VMware has launched what it says is the most significant release of its NSX virtual networking software, aimed at helping architects, networking and security operators and developers to connect and protect applications wherever they reside.
The new NSX-T 2.4 data centre software is targeted at organisations looking to support multi-vendor cloud-native applications, hypervisor environments and the growing hybrid and multi-cloud worlds.
It is also available as NSX Cloud, a public-cloud/hosted version of the software. This already supports other cloud systems, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud and the company’s own VMware Cloud on AWS.
The new software features more than 100 improvements in four key areas:
- Easier operation for network operators: NSX-T brings a new user interface (UI) built on HTML5 that provides a simpler network management console. The UI provides prescriptive guidance to reduce the number of clicks and page hops required to complete configuration tasks. NSX-T now also includes installation enhancements, such as Ansible modules that enable automation of installation workflows. It also enables customers to provision new networks and services with a single API call or a few clicks
- Network infrastructure as code for developers and DevOps teams: NSX-T 2.4 features a new declarative API model that simplifies network automation using human-readable JSON configuration, eliminating the use of a list of commands that can lead to human error in network configuration. It also takes in simple, user-defined terms about an application’s required connectivity and security that can be easily replicated and applied consistently across platforms
- Higher levels of cloud-scale, resiliency and performance: support for IPv6 meets a critical requirement of cloud-scale networks for both enterprises and service providers, and NSX-T can now scale to hundreds of thousands of routes, over a thousand hosts per NSX domain, and with high-scale multi-tenancy
- ‘Intrinsic’ security capabilities: NSX-T significantly shrinks the application attack surface and helps reduce risk to the business by building policies around the application, wherever the application runs, across VMs, containers and bare-metal servers, and across on-premises or cloud environments. Advanced security capabilities include Layer 7 application context-based firewalling, identity-based firewalling and whitelisting.
Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager of the networking and security business unit at VMware commented: “With our newest release of VMware NSX-T Data Center, we have taken a major step forward in simplicity of automation, in hardware accelerated performance and in features that allow deployment at the scale of the largest clouds in the world”.