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During VMworld US 2019, VMware has announced the future release of VMware NSX-T Data Center 2.5.

Unfortunately, has happened in past, this is just a product announce, without provide the code of it and the date of General Availability (GA) release date (but I guess will be on VMworld EU 2019). I usually prefer talk about what exist now and see the release notes.

VMware NSX-T is the next generation product that provides a scalable network virtualization and micro-segmentation platform for multi-hypervisor environments, container deployments, and native workloads.

And has become the mainline product for the data center network virtualization, replacing NSX-v in the general plan of VMware.

This new release will be focused on those main areas:

  • Analytics and visibility to provide continuous data-center wide visibility for network and application security teams helping deliver a more granular and dynamic security posture, simplify compliance analysis, and streamline security operations.
  • Cloud security with a new deployment and operational mode referred to as the Native Cloud Enforced mode.
  • Security enhancements and compliance, including FIPS 140-2 compliance!
  • Operational simplicity with a single view of networking services and security policies that are applied to all workloads, whether on VMs running in a private data center, or workloads hosted in AWS or Azure.
Key focus areas in NSX-T 2.5

Probably the most interesting feature will be the NSX Intelligence: a native, distributed analytics engine that will be deep visibility in the NSX stack.

Of course there is also vRealize Network Insight, but have something native, in my opinion, will be a plus.

Combining the deep workload and network context unique to NSX, the engine provides detailed application topology visualization, automated security policy recommendations, continuous monitoring of every flow, and an audit trail of security policies, all built into the NSX management console for a single-pane-of-glass experience.

NSX Intelligence: Flow-based Visualization and Automatic Policy Recommendation

There is also a video demo:

For other new features see this blog post.