New NSX License Tier Thoughts and Transformers
Transformers – NSX-MH:
Before going into my thoughts around the features options that come with each licensing tier the release of NSX Transformers 1.0 represents a fundamental shift in the way that NSX is released in that it now is the one code base that unifies NSX-MH and NSX-V. For the moment though the 1.0 release which was available earlier in the day is only for current MH customers and we probably shouldn’t expect any release for V customers for a while…and when that drops it will be interesting to see the upgrade path and product interoprabilites.
NSX-V Edition Thoughts:
Going back to the new pricing its clear to me that this is aimed at trying to keep the momentum going for the NSBU and try to entice the market to a lower entry point, however going through the edition feature matrix I’m left a little confused at some of the choices especially for those who are looking to replace vCloud Networking and Security editions that’s set to be end of lifed later this year. (click here for details on that)
- NSX Standard Edition – For organizations needing agility and automation of the network.
- NSX Advanced Edition – For organizations needing Standard, plus a fundamentally more secure data center with micro-segmentation.
- NSX Enterprise Edition – For organizations needing Advanced, plus networking and security across multiple domains.
VMware have increased the cost of the full featured Enterprise edition which existing customers have while creating the Standard and Advanced editions. Where previously the list (USD) for NSX was $5,996 per Socket the new editions come in at $1,995, $4,995 and $6,995 per Socket. The Standard edition is well priced but taking a look through the Matrix in the official KB you are getting an extremely slimmed down version of NSX…short of the bells and whistles that make it the awesome SDN platform that it is, however I’m sure the feature set will be attractive for some.
For existing customers, as stated in the FAQ
Customers with active support contracts who have purchased NSX prior to the new licensing model goes into effect in May, 2016 will be entitled to the same functionality in the Enterprise offering.
vCNS Edition Match:
Looking at the current functionality of vCNS and then trying to match it to the available functions in each edition as per the KB there doesn’t seem to me to be a perfect fit except for the Enterprise Edition…which isn’t what those looking to upgrade from vCNS want to hear. The new NSX-V Standard Edition doesn’t include VPN, SSLVPN or Load Balancing functionality, though it does include the third party integration which I suspect would represent a large part of the current vCNS users that are not Service Providers.
|Switching Encapsulation Format|
|Replication Mode for VXLAN|
|Edge Routing (N-S)|
|Edge Routing Static – IPv4||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Edge Routing Static – IPv6||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|VLAN Trunk (sub-interface) support||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|NAT Support for NSX Edge|
|NAT Support for NSX Edge||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Third Party Integration|
|Endpoint Service Insertion – Guest Introspection||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Public API based Integration||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|TCP (L4 – L7)||No||Yes||Yes|
|Src IP Hash||No||Yes||Yes|
What about the vCAN and Service Provider Pricing?:
At this point in time I haven’t heard through any official channels of changes to the NSX Bundle options that come with the vCAN Program and I don’t really expect any changes to what currently exists for SP consumption of NSX as anything but the full Enterprise feature list would be required for SPs to take full advantage of NSX.
Time will tell if these changes lead to greater uptake of non Enterprise or Service provider customers. One thing is forsure…VMware are without question needing NSX to be a success and I’ve got no doubt that with what currently exists in addition to what’s coming in future releases NSX will continue to gain market penetration and be the defacto SDN platform going round.