In this post, Introduction to NSX-T and NSX-T features, I will discuss what is VMware NSX-T and what are the capabilities or features of the VMware NSX-T product.
What is VMware NSX-T?
VMware NSX-T Data Center is a multi-hypervisor network virtualization and security platform which provides the networking and security services to the virtual machines running on ESXi/KVM hypervisors, containers, AWS instances, etc, a feature-rich product from VMware.
VMware has released VMware NSX-T 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 and 2.1, where VMware NSX-T 2.1 being the latest release version available.
NSX-T 2.1 Part 01: Introduction and NSX-T features and Capabilities
In this video, I have explained what is VMware NSX-T and what are the capabilities of VMware NSX-T product.
VMware NSX-T features:
- Multi-hypervisor support: ESXi/KVM
- Decoupled from the vCenter
- Separate GUI to manage the NSX-T
- Any Compute: Virtual Machines, Containers, OpenStack instances, AWS instances, Kubernetes, PKS, PAS
- Single node NSX Management cluster
- Three node Control Plane Cluster
- Fabric Node preparation from NSX Manager
- Geneve encapsulation
- nsx-vswitch implements the hostswitch on the ESXi, where the KVM hosts leverages the OVS.
- Logical switches are Opaque Networks in vCenter Server
- Distributed Routing:
- Tier-0 Logical Router, Tier-1 Logical Router
- 4-byte ASN
- NAT on Tier-1/Tier-0 Logical Routers
- Route Maps
- Null Routes
- Loopback interface
- Logical Routers (Tier-0 & Tier-1) have,
- Distributed Router
- Service Router components.
- NSX Edges are empty containers and hosts the Distributed and Service Router Components.
- No Dynamic Routing protocols between Tier-1 and Tier-0 Logical Router
- Distributed Firewall & Edge firewall
- Tier-0 Logical router in High availability mode (Active/Active or Active/Standby)
- Tier-1 Logical Router in High availability mode (Active/Standby)
- IP Management:
- OpenStack support
- Duplicate IP Detection
- REST API support
- Port Connectivity
- Tech support bundle
- NSXCLI command line
- Port mirroring
- Upgrade Coordinator
- Log insight content pack