VMware NSX Review

Easy to set up, with good features for automation and software-defined networking

What is our primary use case?

We use this product for micro-segmentation and network function virtualization.

What is most valuable?

This is the most scalable product of its type.

It is very good for automation and software-defined networking.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see improvements made to the certification process. As it is now, you have to do the training with VMware itself, and you have to spend a lot of money doing it, which is very discouraging. 

If you compare other certifications especially from the cloud providers, you can get trained from your choice of training providers and not very expensive or learn on your own at your pace, prepare for exams and pass and your certificate will be issued. In contrast, you have to register under VMware to get training done at minimum of $3000 before your certificate is issued to you. The training costs a minimum of $3,000, which is expensive and should be reduced. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this product for more than a year.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Outside of the cloud infrastructure, it is the most scalable network product that I have worked with. It is used in a server farm that contains about 2,000 servers.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not needed to contact technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use another network function virtualization product prior to this one.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. Our deployment took three months, end to end.

What about the implementation team?

We had a consultant to assist us with the deployment.

We have two or three in-house staff who manage and maintain the solution.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis. However, we were able to leverage some of the licenses that we had for an affiliated product, ESXi. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We chose VMware NSX-T because it was the most scalable.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product and one that I recommend for anybody who does not want to change their existing infrastructure. The problem is that they have to compete with the likes of AWS and cloud providers.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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