VMworld Europe is the event of the year for me. A week of meeting up with all kinds of IT professionals from around the world. I believe there were around 9,000 people from 90+ different countries. Apart from all the interesting people, it is geek heaven for anyone interested in virtualisation.
Being a techhead first, I always go head first into the technical sessions. This year, I attended around 18 break out sessions mostly about VMware NSX and automation subjects. Being a hybrid engineer (network & virtualisation), I thoroughly am enjoying what is happening in the networking space around virtualisation. … Read more
There were a lot of technical sessions on VMworld about VMware NSX. 30 sessions were about or touched on NSX and interest (the queue for the waiting list) were enormous, a lot of people wanting to know more.
As a network guy, my VMworld was mostly about NSX as well. I joined 7 sessions to get more acquainted and learn about best practices in designing virtual network environments. This post will summarise these best practices. As soon as the VMworld presentations will come online, I will update this post with the actual network diagrams.
Cisco has made it clear that there will be no validated design for a FlexPod with VMware NSX running as the virtual network and there will be no trifecta vendor support for the entire platform. This does not mean you’re completely barred from using it though. To be able to make use of the best of both worlds, I’ve been working to create a design that uses FlexPod as the rock solid foundation and offer the networking flexibility that VMware NSX offers. The goal is to not change the FlexPod design so that it will still be certified for support.… Read more
VMware NSX integrates networking into the virtual world. It also brings networking services to the in a distributed and much simpler fashion. One of those network services is load balancing. Using NSX, you can create virtual IP addresses which routes incoming network traffic to multiple real servers.
It works just like your regular hardware load balancer (F5, A10 Networks, etc), but in a distributed way and grouped by real servers on your computing hardware.
Making these network services virtual, means being able to deploy it very rapidly and easy. So easy, you can create a web load balancing cluster in … Read more
VMware has released a design guide for a network with NSX, Cisco Nexus 7000 and Cisco UCS computing. Perhaps it’s a small glueing attempt from VMware to Cisco, maybe it’s nothing. The thing is, I’m really happy about this design guide, there’ll be a FlexPod for NSX yet! 😉
One of the good guys, Hany Michael over at hypervizor.com, has made a few videos showing the installation ease of VMware NSX. Unfortunately us normal peasant people do not have access to NSX yet, but you can see how the installation goes. Check these out: