NSX-T Easy Adoption Design Guide - NSX-T version 3.1

NSX-T Easy Adoption Design Guide - NSX-T version 3.1

VMware NSX Data Center is a full-stack Software-Defined Networking and Security platform from VMware. The full-stack solution (L2/L3 to L4-L7 services ) is flexible and scalable from a minimum footprint of two hosts to the cloud-scale need of large enterprises. This document aims to build a simplified consumption model based on two prescriptive use cases suitable for small footprint, single rack, and satellite data centers.
The two use cases offered in this design guide are:

  • A simplified security solution designed for existing workloads where the physical network retains many networking functionalities.
  • A full-stack design that primarily targets new deployments minimizing interaction with the external network while providing extensive flexibility and Network and Security services inside the solution.

The solutions presented focus on the following goals and parameters:

  • Physical network-friendly configuration – minimum configuration
  • Leverage existing knowledge base from vSphere and Security Admin
  • Exploit the features and capabilities from NSX-T to build a flexible yet consolidated solution for a variety of application needs, services (NAT, VPN, FW), and security
  • Scope of deployment meeting most common footprint for small workload, satellite DC, and hosted solutions
  • Self-contained guidance and step by step design rational

This document incorporates two main sections. Each of them addresses the two use cases at a different level.

Section 2 covers a high-level overview of the two solutions, together with their value proposition in the context of well-defined requirements and constraints. We also include a brief overview of the relevant NSX-T components.

Section 3 provides a detailed design and engineering specification for both use cases. It includes a comprehensive list of assumptions on the supporting infrastructure. Design decisions have accompanying justifications and implications for making the designs actionable and the rationale behind the choices clear and transparent.

The Appendix discusses the NSX-T Licenses in the context of the two use cases. A list of outside references is provided too.

An example of end-to-end automation for the DC in a Box use case is available at: https://github.com/vmware-nsx/dcinabox

Readers are encouraged to send feedback to NSXDesignFeedback_AT_groups_vmware_com (convert to email format).

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