White Paper: Simplify Your VMware NSX Data Center Deployment

Introduction

Apstra AOS automates the complex task of designing, building and operating a datacenter network through a revolutionary combination of technologies. AOS provides complete lifecycle management from first boot (ZTP) to simple device OS upgrades. Everything in AOS can be managed from a separate

automation platform (ex. vRealize) by using the REST APIs. System health and remediation can be ensured in real time with the advanced capabilities of Intent Based Analytics (IBA).

Unique to the AOS/NSX-T integration is the ability to use any network vendor equipment for the physical network. Several vendors provide reference architectures for their own technology, however only Apstra offers the flexibility to select from all of the major hardware providers, with complete abstraction from the complexities of the CLI and proprietary operational challenges. This hardware-agnostic approach translates to substantial decreases in both CAPEX and OPEX.

VMware NSX-T Use Case

Virtually all modern enterprises use VMware for their virtualization and application hosting needs. ESX is the dominant hypervisor for businesses that desire high availability, maximum compatibility with open hardware platforms, and compute feature richness. VMware NSX is the market leader in server based network virtualization. NSX provides virtual network transport for virtual workloads as well as bare metal network provisioning for specific hardware vendors through the automated management of a hardware virtual tunnel endpoint (VTEP).

Because of this, AOS naturally complements vSphere and NSX, as AOS can rapidly instantiate and manage the physical IP fabric needed by vSphere to connect hosts to resources. AOS simplifies the creation and operation of the physical fabric and augments all of the capabilities within vSphere and NSX-T by abstracting the physical network into a single logical entity that is managed from a single point.