vRealize Network Insight Review

Provides insight into dataflow so that we can design our NSX firewalls


What is our primary use case?

It's mainly for monitoring so that we can design our NSX firewalls.

How has it helped my organization?

Previously, we had no idea how the dataflow worked. We knew how all the applications and servers worked, but we never knew how the dataflow was happening. vRNI provides more insight into the dataflow.

It definitely saves times because we are not using this for performance monitoring and not really for monitoring for troubleshooting.

What is most valuable?

Dataflow. We tag our virtual machines and then we try to find out the traffic between the web server and app servers, and the traffic between the Dev servers and Prod servers, so that we can build the firewalls around them.

What needs improvement?

We just started using it so I don't really know a lot of the features yet.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is good. It has never crashed.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I haven't tried to scale it yet.

How is customer service and technical support?

We had the VMware Professional Services team when we started with our NSX project. They helped us set this up and familiarized us with how to use it. They were helfpul.

What other advice do I have?

If you have a VMware suite and you are going to use NSX, then I would definitely recommend vRNI.

I rate the solution at eight out of ten. I'm still getting familiar with it. The UI, even though once you get to know it, it's easier, still it's hard to figure out by yourself. You have to go read, watch videos. It has a lot of data on it. So that is an issue.

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