A modern cloud data center will not manage without cutting-edge technologies in respect to its network components. In VMware NSX, the vendor has released a key technology that currently ranges among the market leaders in network virtualization. The solution is entirely heterogeneous and can be combined with the entire scope of virtualization technologies: VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer etc.
What's more, VMware maintains a large ecosystem of strategic partners, ensuring that the current NSX features are expanded: Palo Alto Firewall, Redhat, Trend Micro, Juniper, Riverbed, f5, RSA … to name just a few. For instance, Trend Micro provides the option of automatically isolating a compromised system within a quarantine environment, where it is cleaned and then re-integrated within the network. This feature is particularly interesting for VDA solutions.
The Trend Micro feature “Virtual Patching” is another area of use. Its purpose is to add security features to block exposed vulnerabilities when Windows OS are still needed, but can no longer be supported or patched. Naturally, this eases strain on the purse strings by cutting back on cash that would otherwise be invested in costly “Extended Support” contracts, for instance for a current Windows 2003 server. Riverbed and Palo Alto provide interfaces with which VMware NSX can automatically modify physical firewalls and load balancers, a particularly attractive solution for physical DMZ firewall systems.