VMware’s NEW Arkin NSX visibility Solution Overview
A few weeks back, VMware announced the acquisition of Arkin, with their platform (Arkin Visibility and Operations Platform) Arkin has out-of-box integrations with virtualization (ex: VMware vCenter, VMware NSX, Palo Alto Virtual Firewall) as well as physical infrastructure components (physical chassis, switches and routers), providing end to end visibility and analytics into the network.
Even though VMware has a lot of built-in feature in NSX, visibility of the networking combining the usage of VXLAN, VLANs, Hardware vTeps, Distributed firewall rules and so on makes it hard to troubleshoot in case of packet drops, firewall rules not configured properly, and seeing the direct traffic flow. Because even if NSX bring a lot of good features to the table it makes networking a lot more complex, especially those which are used to an old fashion networking stack.
So will Arkin make this a lot simpler? I decided to take a closer look at the product. (Since it wasn’t simple to get a demo license, I decided to try the online trial that they offer, which simulates a “real environment” which mixes VXLAN, VLANs and different switches (Cisco, Arista) and some dFW rules in the mix.
Read the entire article here, Arkin Overview–VMware NSX visibility
via Marius Sandbu.