NSX v6.3 adds support for vSphere v6.5 and ROBO Licensing
VMware announced a new release of NSX this week to version 6.3 and is available for download. This release introduces the much anticipated support for vSphere 6.5. Also announced was a new licensing model, NSX for ROBO. This will enable customers to leverage their Network and Security policies to their remote and branch offices. VMware provided a brief summary of the new features and enhancements in the list below:
- 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.
More details regarding these updates are available here: https://blogs.vmware.com/networkvirtualization/2017/02/nsx-winter-releases.html
Also announced was an update to v1.1 of NSX-T which expands support for new Application Frameworks and Architectures. Here is a summary of some of the new features provided by VMware in their blog post:
- 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.
Try out NSX today for free using our Hands-On Labs: http://www.vmware.com/products/nsx/nsx-hol.html