VMware doesn’t appear to have anything earth-shattering to announce around NSX at this week’s VMworld. That’s OK — whether VMware might acquire parent company EMC is the topic that’s probably on more attendees’ minds — but VMware does have a few signs of progress to announce today for the network virtualization software.
We already know NSX has more than 700 paying customers, as VMware noted in its second-quarter earnings call. The company is now adding some detail: More than 100 NSX network deployments are in production, and more than 65 customers that have invested more than $1 million each on NSX, says Chris King, VMware’s vice president of product marketing.
The customer roster represents “pretty much the gamut of verticals,” King says.
And a few more of those customers have now been named. In a Bloomberg story published Sunday, VMware noted that DirecTV used NSX for “networking and security” during the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Customer traction is a big area for one-upsmanship between VMware’s NSX and Cisco‘s Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI). The products don’t actually do the same things — it’s possible to use them together, in fact — but the two architectures seem to frequently square off when customers start thinking about software-defined networking (SDN).
Separately, VMware has already released version 6.2 of the NSX software, although the formal announcement is slated for Monday morning. It already got a rather “meh” response from The Register for lacking any blockbuster features.
But the features are in there. Version 6.2 adds 20 of them. One example: Open vSwitch database (OVDSB) support for NSX in vSphere environments, a feature aimed at better linking NSX to the physical network, especially the top-of-rack switch, King says.
VMware is also adding cross-center vMotion, which means one NSX instance can now span multiple data centers.