Be aware of FUD...NSX over ACI explained

Be aware of FUD...NSX over ACI explained

There are moments where I'm very proud to work with best of breed technologies, at the bleeding edge of the industry. The reason is that I do enjoy solving business problems with innovations, and finding the right use-case for the right feature or solution. It is true that most of

VCDX-NV and the Missing Bit

As probably many of you already know, I’ve been part of the early NSX Ninjas program, leading to the obtention of both VCDX-NV and VCIX-NV. This was a great experience, however I wanted to take the opportunity to give my opinion about what I think is currently wrong with
Managing XML with Python

Managing XML with Python

When I was sorting out how to deal with XML responses thrown by SDN controllers, whether it be with Cisco APIC or NSX Manager, I made some research around how to easily achieve that with Python libraries. I found out that lxml was the quickest way to work with XML.
Integrating vSphere and NSX API’s with Python (2/2)

Integrating vSphere and NSX API’s with Python (2/2)

This post will focus on the last tasks mentioned in my Disaster Recovery scenario: Recover VMs at the simulated DR site. Connect VMs to the appropriate Logical Switch. Boot VMs and test connectivity. Check route updates on the physical network. Before going further you may want to check how to
Integrating vSphere and NSX API's with Python (1/2)

Integrating vSphere and NSX API's with Python (1/2)

It is common knowledge that NSX has great orchestration capabilities when leveraging API's. Everything you can do via the GUI can be achieved through API calls, and further integrated into some scripts. If you plan to move down this road (and you should, really!!), there are two questions you may

VMware NSX Use Case – Simplifying Disaster Recovery (Part 2)

Deploying the environment Now let's take a closer look at how to create this environment. The following picture represents the vSphere logical architecture and the associated IP scheme… … and the networks mapping: First of all you have to create three vSphere clusters: one Management Cluster and two Compute Clusters, as
VMware NSX Use Case - Simplifying Disaster Recovery (Part 1)

VMware NSX Use Case - Simplifying Disaster Recovery (Part 1)

This series of posts describes a specific use case for VMware NSX in the context of Disaster Recovery. The goal is to demonstrate the routing and programmability capabilities through a lab scenario. This first part presents the NSX components and details the use case. The second part will show how