2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering VMware NSX?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering VMware NSX, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Santi-Lara Garcia - PeerSpot reviewer
Key Account Manager - Catalonia and Baleares Islands at Red Heart
Real User
2022-11-03T11:17:45Z
Nov 3, 2022

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

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AANKITGUPTAA - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at Pi DATACENTERS
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-10-14T20:44:14Z
Oct 14, 2022

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.

AO
Solution architect at Emerson
Real User
2022-10-05T12:44:10Z
Oct 5, 2022

I rate VMware NSX a nine out of ten.

Preshit Lanjekar - PeerSpot reviewer
Network SME at capgemini ltd
Real User
Top 5
2022-08-15T13:07:50Z
Aug 15, 2022

It provides all the networking features under a single umbrella. So, you can go with it. It is cost-effective because you don't have to spend money on different vendors. I would rate it a seven out of ten because some of the features are missing.

MM
Cyber Security Division Head at TurnKey
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-29T14:27:52Z
Jul 29, 2022

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.

HS
General Manager at SIEC SISTEMAS
Real User
2022-07-10T15:44:43Z
Jul 10, 2022

I am not a reseller. I am an integration company. More prominent companies contract us and we work for them. I’d rate the solution nine out of ten. VMware is a very, very good product. It's used a lot here in Ecuador in a lot of enterprises and institutions.

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MadhuV - PeerSpot reviewer
Global Practice Head - Cloud and Platforms at Tech Mahindra Limited
Real User
Top 10
2022-07-03T14:39:00Z
Jul 3, 2022

I would recommend getting your case worked out well before you get into any customer environment. When it comes to an out-of-the-box feature set on the website, it is not how it really works. Do the POC before you go into a real-time production implementation. I would rate VMware NSX an eight out of ten.

Ramesh Boopathi - PeerSpot reviewer
Competency Leader - Virtualization at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2022-06-02T08:01:55Z
Jun 2, 2022

I rate VMware NSX an eight out of ten.

AD
Cloud Article at Oracle
Real User
2022-03-29T08:25:32Z
Mar 29, 2022

VMware NSX is a good product. It's the best solution in terms of the Enterprise FTN. I'm quite competent on this product, because I've been working on it for a long time, so I find it easier to use. I'm rating VMware NSX nine out of ten.

Shubham Chandra - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at HCL Technologies
Real User
Top 20
2022-02-14T15:40:06Z
Feb 14, 2022

If you are a new user and are looking for overall automation skills, then VMware vRealize Automation fits the purpose. If the new user is looking for micro-segmentation in the network space, then VMware NSX is the best solution. It has a very good capability in terms of micro-segmentation. Although, there are certain capabilities of the Layer 7 functionality, which other solutions have available, specifically from the Cisco stack. However, VMware NSX is an overall good solution when it comes to virtualization and Automation. I rate VMware NSX a nine out of ten.

BW
Consultant at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 10
2022-01-25T07:54:46Z
Jan 25, 2022

I would advise those wanting to implement this solution to give themselves a fair amount of time and make sure are working with someone who is reasonably well trained and has done it before. I rate VMware NSX an eight out of ten.

AG
IT Manager at a logistics company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2022-01-12T16:05:05Z
Jan 12, 2022

I would rate this solution 8 out of 10.

LC
Head of Business Development and Partners Management at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-12-27T19:52:54Z
Dec 27, 2021

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.

SA
Senior Vice President at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-11-23T16:31:07Z
Nov 23, 2021

I would recommend this solution but it depends on the nature of the business and how much variety of applications it is using. If you are using one, or two applications then you don't need to use virtualization at all. I rate VMware NSX an eight out of ten.

PrasadMane - PeerSpot reviewer
System Advisor IT at CRIF High Mark
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-11-13T07:56:31Z
Nov 13, 2021

I have not yet fully explored all that this solution provides. I am still analyzing it. From the knowledge and experience that I have today, I would recommend this solution. I would rate VMware NSX a five out of ten.

AA
Consultant at IBM
Real User
2021-09-29T19:02:11Z
Sep 29, 2021

We are VMware integrators and partners. I'd advise new or potential users to be aware that you will have to integrate it with other solutions. You'll need to look at how it fits in with all of your infrastructure, including IT infrastructure, for example. I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. It's been very good overall.

Ali Yazıcı - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-07-15T18:17:14Z
Jul 15, 2021

I would recommend it to others. I rate VMware NSX ten out of ten.

Mohab Samy - PeerSpot reviewer
VMware Technician Manager at VAS
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-05-21T17:51:38Z
May 21, 2021

I would recommend VMware NSX for big projects and would rate it at seven on a scale from one to ten.

GG
Senior Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-03-29T09:21:19Z
Mar 29, 2021

We are just a customer and end-user. We don't have a business relationship with VMware. We use a few different VMware products, not just NSX. We aren't necessarily using the latest version of the solution. We usually use the latest minus one or two versions. In general, I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We've been mostly quite please with it.

BY
Manager at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-03-09T13:16:59Z
Mar 9, 2021

I would recommend the solution. I would like to point out this is a vendor-lock-in solution, where the user might be confined to a certain vendor for some time before they can move on adopting other vendors. I rate VMware NSX an eight out of ten.

WJ
Senior Cloud Consultant with 201-500 employees
Reseller
Top 20
2021-02-08T10:06:39Z
Feb 8, 2021

We are consultants and integrators. We have a business relationship with VMware. I am working with both NSX-V and NSX-T. The latest one is actually NSX-T. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at an eight.

Vladimir Mlynar - PeerSpot reviewer
COO at Axians ICT Austria GmbH
MSP
Top 10
2021-01-27T12:05:45Z
Jan 27, 2021

This is a good solution, but there is always room for improvement. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

JimmyThomas - PeerSpot reviewer
Architect Enterprise Business at Mindfire Technologies LLC
MSP
Top 10
2021-01-22T18:58:23Z
Jan 22, 2021

This is a good product and I highly recommend it. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.

MD.SIHAB TALUKDAR - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at asa
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-01-14T17:10:41Z
Jan 14, 2021

It's a good product. This is a solution that I recommend. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Roger Nurse - PeerSpot reviewer
VMware NSX T/V Consulting Engineer /Solutions Architect at Onebox Solutions
Real User
2020-11-14T15:17:00Z
Nov 14, 2020

An NSX-T solution requires a solid understanding of routing/switching, IP pools, local egress, and solution design to be successful. It takes a team of both VMware and Cisco folks to collaborate to get it done right the first time. As a customer, make sure you are hiring the best resources.

AL
Senior Consultant at Deloitte
Real User
Top 5
2020-08-19T07:57:00Z
Aug 19, 2020

This is a good product and one that I recommend for anybody who does not want to change their existing infrastructure. The problem is that they have to compete with the likes of AWS and cloud providers. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

IS
Sr. Technical Specialist at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
2020-07-02T10:05:57Z
Jul 2, 2020

My advice for anybody who is researching VMware NSX is to first have an understanding of network engineering. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

AS
Network Practice Lead at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2020-06-28T08:51:00Z
Jun 28, 2020

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is to definitely start with a proof of concept. Be sure to understand your business requirements, networking, and security requirements as well. I am currently evaluating different scenarios on scalability, integration with other products, and the underlay of the solution. While it may be a good product, I think that VMware should buy a network provider that offers the entire end-to-end networking solution. I would rate this solution a five out of ten.

SR
Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-11-27T17:17:00Z
Nov 27, 2018

I would recommend this VMware product. We are not using vCloud Director.

AM
Solutions Architect at Amazon.com
Real User
2018-11-21T08:01:00Z
Nov 21, 2018

I rated this solution a nine because it's easy to use. It has a lot of capabilities, like microsegmentation, which is very good. If you're worried that NSX is too complex, I would tell you to take another look. If you compare NSX to a similar solution you might find it to be a bit more complex. Usually, the guy that comes in to implement NSX isn't the network guy and will lack the knowledge for the program. He can lack the knowledge for this program and will therefore think it's complex. You need somebody with network experience.

Andres Hurtado - PeerSpot reviewer
Director with 51-200 employees
Real User
2018-11-21T08:01:00Z
Nov 21, 2018

This solution has helped our clients save CapEx. The agility and speed of the implementation offer CapEx savings. It does and doesn't prolong software refresh. It does because there is better integration with the product. It doesn't because there are new features developing and people like to replace their hardware. They will have better chances of getting more value out of their software solutions because now they can reach more control of multiple functionalities. I would approximate that it saves the hardware for around two to three years. I have rated this product a seven because this product still needs to evolve. It's a good product but it's not great. If you are considering NSX or a similar solution I would advise that you have to adapt or die. Technology is emerging with different features. It is important to be in that conversation. You've got to move into the new trends. There are multiple solutions, and there will be different brands with different features but ultimately you have to find a solution that will meet your exact needs. To those who say NSX is complex, I would say that every master was once a disaster. In the beginning, it's going to be challenging. When you start something new, it very might well be a disaster and you will probably find it hard to navigate. Once you overcome the complexity issue, it's just a matter of perception. It's not really complex, despite what you may think. The solution is evolving, getting better. This is a smarter way to do things. This solution is at another level.

MW
Lead at Accenture
Real User
2018-11-21T08:01:00Z
Nov 21, 2018

PoC the platform before you test it. It is not so bad. We are using the VVD implementation. It is implemented together with the vRA, vROps, and other solutions.

AC
Consultant with 51-200 employees
Consultant
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

The solution is not complex. Though, you need to have some experience in networking, but just the basics that come when you work in the industry. However, if you've never worked with networking, start at the beginning, then NSX will come along easily. I recommend building your own lab and continue to keep breaking it. Break your own lab, because you'll find weird things. We have not integrated with vCloud Director as our customers are not very eager to work with automation yet.

CK
Dept. Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

I would rate this solution a nine because we maximize most of its features. We have many advantages with the cloud infrastructure. I would tell someone looking into this solution to go for it. At first, it may seem to be complex but using it will make it easier to manage jobs. Yes, its initial establishment can be complex but you will see its advantages later on.

TS
Technology Manager
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

I would rate this solution an eight because of its ease of deployment. I'm a partner so this is what I mostly care about. Also because of the ease of scalability. If you're looking into NSX or similar solutions I would recommend you to first learn about vSphere and other VMware products because it's essential in order to implement NSX. Without that knowledge, it would be hard for you to understand. And to those who think NSX is complex I would say it's not. You need to try it and see.

AL
Information Security Manager at Anana LTD
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

Get it in your environment as soon as possible. Network segmentation is hard. A lot of businesses still use the traditional three-tier system, because it has been proven, but it isn't particularly robust or secure. Realistically, it's a natural step in terms of network management to move to micro-segmentation. It just makes sense. If someone is worried that the solution is too complex, they should hire people with experience.

SA
System Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

I would recommend it to another person. We do not integrate it with vCloud Director. I don't use load balancer at the moment.

MU
System Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

NSX is a good product.

SL
Architect at Computacenter
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

I would advise a colleague at another company who is researching NSX to know how the technology can answer their customer's business use cases. For those who say NSX is complex, I would agree that it can be complex but you can abstract that complexity through automation and Service Catalogs to make it easier for end-users to consume.

ES
Engineer at DataLine - лучшая команда виртуализации VMware 2015
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

NSX can reduce costs and has good service. It is easy for you and your users to use. We have integrated this solution with vCloud Director. Without NSX you can't deploy the cloud.

Frederic Giovannacci - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer at GIP SIB
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

We had to buy new hardware in order to introduce NSX into our data center. We don't use load balancing with this solution. We don't use vCloud Director.

PD
EMEA Infrastructure Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

To those who say this solution is complex, I would say it is but not for the key user. You just need to learn the standards and mechanics for your specific product. That means that it's simple even if it's really complex beyond that.

PW
VMware Administrator at Ryanair
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

If a colleague was to ask me if it was a good idea to go ahead and put it this solution in, I would say, "Straightaway." I wouldn't have any doubts.

MR
System Administrator
Real User
2018-11-18T09:40:00Z
Nov 18, 2018

I would tell people who say that NSX is complex that it's not as complex as they think and they should definitely consider this solution. I would have rated this solution a nine, but in the last two months, we have had two incidents with them.

Related Questions
MB
User at LIMU
Nov 8, 2021
Hello community, I would like to understand the biggest differences between Cisco ACI and VMware NSX. Also, if you have any technical comparative documents, that would be very helpful. Thanks for your help!
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SB
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jun 9, 2021
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 APIC software runs. -VMware NSX doesn't have any physical network gear of its own, VMware NSX software runs on ESXi hosts(Any Vendor) & even NSX Bare Metal Edge runs on any Vendor hardware(check compatibility) -Cisco ACI offers both Underlay & Overlay functionality -VMware NSX is a software and it builds an Overlay tunnel for (VM/Container) communication on top of an already established IP network which can be build on hardware network gear (Cisco Legacy/ACI/Juniper etc.) -Cisco ACI: To use micro-segmentation on a VM or Container level you will need some other Cisco products -VMware NSX: Micro-segmentation can be done Out of the Box because DFW Distributed Firewall are applied on the vnic of a VM i.e. on the ESXi kernel. Being different in many manners but they still define the SDN realm with L2-L7 Network services and what you choose over the other may depend on many other factors like what network gear you already have or if its Green or Brownfield deployment. For example if your infra already have something other than Cisco 9K switches and is well configured then it will make more sense to use NSX to make use of all the SDN functionalities. This is just an example not a recommendation.
Nov 8, 2021
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. Cisco ACI can connect with both virtualized networks and physical networks. As with many Cisco solutions, Cisco ACI has a steep learning curve. It is not user-friendly and most of our team would like to see a better GUI. It would be great if we could test upgrades in a simulation before implementing; this could save a lot of rework and downtime. The key component for us with VMware NSX is the distributed firewall. VMware NSX can segment every application and server based on the ports with which they need to communicate. We can activate the ports we need and disable the ones we don’t. This really helps to keep things very secure and makes VMware NSX very flexible. We would like to see VMware NSX integrate better with other open-source solutions; integration can be very complex leading many to simply choose not to use VMware NSX at all. We found some maximums can be very limiting, especially with very large environments. VMware can only be used with virtualized networks. Conclusion: Cisco ACI and VMware have many similar qualities and features. The fundamental difference is that Vmware NSX’s primary focus is on virtualized networks, while Cisco ACI can connect to both virtual and physical networks. Vmware NSX can provide better levels of granularity and visibility into how your workload performs and functions. Cisco ACI does not provide this. Because Cisco ACI is more robust and can handle both physical and virtual networks, Cisco ACI might be a more appropriate solution. At the end of the day, it really depends on your organization’s ecosystem and applications, features and utilities needed, and, of course, cost of implementation. You may need one of these solutions or both.
OH
User at HL Asesoria
Aug 15, 2022
Is VMware NSX available for vSphere only or can it be installed outside of the VMware ecosystem?
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SB
Senior Infrastructure Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Apr 10, 2021
VMware NSX have many components, manager/controller can be deployed outside Vmware eco system i.e. may be on KVM but VM form factor edges cannot be deployed on KVM. In that case one can go for Bare Metal Edges. 
SC
User at Netvigator
Aug 15, 2022
VMware NSX-T is available for non-vSphere hypervisor 
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