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Which VMware NSX features handle networking and security?

Submitted by on January 25, 2018 – 9:11 amNo Comment

NSX handles switching as Layer 2 extensions over a Layer 3 fabric, which enables traffic across data center boundaries, as well as support for Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) networks. NSX handles dynamic routing between virtual networks performed by the hypervisor, operates scale-out/active-active failover between physical routers and also handles static and dynamic routing protocols, such as Open Shortest Path First and Border Gateway Protocol.


Distributed stateful firewalls in the hypervisor can handle up to 20 Gb of traffic bandwidth per host while supporting Active Directory (AD) and activity monitoring. NSX also provides load balancing with a Layer 4 to Layer 7 load balancer with Secure Socket Layer offload and pass-through to boost performance. Regular server health checks ensure hardware integrity.

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