What is VMware NSX?

Ivan Pepelnjak of comments on VMware’s new networking product:

Answer#1: An overlay virtual networking solution providing logical bridging (aka layer-2 forwarding or switching), logical routing (aka layer-3 switching), distributed or centralized firewalls, load balancers, NAT and VPNs.

Answer#2: A merger of Nicira NVP and VMware vCNS (a product formerly known as vShield).

Oh, and did I mention it’s actually two products, not one?

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Stephen Foskett

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