Introducing VMware NSX-T Reference Design

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Available now is the VMware NSX-T Reference Design Guide, a deployment path to adopting NSX with diverse multi-domain workload requirements – multi-cloud (private/public), multi-hypervisor, and multiple application frameworks (VMs, PaaS and containers).   Since VMware acquired Nicira almost five years ago, NSX for vSphere has become de-facto standard for private cloud solutions, delivering key use Read more...

Context-Aware Micro-segmentation – Remote Desktop Session Host Enhancements for VMware Horizon

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In a previous post my colleague, Stijn, discussed the enhancements to how NSX for vSphere 6.4 handles Remote Desktop Session Host, RDSH, systems with the Identity-based Firewall and Context-Aware Micro-segmentation. Remote Desktop Services is an underlying technology from Microsoft that many vendors take advantage of to provide overlay management and application deployment technologies for.  In Read more...

Context-Aware Micro-segmentation – an innovative approach to Application and User Identity Firewall

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Summary: With Context-awareness, NSX for vSphere 6.4 enables customers to enforce policy based on Application and Protocol Identification and expands the Identity Firewall support to Multiple User Sessions. A few weeks ago, VMware released version 6.4 of NSX for vSphere.  The 6.4 release brings many new features, with Context-awareness being key from a security perspective. Read more...

NSX-T: OpenAPI and SDKs

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Nowadays everything is about automation. Organizations are moving away from the traditional static infrastructure to full automation and here the need of NSX is significant. There are many use-cases for NSX, but the common in all of them is that they all need to be automated. VMware is investing heavily for different tools to ease Read more...

NSX-T: Routing where you need it (Part 2, North-South Routing)

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In the first part of this blog series, NSX-T: Routing where you need it (Part 1), I discussed how East-West (E-W) routing is completely distributed on NSX-T and how routing is done by the Distributed Router (DR) running as a kernel module in each hypervisor.  In this post, I will explain how North-South (N-S) routing Read more...
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VMware SDDC with NSX Expands to AWS

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I prior shared this post on the LinkedIN publishing platform and my personal blog at HumairAhmed.com. There has been a lot of interest in the VMware Cloud on AWS  (VMC on AWS) service since its announcement and general availability. Writing this brief introductory post, the response  received confirmed the interest and value consumers see in Read more...

Remote User Authentication and RBAC with NSX-T

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Remote user authentication and role based access control (RBAC) is an important requirement when deploying new systems in an organization, particularly in the networking world. For that matter, systems typically leverage RADIUS or Active Directory (AD) servers, to name a few. NSX-T integrates with VMware Identity Manager (vIDM) to get the following benefits related to Read more...