VMware NSX Review

The we can actually extend Layer 2 networking across datacenters, and also Layer 3 networking, which comes along with it

Video Review:

What is most valuable?

Some of NSX's most valuable features are:

  • Its distributed firewall
  • The we can actually extend Layer 2 networking across datacenters, and also Layer 3 networking, which comes along with it.
  • The routing and switching.

What needs improvement?

They could branch out to the physical layer. Today, it's just the virtual layer, and they're starting to talk about the physical layer. We'd like to see the physical layer incorporated.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've been using NSX now with Layer 2 stretching for approximately 10 months. We're getting ready to really ramp up the DFW, which is the distributed firewall piece, which we and our security team are very excited about.

NSX is a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've already scaled it across two data centers. We'll be incorporating two additional data centers, to give us that footprint, or IP address migration across four data centers. So, it's quite scalable.

How is customer service and technical support?

The tech support for NSX is awesome. We are a premier production customer for VMware, therefore the tech support and the tech support representatives don't start a lower level. We start at the mid-level of the tech support engineers. Thus, we get answers very quickly. We also work with our technical account manager who knows what we're doing and what we've got coming up, so he's able to push things for us on the tech support side.

Our tech support's awesome.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The most important criteria when selecting a vendor (like VMware), it's important to us that they have the following:

  • Their name recognition.
  • The support that they provide.
  • Their placement in the industry as a leader.
  • The things that they're doing with NSX, which are phenomenal.

We're a supporter of VMware, and likewise they're a supporter and a partner with us and what we're doing.

What other advice do I have?

It's really a great product. It fits all of our needs. Everything that we've asked it to do or asked VMware to help us get done with it, we've been able to do. Therefore, we're very excited about the product.

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