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We performed a comparison between NetBrain and VMware NSX based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Network Automation solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed NetBrain vs. VMware NSX report (Updated: September 2022).
632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use.
Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Pros
"This product has good network monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities.""NetBrain is a very simple tool."

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"The solution is very stable and reliable.""The best part is the blueprint creation where I can create their things and then move on to the target environment.""NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it.""This is a good firewall and overall it is rich in features.""From a security standpoint, the customer was able to better secure critical workloads while routing L2/L3 worked normally, giving them more confidence that they would be ready for any potential security incident mitigation or outage (DR).""Overall, for me, it's a good solution and has been working well.""The solution is very good at micro-segmentation.""During our experience, the solution has been stable."

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Cons
"The solution could integrate more automation.""Each device needs to be configured to allow NetBrain to poll for the information it needs, which can be very time-consuming for a large network."

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"Our technical team is always looking for the solutions that they work with to offer more convenient integrations.""In the future, the solution should be compliant with internet NIC.""VMware NSX should be able to scale for different customers, even the big ones. Its scalability needs improvement. Stability for it should also be improved.""There were some issues with finance and other accounting.""Their licensing model should make it easier to purchase licenses.""There are sometimes mismatch in the control, the details and what you actually see on the transport note.""The technical support could use some improvement.""It's not feature-rich."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Licensing is based on a per-device basis, which means that it can get very expensive if you have a large number of devices."
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  • "It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions."
  • "The price of this product is too high."
  • "This solution requires a licence."
  • "VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature."
  • "The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."
  • "I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side."
  • "There is a license required for this solution, we pay annually."
  • "There is a license required for this solution and there is also a support license available. The price of the solution could be better."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The licensing is a node-based structure together with a portion of the purchase price. A node is basically an IP address for either a device or a switch stack. We've got some switch stacks that have… more »
    Top Answer:Creating the parsers and QFs from model to model show that the IP interface brief isn't consistent. From a 6500 to a 3750 to a 9300 Cisco switch models, the show IP interface brief is different… more »
    Top Answer:There are some very major differences between both the Products and to name a few. -Cisco ACI have physical network gear (9K Switches) where the Code runs in ACI Policy Mode & the UCS server where… more »
    Top Answer:Once you know your way around the Cisco ecosystem, using Cisco ACI is not so difficult. It is a global product, so when you change one interface, changes are automatically reflected on every switch… more »
    Top Answer:NSX is good in managing security or controlling the security and the access control for each single VM.
    Ranking
    5th
    out of 21 in Network Automation
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    3,678
    Comparisons
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    Reviews
    2
    Average Words per Review
    962
    Rating
    7.0
    2nd
    out of 21 in Network Automation
    Views
    18,737
    Comparisons
    12,696
    Reviews
    29
    Average Words per Review
    406
    Rating
    7.8
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    VMware Nicira
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    Overview

    Managing today’s networks with yesterday’s manual processes is no longer a viable solution. NetBrain’s network automation platform provides actionable insights into your network to help you make better and faster decisions - particularly when you’re troubleshooting, securing, and making changes to the network.

    VMware NSX is a full-stack network and security virtualization platform that enables the virtual cloud network. NSX provides a software-defined process for networking that expands throughout cloud frameworks, data centers, and application structures. Users can join and secure applications within their container and multi-cloud infrastructure and their data center. With robust automated provisioning, the platform offers dynamic flexibility and scalability without compromising on network speed or agility.

    VMware NSX recreates the whole software network model so that users can create and deliver apps quickly and securely. Users can customize security policies and leverage IDS/IPS to block against lateral threats. These security policies can be managed throughout private and public clouds from one pane of glass, no matter where your applications run. By consolidating networking and security tasks into a unified platform, users can save up to one-third of their budget.

    VMware NSX Use Cases

    VMware NSX brings the operational model of a virtual machine to users’ data center networks and revolutionizes the foundations of network and security operations. There are a number of use cases, including:

    • Containers - Similar to VMs, users can offer unified, full-stack networking and security for microservices and containerized apps. This includes the ability to micro-segment, use container networking for Kubernetes, and offers complete visibility for microservices.
    • App Delivery - Users can deliver infrastructure as code while also accelerating app delivery with blueprints that can automate the management of security and networking resources.
    • Security - With zero-trust security in public and private cloud environments, users can reduce attacks, lock down critical apps, and design a logical DMZ in software.
    • Load Balancing - Users can update their data centers from legacy load balancers to software load balancers and SDN automation, creating savings of over 50%.
    • Multi-Cloud - Expand networking across clouds and streamline multi-cloud operations with multi-cloud use cases, including rapid workload mobility, seamless data center extension, and multi-DC pooling.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Through a policy-driven approach, VMware NSX provides VMware technologies to assist with network and security visualization in a unified solution. Users particularly like the distributed firewall and the management dashboard.

    Kolawole O., a systems engineer at a tech services company, writes, "NSX's stand-out function is the distributed firewall. The firewall system is just top-notch, and I haven't seen another solution like it."

    A head of business development and partners management at a comms service provider notes, "I really like the management dashboard, the tailor-made assurance, the telemetry, and the ease of integration with all other solutions of VMware, such as vSphere."

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    Sample Customers
    CompuCon, TD Ameritrade, Move Inc.
    City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government10%
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Retailer16%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise70%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Buyer's Guide
    NetBrain vs. VMware NSX
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about NetBrain vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    NetBrain is ranked 5th in Network Automation with 2 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 2nd in Network Automation with 35 reviews. NetBrain is rated 9.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of NetBrain writes "Good monitoring and troubleshoot capabilities, improves overall network traffic visibility". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Reliable and has a good console that requires less effort when using, but is resource-intensive and not as easy to scale". NetBrain is most compared with Cisco DNA Center, ThousandEyes, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, SolarWinds NPM and Infoblox NetMRI, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Cisco Secure Workload, Nutanix Flow Network Security, Guardicore Centra and Illumio Zero Trust Segmentation. See our NetBrain vs. VMware NSX report.

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