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As promised in the last VMworld, now VMware has introduced two new less-expensive versions of its NSX product targeted for the mid-enterprise. Also on NSX there are now different editions with different prices and, of course, features.

The full version will be the Enterprise one (sigh… on vSphere Enterprise has gone, wasn’t better call it Enterprise Plus), the intermediate Advanced and the starter just Standard. No Essential or Essential Plus, but will be difficult and non sense (yet) apply this kind of technology to the small business.

This table summarize the different features in the different editions:

Features Standard Advanced Enterprise
Distributed switching and routing Yes Yes Yes
NSX edge firewall Yes Yes Yes
NAT Yes Yes Yes
SW L2 bridging to physical environment Yes Yes Yes
Dynamic routing with ECMP (active-active) Yes Yes Yes
API-driven automation Yes Yes Yes
Integration with vRealize and OpenStack Yes Yes Yes
Automation of security policy with vRealize Yes Yes
NSX edge load balancing Yes Yes
Distributed firewalling Yes Yes
Integration with Active Directory Yes Yes
Server activity monitoring Yes Yes
Service insertion (third-party integration) Yes Yes
Cross vCenter NSX Yes
Multi-site NSX optimizations Yes
VPN (IPSec and SSL) Yes
Remote Gateway Yes
Integration with hardware VTEPs Yes

This move is a way to increase the adoption of NSX: previously, with a list price of $5,996 per CPU socket, NSX was primarily been a technology for deep-pocketed enterprise customers. Mostly where security is a must.

Now the Standard version will have a list price at $1,995 per CPU socket, and the Advanced version priced at $4,495 per CPU socket. Maybe still too much for several customers, but more affortable for mid-enterprises. VMware is also raising the list price of its fully functional version of NSX, now called Enterprise, to $6,995 per CPU socket.

Will be interesting see if those prices may changed in the next years, like happed with the vSphere editions: really costly at the beginning, and more interesting with more customers interesting and also with more competitions (for example the new Windows Server 2016 will include it’s Network Controller).

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Andrea Mauro

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-20 and vExpert Pro. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-19. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.