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November 2013, Volume 2, Number 10

The nitty-gritty of VMware NSX

With server virtualization, VMware revolutionized how organizations deliver compute services. Now, it says it can do the same thing to networking with VMware NSX. At VMworld this fall, the company officially took the wraps off its NSX network virtualization platform, a combination of its VMware vCloud Network and Security and the network overlay technology it acquired from Nicira Networks last year. But among VMware’s loyal server and virtualization administrators, VMware’s new role as a networking vendor raises as many questions as it answers. Here are a few common ones: What can NSX do for me? VMware likens NSX to a familiar virtual machine (VM), able to create a fully functional network environment that relies on the underlying networking hardware only for packet forwarding. In theory, this reduces the need for high-end networking equipment. Because NSX is integrated with VMware’s hypervisor and management tools, NSX automatically provisions virtual networks and services to a VM, reducing the time it takes to provision ...

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