouTube channel there are several curated playlists to check out. Here are a few playlist recommendations:
- Training and Demos Playlist or the NSX Features and Capabilities playlist for technical deep-dives and product demonstrations
- Network and Security Virtualization for training and demos that’re broken out by use cases (i.e security, multi-cloud and branch, network automation, and cloud-native apps)
- NSX Cloud playlist for beginner to immediate demos and lightboard videos
VMworld Networking and Security Sessions On-Demand
During VMworld 2019 the networking and security business unit delivered 91 breakout sessions! Read the VMworld US 2019 networking and security recap blog post for a list of technical sessions to watch on-demand.
Visit the VMworld on-demand video library for all the recordings of networking and security breakout sessions, showcase keynotes and more from VMworld.
Try NSX Hands-on Labs
Ready to test drive NSX? NSX Hands-on Labs (HOL) is a series of labs created directly from VMware product experts. HOLs allow you to evaluate the features and functionality of NSX for free, with no installation required.
Here are a few labs to get you started:
- NSX-T Getting Started: learn how to configure logical switching, routing, load balancing and distributed firewall in a multi-hypervisor environment.
- Integrating Kubernetes with NSX-T: learn about Kubernetes Namespaces, services and ingress rules, and security with NSX-T.
- NSX-T Distributed Firewalling: see how easy it is to use NSX-T to configure distributed firewalls.
- NSX Cloud: learn how NSX Cloud delivers consistent networking and security policies across enterprise, AWS, & Azure.
Advanced VMware NSX Resources
VMware NSX Certification
Once you’re up to speed, consider getting certified. VMware Network Virtualization certifications are designed to gauge your level of skill designing, implementing, and managing a VMware NSX environment. With a certificate, you can take your career to the next level.
Enroll in the 5-day NSX-T Install, Configure, Manage (ICM) course that covers the key features and functionality of NSX such as overall infrastructure, logical switching, routing, services micro-segmentation etc.
Visit our NSX certification site for more information on network virtualization certifications.
VMware NSX-T Reference Design Guide
The NSX-T reference design guide document provides design guidance and best practices for NSX.
Address Challenges of Migrating Data Center Solutions to the Cloud
Download the free guide to learn how VMware Cloud on AWS with NSX networking and security provides a hybrid cloud solution.
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