VMware NSX Data Center is the network virtualization and security platform that enables the virtual cloud network. It is a software-defined approach to networking that extends across data centers, clouds, endpoints, and edge locations. 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 that are offered by NSX. These services include micro-segmentation 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 several endpoints within and across clouds.