VMware recently unveiled its network virtualization platform, NSX. The NSX platform combines the company's existing networking features with the network virtualization technology from the Nicira acquisition.
The NSX launch sparked plenty of excitement, but also led many to question the overlay and edge networking strategy. It also ignited debate on the role of network engineers in an overlay environment and the future of the longtime VMware-Cisco partnership.
Here we've gathered news, opinion and analysis about the VMware NSX platform and strategy.
VMWare NSX Network Virtualization news
Read about VMware NSX features, as well as about how the technology is poised to affect networking professionals, and its potential fallout on the longtime VMware-Cisco partnership.
SearchSDN's Director of News and Features Shamus McGillicuddy outlines the NSX release and explains how the solution will integrate into top-of-rack switching and enable Layer 4-7 network services in virtual overlays. But he also discusses concerns about the lack of deeper integration between physical and virtual networks in NSX environments. Continue Reading
During the VMware keynote where NSX was announced, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and Chief Networking Architect Martin Casado aimed their presentation at server and virtualization admins -- which begs the questions: Who, exactly, will be using NSX? And do network pros still matter? Continue Reading
Networking pros took to Twitter to share their thoughts -- both positive and negative -- about the release of NSX. Continue Reading
Just two days after the release of NSX, Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior blogged that VMware's overlay approach is not the right approach to network virtualization. However, she also assured her readers that Cisco and VMware would continue to partner, especially in cloud infrastructure. Continue Reading
At VMworld, VMware pitched NSX primarily to system and virtualization admins, leaving many networking pros feeling that the solution would infringe on their turf. However, some argue that NSX could be used to create peace, not war. Continue Reading
NSX opinions: What experts have to say
SDN experts had both praise and criticism for NSX. We asked SearchSDN bloggers to sound off on what NSX means to networking and SDN.
NSX could spark a battle in the data center network between VMware and Cisco, but that won't mean an end to VCE, the coalition of Cisco, VMware and EMC, writes SDN expert Greg Ferro. Continue Reading
The abuse of tools like NSX is what leads to silos within IT, writes SDN expert Teren Bryson. Continue Reading
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NSX's impact on network virtualization practices
SearchSDN's Shamus McGillicuddy breaks down NSX and explains the concern many have regarding a new software layer on top of the network, and how this will affect operations and visibility.
In this video, McGillicuddy breaks down NSX and explains the concern many have regarding a new software layer on top of the network, and how this will affect operations and visibility.