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Enhancing Application Performance with NSX

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The application performance gains resulting from migrating an infrastructure hosting multi-tier applications from a physical networking implementation to a NSX software-based one have been well documented.  Bob Goldsand and Todd Muirhead, from our performance engineering team have been preaching this gospel for some time, for example at VMworld 2017. Read more...

Enhancing NSX with Check Point vSEC

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While VMware NSX enables micro-segmentation of the Software Defined Data Center, it mostly polices traffic in layers 3 and 4, with only limited application level (layer 7) support.  Sometimes additional layers of protection are needed for use cases such as Secure DMZ or meeting regulatory compliance requirements like PCI, in which case partner solutions can Read more...

Fortinet FortiGate-VMX and NSX use cases

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NSX is an extensible platform; other vendors security solutions can be added to it by means of the Northbound REST API, and two private APIs: NETX for network introspection, and EPSEC for guest introspection. Fortinet’s FortiGate-VMX solution uses the NSX NETX API to provide advanced layer 4-7 services via service insertion, also called service chaining.  This enables Read more...

VMware NSX and Check Point vSEC

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One of the current challenges of data center security is the East-West traffic that has become so pervasive as modern applications communicate a great deal between their different components.  Conventional perimeter security is poorly placed to secure these lateral flows, to promote a zero-trust model in order to prevent threats moving within each application layer. Read more...