VMware NSX for vSphere

VMware NSX® Data Center is the network virtualization and security platform that enables the virtual cloud network, a software-defined approach to networking that extends across data centers, clouds, endpoints, and things. With NSX Data Center, network functions—including switching, routing, firewalling, and load balancing—are brought closer to the application and distributed across the environment. Similar to the operational model of virtual machines, networks can be provisioned and managed independent of underlying hardware. NSX Data Center reproduces the entire network model in software, enabling any network topology— from simple to complex multitier networks— to be created and provisioned in seconds. Users can create multiple virtual networks with diverse requirements, leveraging a combination of the services offered via NSX or from a broad ecosystem of third-party integrations ranging from Next-Generation Firewalls to performance management solutions to build inherently more agile and secure environments. These services can then be extended to a number of endpoints within and across clouds.

NSX Data Center enables organizations to divide the data center into distinct security segments, down to the level of the individual workload—independent from where the workload is running. IT teams can define policies for each workload based on application and user context, which ensures immediate responses to threats inside the data center and enforcement down to the application. Unlike in traditional networks, attacks that penetrate perimeter defenses can’t move laterally within the data center. Distributed stateful firewalling, embedded in the hypervisor kernel for up to 20 Gbps of firewall capacity per hypervisor host. Support for Active Directory and activity monitoring. Additionally, NSX Data Center can also provide north-south firewall capability via NSX Edge™.

NSX Data Center enables the creation of dynamic security groups and associated policies to be based on factors beyond just IP address and MAC, including VMware vCenter® objects and tags, operating system type, and Layer 7 application information to enable micro-segmentation based on the context of the application. Identity based policy using login information from VMs, Active Directory, and Mobile Device Management integration allows for security based on the user including session level security in remote and virtual desktop environments


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Certification Product Version Operating System Certification Type Status Certification Date Expiration Date
Network Firewalls current Proprietary Corporate Certified 04/03/2017