2018 brought another minor release of VMware NSX 6.4, but they made several enhancements to the Application Rule Manager including improved context awareness, automatic recommendations for firewall rule sets, and easier and faster time to value for Day 2 operations. In this video, we’ll go through the enhancements and show how to deliver faster, and easier, micro-segmentation. In addition to the policies being more intuitive and application driven, VMware is also spending a lot of time working on modeling around the people and processes involved in NSX deployments and the implementation of micro-segmentation, and we continue to add tools that help users be successful in their deployments.
For example, there has been widespread use of vRealize Network Insight to gain broad visibility, helping users and administrators get the bigger picture of what’s going across the entire data center. Starting in NSX for vSphere 6.3, Application Rule Manager, then takes the allowed flows observed in the network and pushes policies directly into the distributed firewall within a few clicks. With NSX for vSphere 6.4, Application Rule Manager not only suggests rules, but also suggests application security groups to help build a more cohesive and manageable micro-segmentation strategy across the data center. One customer in the Beta program was using Application Rule Manager for the first time and found that it took them one-third of the time to micro-segment their applications.
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