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VMware NSX is the #1 ranked solution in top Network Virtualization tools, #2 ranked solution in best Cloud Security companies, #2 ranked solution in top Network Automation tools, and #2 ranked solution in top Microsegmentation Software tools. PeerSpot users give VMware NSX an average rating of 7.8 out of 10. VMware NSX is most commonly compared to Cisco ACI: VMware NSX vs Cisco ACI. VMware NSX is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 66% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a comms service provider, accounting for 18% of all views.
VMware NSX Buyer's Guide

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What is VMware NSX?

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."

VMware NSX was previously known as VMware Nicira.

VMware NSX Customers

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

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What users are saying about VMware NSX pricing:
  • "I'm unable to give information on the pricing or licensing cost of VMware NSX because I've never been someone who looks into the economic part of any security or virtualization solutions. That's handled by an entirely different team, and I don't even have the slightest idea about the costs associated with the solution, though I've heard pricing for VMware NSX is on the higher side."
  • "You can scale NSX if you have the resources, but it's usually expensive and complex to scale up."
  • "I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side."
  • "The pricing is higher than other options from Palo Alto, Fortinet, and Cisco because it is sold in a bundle."
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    Security Services Specialist Individual Contributor at a tech company with 11-50 employees
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    Reliable and has a good console that requires less effort when using, but is resource-intensive and not as easy to scale
    Pros and Cons
    • "Though I haven't been working a lot on VMware NSX, it's good to have. What I like the most about it is that its console is good, and it doesn't take a lot of effort in terms of doing my daily tasks on it or what it's meant for. VMware NSX is still a preferred product in the market."
    • "An area for improvement in VMware NSX is that it uses up more resources and is heavy on the network. What I'd like to see in the next release of the solution is more automation."

    How has it helped my organization?

    We aren't a service-based company, so in terms of improvement, VMware NSX hasn't improved our company, but we need it for business purposes because we do have clients who give us all these products, and they tell us to evaluate these products in our environment and then give them reports on those products. VMware NSX is a good product, but for us, the solution doesn't add that much value to our organization.

    What is most valuable?

    Though I haven't been working a lot on VMware NSX, it's good to have. What I like the most about it is that its console is good, and it doesn't take a lot of effort in terms of doing my daily tasks on it or what it's meant for. VMware NSX is still a preferred product in the market.

    What needs improvement?

    An area for improvement in VMware NSX is that it uses up more resources and is heavy on the network.

    What I'd like to see in the next release of the solution is more automation.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using VMware NSX for more than two years now.

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    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    VMware NSX is a stable solution. It's very reliable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    VMware NSX, In terms of scalability, particularly at the enterprise level, is hectic. It's a complex process if you want to scale it compared to its competitors. It still depends, for example, if you've been in VM all your life or if you have been a VM administrator for a long time, you'll take comfort in something new, so people tend to go for it. If it's a new customer, an upgrade, or if the entire organization is going through a revamp, the process is quite complex. On a scale of one to five, I'll rate the scalability of VMware NSX a four.

    How are customer service and support?

    VMware NSX has great support, and I have no complaints about it. The support for this solution is reasonable.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup for VMware NSX was pretty straightforward. In terms of our implementation plan, mostly we have standard SOPs that we have laid down for our implementation teams and we stick to those. It would still depend on the environment where we're going to execute it, for example, it could be on-premises or on the cloud, and we'd also take into consideration which type of cloud they have and what other technologies they have in their environment, so based on all of those, the implementation plan and how we're going to approach the implementation changes.

    How long the deployment of VMware NSX takes would depend on the client, the environment, and the requirements, but for the basic setup or initial setup where we would just get the box and the do configuration, the IP, etc., that doesn't take more than four to five days.

    Our deployment model for VMware NSX used to be on-premises, but now the deployment is mostly on the public cloud.

    What about the implementation team?

    We used consultants for the implementation of VMware NSX.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I'm unable to give information on the pricing or licensing cost of VMware NSX because I've never been someone who looks into the economic part of any security or virtualization solutions. That's handled by an entirely different team, and I don't even have the slightest idea about the costs associated with the solution, though I've heard pricing for VMware NSX is on the higher side.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We haven't evaluated other virtualization solutions apart from VMware NSX.

    What other advice do I have?

    VMware NSX is a solution I use at the company very often. My company is a partner of VMware and I analyze products such as the VMware NSX, and I give a detailed report on how the features are, what are the differences between the solution and its competitors, etc.

    Deploying VMware NSX requires a team of four, but it would still depend on the skillset. For example, two people can do the work where one is in charge of the networking and one would act as a backup. Currently, my team of five users works on VMware NSX.

    My advice to others looking into implementing the solution is to first go through the POC and the documentation before purchasing VMware NSX. Get to know the features best and find out what works for your organization and what doesn't, then take a calculated decision on whether you need the solution because some VMware solutions would be quite heavy on your environment if you are a mid-level enterprise. Other than that, VMware is a trusted name, and it has been in the market for quite some time now, and it's reliable. Though you should also evaluate other solutions, especially in terms of pricing because what I've heard is that VMware NSX is on the higher end, so it depends on what type of fees you want to check off your list. After evaluating all these factors, only then should you make that decision whether you want to go for VMware NSX or not.

    My rating for VMware NSX on a scale of one to ten is seven, particularly for virtualization. Technology-wise and implementation-wise, I'm giving the solution a seven.

    I would rate the solution a ten out of ten if it was less complex and had more automation. Currently, it's on the heavier side, for example, even the basic agent or basic software takes up a lot of space at the end-user level. VMware NSX should utilize fewer resources when it sits in your environment, so all the other users or other solutions in the environment would have ample resources to use. The solution shouldn't be heavy on the network.

    My company is a partner but not a reseller of VMware NSX.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Kolawole  Olowoporoku - PeerSpot reviewer
    Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
    Reseller
    A flexible option for managing security, but setup is complex and documentation is lacking
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "NSX could better integrate with open-source products. Of course, it integrates with some, but I know many people are uncomfortable deploying NSX with certain open-source solutions, such as Radar."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our main use case is the distributed firewall. NSX can segment every application and server based on the ports they need to communicate externally. Ports that aren't required are inactive, so we activate them for some specific applications. We can get the ports from the application guys, activate the ones we need, and then disable the rest of the ports. We've done other things with NSX, but it's just mostly about the distributed firewall.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We typically run a lot of vulnerability assessments — sometimes spam testing — and get a lot of bad results because some ports are open. I think NSX has significantly cut down on that. Right now, we have been able to fix almost all of our problems with unnecessary ports being opened and related issues. We are secure in this specific aspect, so we can log other options. 

    What is most valuable?

    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. Aside from that, there are numerous other cases where NSX comes in handy. For example, we've done intrusion prevention and implemented some next-generation firewalls for service training. We deployed some next-generation firewalls inside certain servers. Then we could bring all the traffic down that was meant to lead each server to a specific firewall. The security guys put policies on the firewall for checking signatures and hash values to contain particular security breaches within the server and prevent them from affecting the network. So we could use the particular firewall that we usually use and use it within the server close-up at the data center instead of the VH. 

    What needs improvement?

    NSX could better integrate with open-source products. Of course, it integrates with some, but I know many people are uncomfortable deploying NSX with certain open-source solutions, such as Radar. They don't integrate so well, and the integration is usually so complex that many people would rather not use them.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using VMware NSX personally for one year now, but I'm a consultant on this product, so I've deployed it for multiple customers.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We've experienced some bugs with NSX's user interface. For example, sometimes we click something, and it's not clicking. But they put out a lot of updates and patches. Also, they've added some particular boards on the applications. So with every update, they make the user interface more stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    You can scale NSX if you have the resources, but it's usually expensive and complex to scale up.

    How are customer service and support?

    VMware support is great. I would rate their support eight out of 10.

    How was the initial setup?

    The NSX setup is complex. That's one area where they could improve. Generally, it's too complicated to deploy. You can spend two or three days on it. And if you've never done it before, it might take a week. So it takes a relatively long time and lacks comprehensive end-to-end documentation. We had inadequate documentation when we implemented it, but I think it's better now. Total deployment for us took more than two weeks, but there were some breaks in that time where we stopped working on it. We weren't under any deadline. If we were pressed, we could have finished in four or five.

    After the initial setup, NSX doesn't require a whole lot of maintenance. It's mostly troubleshooting, checking error codes, etc. There is no dedicated maintenance personnel specifically for NSX. Some guys in the IT department support this solution along with several other solutions. We have about four to five people handling that side of things, but there are six of us in the whole department responsible for infrastructure.

    What was our ROI?

    It's hard to judge with new deployments because you need some time to start seeing a return. But after someone has had one or two years to achieve a mature deployment on the product, they'll generally be happy that they spent the money. After a year, I'm beginning to see the return on investment, but everyone would argue that it's still expensive for the first two or three months.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    VMware NSX is expensive.

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate VMware NSX seven out of 10. If you are considering NSX, I suggest that you practice the deployment and know your use case. Know what you want to do with it and understand why you want to use the product. Identify the security features you want to use and consider what it's doing for your infrastructure. We're still exploring the features. I'm not sure we're using all the features that come with the application. There are so many that we have not used. For now, we're looking at more use cases and expanding on that knowledge.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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    Cyber Security Division Head at TurnKey
    Real User
    Top 20
    Integrates well with Palo Alto and is reliable but lacks standard security features
    Pros and Cons
    • "NSX is good in managing security or controlling the security and the access control for each single VM."
    • "It's not feature-rich."

    What is our primary use case?

    The solution is mainly used for rolling virtual environments and private clouds. I use the product for my company and for other customers.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It's important to have whenever I need to segment or control the traffic from virtual machine to virtual machine. This was not the case without the NSX.

    What is most valuable?

    NSX is good in managing security or controlling the security and the access control for each single VM. 

    It is essential and it can be useful up to a certain level of access control. That said, if we need further detailed or further security features, we should use another product like Palo Alto or Fortinet or other competitors.

    It integrates with certain vendors like Palo Alto seamlessly.

    The product is stable. 

    We can scale the solution. 

    What needs improvement?

    It's just access controlled. It should be leveraged by adding more detailed, deep security products to facilitate the NXS. The security needs improvement. 

    It's not feature-rich. It's not doing many tasks like a Next Generation Firewall such as Palo Alto for VM or other vendors like Fortinet for virtualized environments. 

    It has to have the features from next-generation firewalls, and it needs to complement other features, as in the unified security gateway, to be a good competitor against other solutions.

    It does not integrate well with many platforms. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for a couple of years now. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Stability is not an issue. It's not buggy. It doesn't crash or freeze. the performance is good. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is a scalable product. 

    We have around 1000 or more people on the solution. Our customers use the solution. We do not use it internally. 

    How are customer service and support?

    We didn't have experience with VMware technical support. Mainly, the issues we need are covered via assistance from Palo Alto. I've never directly communicated with VMware support. 

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We didn't use any solution for the virtualized environment.

    That said, for other solutions in the market that have the same feature, we have experience. This includes Juniper, Cisco, and Palo Alto. These all have next-generation firewall features, which have been standard for 20 years now.

    How was the initial setup?

    It's intermediate in terms of ease of setup. It is not so straightforward, and it's not also complex.

     It integrates with certain vendors like Palo Alto very well. That said, other vendors, like Fortinet or others, do not have the same level of integration.

    I'd rate the process a there out of five in terms of ease of setup. 

    The deployment took three weeks the first time we did it. The strategy is mainly segmenting between operational virtual machines which have, for example, the database and the application front end on the same VLAN. If I need to segment this traffic, it wouldn't be possible without NSX.

    We have two people that can handle deployment and maintenance tasks. We need someone who understands the schema of the solution itself, the software itself, the front end and the database, and so on. Then, we also need one person from the security team.

    What about the implementation team?

    We had a consultation and fielded recommendations from a Palo Alto engineer.

    What was our ROI?

    From a security point of view, the ROI you would see would be based on making things secure. The risk is at the lowest possible levels. However, the level of security that would be improved using this solution alone isn't so good. I'd rate the ROI a two out of five as it doesn't do much on its own. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I'm not sure about licensing, as this is out of my scope as a technical engineer.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did look into other options before choosing this solution. 

    What other advice do I have?

    We are a partner. I'm using the latest version of the solution. 

    It has good features for tagging and auto-tagging and so on. That said, without another complementary solution like Palo Alto or other micro-segmentation firewall vendors, it would not be of that much use. It needs the support of other software.

    I'd rate the solution five out of ten. It lacks standard security features, which is why I rate it so low. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Head of Business Development and Partners Management at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    Great management platform, good dashboard, and easily integrates with other VMware solutions
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "They have to work more and more on the integration for public cloud services and have cyber security platform integration."

    What is our primary use case?

    This product is a software-defined data center with a cloud-native approach. We mainly use it for application migration of some of the architecture to containerized solutions.

    What is most valuable?

    The management platform is great. 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. They also integrate well with other third-party security platforms. It's very easy to give an integration of the cloud tenant of NSX. It's very easy to build and migrate a cloud project.

    What needs improvement?

    It's very complex. However, I don't work directly with it typically.

    We had started two projects for integration with OpenShift and OpenStack with NSX. It was declared by VMware that this is possible, however, the process is very tricky. The full integration was delayed to wait for a new official release. I don't know the actual stage, as this is something that happened more than a year or two ago. It was the beginning of the pandemic. In any case, the integration with OpenShift, the open-source cloud platform, at the time was in need of work and was (and remains) something required from our customers. 

    They have to work more and more on the integration for public cloud services and have cyber security platform integration.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for about five years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It seems to scale. However, we don't have enough data in order to say how much clients scale out or the performance when a company is trying to scale out an NSX-T environment. We are not a cloud provider. We don't have a cloud environment to test it.

    In terms of who is using it on our side, we have about five to seven people who have the operational capability on NSX-T. 

    In our organization, we use only a small NSX-T cluster. We have a bigger one for our lab. I can't speak to the usage of our customers where we deployed it.

    How are customer service and support?

    We're pretty satisfied with technical support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We previously used OpenShift together with OpenStack. It's a different platform. One is open-source and the other is a commercial platform with vendor support and established customers.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very simple. It's not overly complex.

    All the VMware platforms are really easy to implement. They require knowledge, of course. However, if you follow the procedure, the output is good.

    The deployment itself doesn't take more than two or three days. 

    That said, we have knowledgeable workers that have done NSX and the previous release (not the NSX-T). They have done deployments several times. That's why, each time, it's really easy to do. If you have to do that in a customer production environment, it will take say no more than one week including both the deployment in production and the training for the customer.

    We have three people that can handle deployment and maintenance tasks. 

    What about the implementation team?

    I can handle the implementation myself. We also have trained people inside our organization. We don't need the assistance of integrators or consultants.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I can't speak to the exact licensing costs of the solution.

    What other advice do I have?

    Most deployments are on-premises or via a private cloud in the case of enterprise clients.

    We started several deployments with NSX-T version 3. I can't speak to which version we are on currently.

    It works and it is powerful in terms of governance, telemetry, ease of use, and ease of deployment. The operation is very simple. Of course, you have to train someone in order to use it effectively. It's very easy to find training. For us, it's good to have a third party with enough experience in order to support other projects where we don't have enough people in order to do that.

    I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten.

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    On-premises
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    Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Feature rich, distributing routing useful, but expensive
    Pros and Cons
    • "This is a good firewall and overall it is rich in features."
    • "There are sometimes mismatch in the control, the details and what you actually see on the transport note."

    What is our primary use case?

    Have used this solution to implement PAS (PCF) and have also used it for Native Datacenter networking as part of DC refresh.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Have worked on multiple organizations with VMware NSX. It heavily depends on the use case of the solution and how well you are able to use all the features of the product. When using for K8s container platforms or a networking backed for on premises cloud using a CMP(VRA, VIO) then VMware NSX is the best SDN solution but If an organization is not able to use NSX to its full potential (Switching, Routing, Load-balancing, Firewall, IDS, IPS etc.) then its not worth it.

    What is most valuable?

    Logical routing, switching are  overall good feature of this SDN solution especially when using CMP's and distributed firewall is very attractive features for micro-segmentation.

    What needs improvement?

    In rare situation there are  mismatch in the control plane data and dataplane data i.e. the details and what you actually see on the transport note. This is rare but time consuming to troubleshoot . Additionally, there could be better integration between VMware Cloud Federation (VCF) and NSX-T. Currently, there are some limitations, for example, VCF allows just one overlay transport zone. Also there is not upgrade path from VCF 3(NSX-T 2.5.x) to VCF 4 (NSX-T 3.x)

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using the solution for approximately five years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is good and is getter better after each new release.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable. In the 2.4 version, the controller got merged to create the cluster manager, it now is even better.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support was pretty good, but recently I have had quite a few bad experiences with the support. But that really depends on the account and geographic location and multiple other factors

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We have using Cisco ACI  and it is a strong competitor. When you are not using NSX NCP then everything that you need from SDN prospective can be done in Cisco ACI except for the distributed firewall at the vnic level.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial installation feels at first a little complex because there are a lot of components, but when you get the understanding after a short time, it is fine.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I was not involved in the purchase of the solution but I hear it is on the expensive side. That is why quite a few companies are moving towards open source because there are multiple solutions such as NginX, that can do the load balancing, and Calico and Flannel can do your logical switching routing.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    If there is already VMware environment then it makes sense to use NSX-V, NSX-T as it can be integrated with other VMware automation products. But if approach it towards opensource then other SDN solutions like flannel, Nginx etc. can be evaluated depending on the use case.

    What other advice do I have?

    If you are wanting to implement this solution I would advise if your project supports it then definitely. You should have a solid use case, the solution is rich in feature sets and you should use all of them. Then only is it worth the money, if you are just buying it for your logical switching and routing, then it is not worth it.

    I rate VMware NSX a seven out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Consultant at Pi DATACENTERS
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Great micro-segmentation, distributed IPS, and IDS functionality
    Pros and Cons
    • "This solution comes with an API that can easily integrate with other solutions."
    • "Nowadays, NSX supports the KVM and ESXi hypervisors only. It should also support Hyper-V and Citrix hypervisors."

    What is our primary use case?

    I primarily use the product as network virtualization software.

    VMware NSX is a great product for network virtualization. No other vendor can offer this kind of solution up until now, and it's great for enhancing security at the virtual machine level. There is micro-segmentation, and a distributed firewall, and all network and network security components can be virtualized with the help of this NSX-T stack. It is a pioneer software solution for network security in a virtualized environment.

    How has it helped my organization?

    This solution comes with an API that can easily integrate with other solutions. 

    What is most valuable?

    NSX features include micro-segmentation, distributed IPS, IDS functionality, URL analysis, gateway firewall, logical routing, and all the staple networking solutions like DNS, DSCP, and routing. All these features are very interesting.

    The solution is stable.

    We can scale it if we need to.

    What needs improvement?

    It should support Hyper-V also. Nowadays, NSX supports the KVM and ESXi hypervisors only. It should also support Hyper-V and Citrix hypervisors.

    There have already been lots of improvements. For example, they edited the intelligent plans and added an advanced load balancer. The latest version, 4.0, really has all the features you need.

    It's a bit complex to set up the product.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have a total of around three years of experience using the NSX-T solution. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability is good architecture-wise. We haven't had any issues. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution can scale well. 

    It is not a user-based solution. We deploy it to about 20 servers. 

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We did not previously use a different solution before this product.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is a little bit complex to set up. It depends upon deployment. Either it is greenfield or brownfield deployment. If it is greenfield, it is very easy. If it is a brownfield deployment, so you need to take care of multiple scenarios of your network, and you need to understand the network architecture, then the deployment of services. 

    While deployment requires a complete team, maintenance only requires on VMware administrator. 

    What about the implementation team?

    We handled the initial setup with the help of a third-party SI team.

    What was our ROI?

    This product provides end-to-end visibility and security to your virtual environment. So it's a very huge return on investment in terms of security enhancement and maintaining cybersecurity posture.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The cost of the solution is moderate. I'd rate it three out of five in terms of affordability.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    There is no other option available for this kind of product.

    What other advice do I have?

    The product should be implemented in any IT infrastructure virtual environment. It is a must-have.

    I'd rate it a ten out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Santi-Lara Garcia - PeerSpot reviewer
    Key Account Manager - Catalonia and Baleares Islands at Red Heart
    Real User
    Integrates perfectly but must be purchased as part of a bundle package
    Pros and Cons
    • "The dashboard is comprehensive and easy to use."
    • "The solution is only sold as part of a bundle and not as an individual product."

    What is our primary use case?

    I used to sell the solution as a bundled package. My role was to find the best solutions for customers from various vendors and work with our pre-sales and solution architecture departments to present these options. I provided high-level advice and my colleagues provided technical details. 

    Our customers used the solution for segmentation and automation to secure workloads in their lower computing layer. One customer was CaixaBank, an important financial institution in Spain. 

    What is most valuable?

    The dashboard is comprehensive and easy to use. 

    The solution integrates perfectly with F5, Check Point, and other applications. Integration with vendors is very important for customers. For our CaixaBank deployment, the solution performed these integrations which included defining, automating, and applying different rules and security functionalities. 

    What needs improvement?

    The solution is only sold as part of a bundle and not as an individual product. Some customers only need vSphere or NSX for their use cases, but account executives focus on bundles so this is a problem. 

    Account executives need to talk with both systems and security staff to get a full picture of the environment's requirements. For example, systems staff have no need for the solution so they will never deploy it. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been familiar with the solution for three years. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is very stable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution is scalable and can handle deployment to thousands of devices with no issues. 

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is very, very good. Staff work hard to understand new functionalities or bug fixes that are released monthly. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The setup depends on the project scope. For example, CaixaBank's project had a very large scope that was divided into many different parts. Deployment took one year but the project is still ongoing. 

    Good deployments depend on an assessment phase where you talk with different departments before defining objectives. Discussions should occur both with systems and security staff. With proper pre-assessment, the solution operates and integrates perfectly. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The pricing is higher than other options from Palo Alto, Fortinet, and Cisco because it is sold in a bundle. 

    Customers do not know the individual price of the solution so they compare the package pricing to competitors. The solution should offer stand-alone pricing so it can be accurately compared to other options. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    There are many solutions in the market that offer similar functionality and characteristics. 

    Palo Alto, Fortinet, and Cisco offer lower prices because they are considered legacy. Segmentation is very detailed so many customers prefer legacy options for peace of mind. 

    The solution is a very, very good product that is perfect for customers who have good technical support. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I recommend the solution and rate it a seven out of ten.

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    Ravishankar KumarPatel - PeerSpot reviewer
    Business Analyst Cyber Security at Microland Limited
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    Reliable and mature with multi-cloud networking
    Pros and Cons
    • "The initial setup is straightforward."
    • "It might be nice to have more AI in the future."

    What is our primary use case?

    The solution is used for network virtualization. Normally, in my cases, I was billing it for the government clouds, for NIC, the National Informatics Computer of India. For them, I was making a cloud where a different government, a smaller government entity, wanted to buy a cloud from the government clouds.

    What is most valuable?

    Apart from the normal functionality, a few things are quite useful, including multi-cloud networking. They have container networking and load balancing. Those are quite useful in terms of when we are designing a solution.

    It's a pretty mature platform right now. 

    The initial setup is straightforward. 

    We found the solution to be stable. 

    It's scalable. 

    What needs improvement?

    I haven't found any shortcomings. 

    It might be nice to have more AI in the future. It would help keep us from redesigning every time. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've worked with the solution for four years now. 

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable and perfectly fine. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The solution can scale well. 

    We had a user base of around 1200 people.

    How are customer service and support?

    I dealt with tech support during pre-deployment, and they were fine. They were helpful when we were dealing with staging cases. I wasn't an active part of the actual deployment and can't speak of how helpful they were in that part of the process. 

    How was the initial setup?

    I was the previous architect for the NSX, not the implementer.

    My understanding is the setup process is quite straightforward. 

    Our deployment was quite big. Including the staging and all the stuff, we were able to deploy in a four-month timeframe. That is not only NSX, that is the complete deployment of the cloud. We had a few issues here and there, however, overall, it was fine. 

    It's easy to maintain for the most part. The orchestration layer for it was a bit hectic work for us. That needed a dedicated VMware team. Apart from that, everything was quite smooth for NSX or vSphere, et cetera, and it is quite simple to manage it.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The finance team handles the licensing agreements. I can't speak to the exact cost.

    What other advice do I have?

    When going for multiple OEM solutions, like Juniper, Cisco, HPE, et cetera, NSX will be quite useful. Don't go for the ACSIs and all Juniper proprietary options since future upgrades will be a bit tough if something needs to be added. Therefore, if it is a multiple OEM architecture, go for NSX, it'll be more helpful.

    I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

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