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A New One-Stop Shop for Network Security Topics

Your trusty NSX blog is going through a big change.

We’re uniting our VMware security content in the newly designed VMware Security blog.  

Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to find the latest on network automation, application mobility, and load balancing. All the networking content you count on, that’s staying right here.  

However, if you’re looking for current and future articles on network security and threat research, those will now be found in a new home—a blog that centralizes security content across VMware into a single channel.    

You no longer need to switch (blog) channels for security news, insights, and resources. The newly designed VMware Security Blog will become your new one-stop-shop for key perspectives from experts, specialists, and leaders across VMware NSX, Threat Analysis Unit, and Carbon Black.  

On the new blog, you can expect to find all the network security content you know and love — including:  

  • Important insights and announcements regarding threat research, endpoint security, and network security
  • Key analysis of recent ransomware attacks, insights on techniques deployed, and how threats can be detected and mitigated
  • Infographics, data points, and award recognition illustrating the strength of VMware security solutions
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#VMwareNSXChat Recap: NSX-T 3.2

In our most recent Twitter chat, we were joined by Vivek Bhandari, Varun Santosh, and Srini Nimmagadda to answer common questions about NSX-T 3.2, its benefits, how it works, and more. Dive in below for the full recap of our NSX-T 3.2 #VMwareNSXChat.


Question 1: If you had to describe NSX-T 3.2 to a friend using just one sentence (or using just 280 characters) what would you say? #VMwareNSXChat

Varun: Stronger security, simplified networking, easy operations – what’s not to like #VMwareNSXchat!

Vivek: It’s like going from a flip phone to a touch screen smartphone. Gamechanger! #VMwareNSXChat


Question 2: What are the key Networking and Policy enhancements? #VMwareNSXChat

Varun: NSX-T 3.2 simplifies network provisioning thru prescriptive NSX deployment from vCenter, deeper integration with Antrea, Federation support for VM tag replication, enhanced migration coordinator, and enhanced monitoring and troubleshooting. #VMwareNSXChat


Question 3: What are the key security enhancements? #VMwareNSXChat

Vivek: NSX-T 3.2 is a quantum leap forward bringing advanced security in a distributed architecture. It now includes network traffic analysis (NTA) and network detection and response (NDR), malware prevention with sandboxing, L7 gateway firewall, and more. #VMwareNSXChat

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VMware Network Automation with NSX-T 3.2 and vRealize Automation

VMware Network Automation combines the modern microservices architecture of vRealize with VMware NSX network virtualization to enable rapid application rollout. The solution automates VMware NSX via VMware vRealize Automation to deliver complete workload lifecycle automation through networking, compute, and security services that make it simple to template, provision, and update complete environments. That, in turn, enables businesses to accelerate application delivery and drive overall agility.

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The latest iterations of vRealize Automation native integration with NSX-T features include multiple new capabilities, such as support for NSX-T Federation, distributed firewall configurations from NSX-T, a shared gateway across on-demand networks, and many others.

In this post, we will provide an overview of the feature-set available with this native integration. The post doesn’t aim to be exhaustive, so don’t hesitate to look at the vRealize Automation documentation for more details.

Setting up the Environment

The native integration allows for consumption of NSX-T constructs from vRealize Automation after a simple configuration.

The goal is for the cloud admin to be able to offer users a self-service catalog, through Service Broker that enables the deployment of complex topologies with consistent governance policies across the cloud — all while abstracting the underlying infrastructure and its complexity from Continue reading

NSX Year in Review: 2021

With 2022 just around the corner, we can’t help but look back at the past year. 2021 was one for the books, as the world continued to navigate the ups and downs of the pandemic and the new way of working. It was also a big year for NSX, with many firsts, releases, awards and events. Before we head into the new year, take a quick trip down memory lane with us for an NSX year in review and reminisce on all the news we shared this year:


Shared on YouTube

January, besides marking the start of the new year, was the month of the -tion’s on YouTube. Our top-viewed videos this month were the classic NSX Introduction, Micro-segmentation, Network Evolution, NSX-T Migration, and NSX-T Federation. Check out the videos and let us know in the comments if any of the information in these creations got your attention.


Introduced HCX 4.0

Roses are red, violets are blue. Have you heard? HCX 4.0 is new! This major release focused on providing enhanced visibility, reducing service downtime during upgrades, and simplifying the reconfiguration of NSX security policies post-migration. Since February, Continue reading

Guide to NSX Security at VMworld 2021

The world is changing and as a result, the ability to operationalize network security at scale is more important than ever. Organizations need the ability to monitor and protect both East-West and North-South traffic at scale without adding operational complexity or impacting the user experience. How do organizations do all this in the face of reduced budgets, increasing network complexity, radical changes throughout IT architectures and an increase in volume and sophistication of cybersecurity threats?

We’ll show you at VMworld 2021 with sessions dedicated to helping you operationalize network security at scale in today’s modern world.

To register or learn more about VMworld, visit the portal. Without further ado, check out our quick guide to NSX Security sessions at this year’s event.




Threat Prevention

Enter the NSX Giveaway – Tune In on LinkedIn

?  Do you remember the 21st night of September? ?

At VMware NSX, we sure do – and you can bet we’ll be dancing to Earth, Wind & Fire all September long. Whether or not this is your September song of choice, there’s no better way to listen to your favorite tunes than on a top-notch speaker. VMware NSX wants to help by giving away new portable Sonos Roam Speakers that you can bring wherever your grooving takes you.

Yep, you heard us – we’re hosting a giveaway! Entering for a chance to win is easy, too: just follow our new Networking & Security LinkedIn.

For an extra entry, tag a friend or colleague who would enjoy NSX content in the comments of the announcement post.

We’ll select winners from our new followers after the giveaway closes on Oct. 14, 2021. In the meantime, we’ll be listening to “September” on repeat. ?

This giveaway is limited to those living in the US. If you live somewhere else you can still participate, but we may not be able to deliver your prize. See full Terms and Conditions below. If you have questions, reach out to us on LinkedIn or Twitter. 


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Explore Future:NET for a Chance to Win a Bose Headset

Hey there, NSXers!  

The skies are blue, the sun is shining, and summer is in full swing. Whether you’re getting your summer on by grooving to some tunes, or embracing the grind at home or back in the office, there’s one thing you can count on needing: a sweet set of headphones.  

The Future:NET team is here to help! At Future:NET, industry luminaries deliver exclusive insights into all things networking – including a discussion of the lasting impacts of 2020 and predictions on the future of the industry, from app-centric connectivity to ubiquitous access across clouds. Now you can get all that Future:NET goodness — and a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones too! All you need to do is: 

1. Follow Future:NET on Twitter.


2. Watch the Looking Back, Looking Forward session. 


3. And post a screenshot of the video in the comment section of our Twitter announcement post.  

Then, we’ll select winners from thee comments and announce them on August 2. Yep, it’s that easy! 

Take your work from anywhere to the next level – with these headphones, you can groove from anywhere while you’re at it. 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void in Quebec and where prohibited. All federal, state, provincial and local laws Continue reading

Security Power Block Series: Secure Your Data Center with NSX Firewall

We get it. The world of network security is changing, and it’s hard to keep up. Between your regular duties, pressure to adapt to changing realities, and pandemic stress on both your work and home life, ita challenge to find the time to build new skills.  

Understanding that your time is precious, we’ve created a series of succinct, 30-minute, security-focused webinars that take a deep dive into the topics, strategies, and techniques you need to know. The four sessions in our Security Power Block Series will explore the new security landscape, how our unique architecture is ideal for protecting East-West traffic from modern security threats, and real-world use cases you can use to operationalize your data center security at scale.   

You can register for one, two, three, or all sessions at once and you’ll automatically receive invitations with session links that you can add directly to your calendar. Staying informed — and learning new skills — couldn’t be easier. 

Network Segmentation Made Easy  

April 14, 2021 
10:00 a.m. PT  

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Witness VMware Disrupt Enterprise Data Center Security at XFD5 

The security industry needs to wake up. Today’s attackers are too numerous and too determined to get caught by simple perimeter defenses. It’s no longer a matter of if an attack will be successful, it’s a matter of when. Security pros need to recognize this reality, stop using archaic detect and respond approaches to secure the enterprise, and start focusing on blocking the spread of attacks once they make that initial breach.  

Changing the industry won’t be easy. It will require a bold step  one that we believe we’ve taken at VMware with our distributed, software-defined approach to enterprise security. This approach gives us the ability to operationalize east-west security at scale, simplify the implementation of segmentation in just a few steps, and insert advanced threat prevention inside the data center. 

We’ll showcase these latest security advances on Thursday, March 25, starting at  at 2:00 pm PST. Broadcasting live around the world during Security Field Day 5 NSX security experts will run through simple, practical steps that security teams can take to meet Continue reading

Attend Future:NET 2021 – A Premier Networking Event

What is Future:NET? 

Sponsored by VMware, Future:NET 2021 is the premier thought leadership event on networking of the year. Scheduled for March 23 in AMER and March 24 in EMEA and APJ, the event will be simulcast live around the world—showcasing authentic, in-depth discussions led by the who’s-who of networking leaders. Come prepared to hear open, honest, and sometimes lively conversations about the future direction of networking. 

How is Future:NET 2021 Different from Previous Years? 

Future:NET has always been an invite-only, in-person event held during VMworld U.S. This year, we are taking it to the next level with a virtual format that will be broadcast live to a global audience on a new, interactive online platform. This will preserve the intimate, authentic feel of past events while allowing participants to share valuable insights with change agents around the world. 

Why Attend Future:NET? 

Future:NET is a different kind of industry event. While other networking conferences have been reduced to vendor showcases, Future:NET disallows product pitches in favor of open debates that foster in-depth conversation among professionals across the industry. This will not be a VMware showcase or a think tank. Future:NET is a vendor-agnostic industry event led by those who have forecasted, created, or disseminated change and who are lured by new technology and its ability to transform the world. Hear from luminaries such as Albert Greenberg from Azure, Bikash Koley from Google Cloud, Nick McKeown of Stanford University, Pere Monclus from VMware, and Vijoy Pandey from Continue reading