VMware NSX Best Practices from VMworld

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.


Cluster Design (types)
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vRealize Operations Manager (previously vCOps) 6.0 “Almost Here”

vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps) has been given a new name: vRealize Operations Managers (vROps) and VMware has completely reworked the old vCOps. It has a 8X greater scalability and offers unified management across vSphere and non-vSphere (Hyper-V, AWS, Bare Metal) platforms.

vROps now comes in a single virtual appliance, instead of the known virtual appliance with the “Analytics” and “UI” VMs inside it. No more two different management panes as well. The changes so far are pretty impressive for a 5.8 to 6.0 release. Here they are:

  • New Scale-Out Architecture – Data and UI are shared so no separate “Analytics”
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VMware Site Recovery Manager Updated to 5.8

This one has gone a little under the radar, but VMware has updated its Site Recovery Manager (SRM) to version 5.8 and bringing a few remarkable updates by doing so:

  • SRM has been fully integrated into the vSphere Web Client (used to be fat-client only).
  • Scalability limits have been increased dramatically:
    • Maximum of protected VMs is now 5,000.
    • Maximum of concurrent recovery tasks is now 2,000.
  • You can now map entire subnets to the IP customisation plans, instead of individual IP addresses.
  • There is now an VMware Orchestrator Plugin for SRM to automate SRM actions through Orchestrator.
  • SRM can now
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