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After the release of VMware NSX-T v2.0 only three months ago, now VMware has released the new version: NSX-T v2.1, that will enable advanced networking and security across these emerging app architectures, just as it does for traditional 3-tier apps.

More specifically, NSX-T 2.1 will serve as the networking and security platform for the recently announced VMware Pivotal Container Service (PKS), a Kubernetes solution jointly developed by VMware and Pivotal in collaboration with Google. NSX-T 2.1 will also introduce integration with the latest 2.0 release of Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF), serving as the networking and security engine behind PCF. In these environments, NSX-T will provide Layer 3 container networking and advanced networking services such as load balancing, micro-segmentation, and more.

The key enhancements in NSX-T v2.1 will be:

  • NSX-T Native Load Balancer & PCF and NSX-T Topology
  • Monitoring for cloud native apps
  • Loginsight integration for containers
  • Monitoring Microsegmentation with LogInsight
  • CF / NSX Components Network Container Plugin (NCP)
  • NCP is a software component provided by VMware in form of a BOSH add-on release.

NSX-T 2.1 will be generally available in Q4 of VMware’s FY’18. Also, make sure you subscribe to this blog and keep an eye out for the technical details of the new PKS and PCF 2.0 support with NSX-T 2.1, which will be coming in the next few weeks.