Given the key challenges that modern IT organizations face, a non-siloed approach to meet these requirements is mandatory to reduce TCO and minimize complexity. VMware NSX-T, together with the persistent architecture of the VxBlock System 1000 platform, is uniquely positioned to address both existing use cases and the emerging challenges of the multi-cloud domain. In summary:
- The Challenge of Application Proliferation -- The increase in application volume, reduced release cycles, and the use of open sourcing tooling and techniques requires a networking and security system that is agile and responsive: one that can spin networks up ‘on the fly’ and de-commission, return, and release unused capacity on demand. Critically, this requires the ability to employ centrally managed and homogeneous security policies across domains and systems. NSX-T offers the ability to achieve this outcome.
- The emergence of the Public and Hybrid Cloud Model -- Organizations are increasingly adopting the hybrid cloud model. Workloads are increasingly mobile between on-premises infrastructure and the public cloud. IT organizations are experiencing financial and technical challenges in terms of security, networking, compliance, and operational TCO. NSX-T has been designed with the challenges of the multi-cloud in mind. Extending a uniform and homogeneous security and network policy across private, public and hybrid clouds is a key strength and unique selling point of NSX-T.
- The Use of Heterogeneous Platforms -- As businesses move towards the multi-cloud, it follows that they begin to physically place workloads on differing platforms, such as ESXi, KVM, Azure, and EC2. Although customers may have a limited influence at this level, they still require a system that provides a uniform networking and security policy across all endpoints and platforms. This is the key advantage garnered from de-coupling NSX-T from the underlying compute manager – it is endpoint agnostic.
- Application Heterogeneity -- Not only are companies increasingly using cloud native technologies (containers, Kubernetes, PKS, and OpenShift) in parallel with traditional platforms such as bare-metal and hypervisor based virtual machines (KVM and ESXi), they are beginning to ‘mix’ and ‘interweave’ these platforms and technologies at the application layer. This creates a unique security surface and operational challenge. NSX-T addresses this challenge directly using an agnostic endpoint approach and increasing support for cloud native and mixed architectures.