VMware has now released a new version of their top software-defined networking product, NSX-T 2.4. This is a major release for VMware's SDN solution and comes with a variety of new and revamped features.
Previous releases of NSX-T has introduced Geneve protocol to create tunnels across transport nodes, and that’s where the overlay traffic flows - it is one of the features setting NSX-T apart from NSX-V which still relies on VXLAN. As you probably already heard, NSX-T is a product targeted at multi-hypervisor environments, while NSX-V is a product strongly connected with the traditional VMware vSphere ecosystem. VMware recommends (having in mind brand new deployments in particular) going straight for NSX-T.
This release is made for simplicity and ease of use with a migration wizard built-in which should make the transition from NSX-V to NSX-T easier and far more realistic.
VMware NSX-T 2.4 – What's New?
- Fewer VMs for Installation – with NSX-T 2.4, the management and control planes have been merged causing the overall number of management VMs to drop significantly;
- Simplified UI – pretty self-explanatory;
- Provision with single API call – just as the UI has been revamped to allow users to perform tasks with less clicks, the number of API calls required to, for example, setup a new network, has been greatly reduced.
- Reboot-less maintenance mode upgrades