VMware NSX Network Virtualization Platform Enables Businesses to Accelerate Digital Transformation

February 02, 2017

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 advances security, automation and application continuity; VMware NSX-T 1.1 expands support for new application frameworks and architectures; VMware NSX exits 2016 with more than 2,400 customers

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/02/17 -- VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced new releases of the VMware NSX® network virtualization platform to meet the diverse and evolving needs of both IT and developers. With the release of VMware NSX for vSphere® 6.3 and VMware NSX-T 1.1, VMware is advancing support for the most critical IT use cases -- automation, security and application continuity -- while offering development organizations an agile software-defined infrastructure to build-out cloud-native application environments.

With more than 2,400 customers, VMware NSX delivers networking and security focused on the application independent of the underlying infrastructure. VMware NSX for vSphere is the network virtualization platform for vSphere-based deployments. VMware NSX-T is a network virtualization platform for new application frameworks and architectures that have heterogeneous endpoints and technology stacks. VMware NSX is fundamental to VMware's strategy to drive network transformation in the industry. The NSX network virtualization platform is a cornerstone of VMware's Cross-Cloud Architecture™, and a key component of VMware Cloud Foundation, Cross-Cloud Services and VMware Cloud on AWS. More than 11,000 professionals have participated in VMware NSX training and more than 7,000 professionals have achieved an NSX certification to date.

"VMware NSX is the industry's most widely deployed, production-proven network virtualization platform," said Milin Desai, vice president of Products, Networking and Security Business Unit, VMware. "With this update, we continue to focus on delivering value in support of key NSX use cases while further simplifying ongoing operations at scale. We are also continuing to invest in NSX as a network virtualization platform that addresses heterogeneous environments, enabling our customers the flexibility to choose new application frameworks or move to public cloud with confidence."

Advancing Security, Automation, Application Continuity for VMware SDDC Environments
Customers adopt VMware NSX for vSphere to gain the agility and efficiency of the software-defined data center, applying the benefits of compute virtualization to the entire data center. With the release of VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3, NSX now supports VMware vSphere 6.5, and new enhancements are designed to deliver new levels of operational simplicity, security and scale, while reducing future platform upgrade times by up to 5X.

  • Security : New Application Rule Manager and Endpoint Monitoring features provide unique visibility from OS-level activity to network flows, resulting in automated policy and rule updates and making micro-segmentation easier to implement and more capable.
  • Application Continuity : New enhancements deliver consistent and dynamic security policies for customers scaling SDDC environments across multiple data centers and multiple VMware vCenters.
  • SDDC to Branch Connectivity: NSX now allows customers to extend a unified virtual network infrastructure with consistent performance security controls to remote endpoints from a central location, enabling enterprises to connect an SDDC to branch locations.
  • Service Provider/NFV Deployments : Enhanced support for VMware vCloud Director provides advanced self-service NSX capabilities for multi-tenant service provider deployments and NFV initiatives.

VMware NSX-T Expands Support for New Application Frameworks and Architectures
VMware NSX-T 1.1 offers customers an agile software-defined infrastructure to build-out cloud-native application environments. With the release of VMware NSX-T 1.1, VMware is announcing:

  • Support for VMware Photon™ Platform, an enterprise cloud-native infrastructure platform optimized for containers and modern applications that is purpose-built for use in API-driven, multi-tenant and high-scale environments.
  • Expanded support for multiple KVM distributions from Canonical and Red Hat.
  • Updated support for OpenStack Newton and Mitaka
  • A new beta program for customers interested in container networking and security for application frameworks that support the Container Network Interface (CNI) project. Interested parties should contact their VMware sales representatives.

Customer Commentary
AeroData, Inc. offers aircraft performance data, weight and balance data, and load planning services to the airline industry. Terry McDonough, President and CEO, AeroData, said, "AeroData has implemented a secure, highly available multi-site software-defined data center based on VMware to deliver business-critical flight data that supports approximately 21,000 flights per day worldwide. We know first-hand that just five minutes of system downtime can result in more than 100 delayed flights, a significant loss of revenue, and damage to our customers' reputations. With VMware NSX at the heart of our SDDC, AeroData has achieved more efficient and effective security management, higher levels of application availability and continuity, and reduced costs by at least 50 percent."

iland is a global enterprise cloud infrastructure provider, and leader in Disaster Recovery as a Service. Dante Orsini, senior vice president of business development, said, "iland is highly focused on providing IT resiliency, and as part of our Secure Cloud Services, VMware NSX provides customers a common operating environment that can span their production and back up data center locations. VMware NSX makes it much easier for our customers to maintain a consistent security posture when developing an application continuity strategy, with the ability to replicate highly complex networking environments while maintaining consistent security policy across both locations."

Pricing, Licensing and Availability
VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3 and VMware NSX-T 1.1 are generally available. Also starting today, customers who have previously purchased VMware NSX or make new purchases have the option of downloading and installing either version, and can switch between the two if needed without having to re-purchase NSX as long as the customer has available licenses. List pricing starts at USD $1,995 per processor for VMware NSX Standard Edition. Flexible licensing options are available for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure deployments (concurrent user licensing), Remote Office/Branch Office deployments (per VM licensing), and vCloud® Air™ Network Partners (subscription licensing).

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About VMware
VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers accelerate their digital transformation. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with its Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and solutions for the data center, mobility, and security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

VMware, NSX, vSphere, Cross-Cloud Architecture, Photon, vCloud, vCloud Air, and vCloud Air Network are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions.

Media Contact:
Roger T. Fortier
VMware Global Communications
Mobile: 650-427-2410
rfortier@vmware.com

Source: VMware, Inc.

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