VMware’s NSX product is the network virtualization and security platform for the software-defined data center (SDDC). It decouples the physical components from the virtual. The NSX platform delivers security to cloud computing. Some of the use cases for NSX include security at a granular level to thwart lateral threats, seamless multi-cloud networking, automation, and compliance.
Performance management tools within NSX and third-party tools are available to provide insight into the virtualized network. Performance management describes the tasks and tools to target network and application issues that negatively affect the end user’s overall experience with the service. Common types of performance management tools include application performance management (APM), network performance management (NPM), and unified performance management (UPM).
VMware NSX Performance Management Tools
VMware rounded up performance management tools to use with NSX. They are Flow Monitoring, Application Rule Manager, Endpoint Monitoring Data Collection, TraceFlow, and Packet Capture. In July 2016, VMware acquired Arkin and its performance management vRealize suite making it easier for VMware customers to use the NSX virtualized network. The suite brings visibility into the entire data center environment.
In VMware’s “Planning for operational transformation with NSX” guidebook, it outlines the best practices to monitor the virtualized network created by NSX. One suggestion recommends shopping around for third-partner management tools. VMware partnered with a few other companies to deliver visibility into the NSX virtualized network.
One such collaboration is with Gigamon. Network administrators may integrate Gigamon’s Visibility Fabric with the NSX platform. Its architecture “improves network flexibility by enabling static tools to connect to dynamic, virtualized applications.”
Another partner is Riverbed using its SteelCentral products for network and application visibility, including the SteelCentral NetProfiler and SteelCentral NetShark. The Riverbed tools will provide real-time, end-to-end visibility across the NSX network, “including all connected applications, workloads, and virtual machines (VMs).”