VMware NSX Other Advice

Andres Hurtado
Director with 51-200 employees
This solution has helped our clients save CapEx. The agility and speed of the implementation offer CapEx savings. It does and doesn't prolong software refresh. It does because there is better integration with the product. It doesn't because there are new features developing and people like to replace their hardware. They will have better chances of getting more value out of their software solutions because now they can reach more control of multiple functionalities. I would approximate that it saves the hardware for around two to three years. I have rated this product a seven because this product still needs to evolve. It's a good product but it's not great. If you are considering NSX or a similar solution I would advise that you have to adapt or die. Technology is emerging with different features. It is important to be in that conversation. You've got to move into the new trends. There are multiple solutions, and there will be different brands with different features but ultimately you have to find a solution that will meet your exact needs. To those who say NSX is complex, I would say that every master was once a disaster. In the beginning, it's going to be challenging. When you start something new, it very might well be a disaster and you will probably find it hard to navigate. Once you overcome the complexity issue, it's just a matter of perception. It's not really complex, despite what you may think. The solution is evolving, getting better. This is a smarter way to do things. This solution is at another level. View full review »
Technology Manager
I would rate this solution an eight because of its ease of deployment. I'm a partner so this is what I mostly care about. Also because of the ease of scalability. If you're looking into NSX or similar solutions I would recommend you to first learn about vSphere and other VMware products because it's essential in order to implement NSX. Without that knowledge, it would be hard for you to understand. And to those who think NSX is complex I would say it's not. You need to try it and see. View full review »
VMware NSX Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
In terms of criteria for selecting a vendor, it's a little of everything. It's the reputation that they have, but it's also more of the tech support, as well as the documentation that they have, because not everybody in their environment, as well as your own environment, knows everything. So you have to be able to look up stuff and have that knowledge to be able to do it, as well as allow them to do it. They have a lot of good KB articles on what's going on, so if you need a problem solved, you look at that first and you'll be able to find it pretty easily. View full review »
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Paul Walsh
VMware Administrator at Ryanair
If a colleague was to ask me if it was a good idea to go ahead and put it this solution in, I would say, "Straightaway." I wouldn't have any doubts. View full review »
Adam Lowles
Information Security Manager at Anana LTD
Get it in your environment as soon as possible. Network segmentation is hard. A lot of businesses still use the traditional three-tier system, because it has been proven, but it isn't particularly robust or secure. Realistically, it's a natural step in terms of network management to move to micro-segmentation. It just makes sense. If someone is worried that the solution is too complex, they should hire people with experience. View full review »
John Statt
Senior Solutions Architect at SMP
I always have a hard time giving a ten to anything. I think everything needs improvement. So that's why I would give it a solid eight out of 10. View full review »
Todd Gould
Solutions Architect at IronBow Technologies
It's very important for us to have good relationships with VMware from a reseller standpoint, and especially in the DoD, we have great reps. VMware is probably a 90% of the DoD networks. It's definitely not just reputation-wise, but they've been there for seven to eight years now and everybody knows that VMware is the enterprise solution for virtualization in the DoD. View full review »
Consultant with 51-200 employees
The solution is not complex. Though, you need to have some experience in networking, but just the basics that come when you work in the industry. However, if you've never worked with networking, start at the beginning, then NSX will come along easily. I recommend building your own lab and continue to keep breaking it. Break your own lab, because you'll find weird things. We have not integrated with vCloud Director as our customers are not very eager to work with automation yet. View full review »
Luke Kesselring
EVS Engineer 3 at Cabela's
In terms of selecting a vendor, our end goal is to be able to accomplish a certain function that we need to for the business. But also, if we have any trouble, to be able to call and get some support, and work through those issues without, "You bought the product now, so you're on your own." They've been real good about support. It's changed the way we do things. It's made things a lot more easy. Once everything's set up, and you have the collaboration from all the other different groups, it just works. It's going to help me be able to do a lot of the DR stuff that I'm working on with VXLAN, working through NSX and all those rule sets. View full review »
Head of EMEA Strategic Alliances at Arrow Electronics, Inc
I would rate this solution an eight because it's unique to the market. I wouldn't rate it a ten because it still has to be fully stable across the next ten years. It's a newer product, we need more time to see if it'll get to a ten. If you're looking into this solution I would tell you to make sure that you have all of the functionalities and the expertise to implement it. It is a complex solution but VMware offers support to help make it more clear. View full review »
Infrastructure Architect
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. View full review »
Solutions Architect at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
I rated this solution a nine because it's easy to use. It has a lot of capabilities, like microsegmentation, which is very good. If you're worried that NSX is too complex, I would tell you to take another look. If you compare NSX to a similar solution you might find it to be a bit more complex. Usually, the guy that comes in to implement NSX isn't the network guy and will lack the knowledge for the program. He can lack the knowledge for this program and will therefore think it's complex. You need somebody with network experience. View full review »
Frederic Giovannacci
System Engineer at GIP SIB
We had to buy new hardware in order to introduce NSX into our data center. We don't use load balancing with this solution. We don't use vCloud Director. View full review »
Architect at Computacenter
I would advise a colleague at another company who is researching NSX to know how the technology can answer their customer's business use cases. For those who say NSX is complex, I would agree that it can be complex but you can abstract that complexity through automation and Service Catalogs to make it easier for end-users to consume. View full review »
Tom Bowles
Network Engineer
An important reason for selecting was VMware because they're the hypervisor we use and we see them to be a very valuable asset in purchasing something like NSX, and because they're the owner of the hypervisor and they have direct access into the hypervisor. That's very valuable for us. We foresee it being a very reliable product into the future. They developed the hypervisor, which is very valuable to us, because it has saved us a lot of money just on the micro-segmentation piece. That's basically all we use at this point, but the product has more than paid for itself just with that part of the product. View full review »
Lead at Accenture
PoC the platform before you test it. It is not so bad. We are using the VVD implementation. It is implemented together with the vRA, vROps, and other solutions. View full review »
Evgeniy Stepanov
Engineer at DataLine - лучшая команда виртуализации VMware 2015
NSX can reduce costs and has good service. It is easy for you and your users to use. We have integrated this solution with vCloud Director. Without NSX you can't deploy the cloud. View full review »
System Administrator
I would tell people who say that NSX is complex that it's not as complex as they think and they should definitely consider this solution. I would have rated this solution a nine, but in the last two months, we have had two incidents with them. View full review »
EMEA Infrastructure Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
To those who say this solution is complex, I would say it is but not for the key user. You just need to learn the standards and mechanics for your specific product. That means that it's simple even if it's really complex beyond that. View full review »
Dept. Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
I would rate this solution a nine because we maximize most of its features. We have many advantages with the cloud infrastructure. I would tell someone looking into this solution to go for it. At first, it may seem to be complex but using it will make it easier to manage jobs. Yes, its initial establishment can be complex but you will see its advantages later on. View full review »
Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I would recommend this VMware product. We are not using vCloud Director. View full review »
System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I would recommend it to another person. We do not integrate it with vCloud Director. I don't use load balancer at the moment. View full review »
System Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
NSX is a good product. View full review »
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