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Product offerings for VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.x and 6.3.x (2145269)

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Purpose

This article provides information on licensing editions of VMware NSX for vSphere 6.x and list of features associated with the various licensing editions in VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2.x and 6.3.x.

Resolution

VMware NSX will be available as a platform with multiple license tiers starting May 3, 2016. The tiers of NSX licenses are as follows:

  • NSX Standard Edition – For organizations needing agility and automation of the network.
  • NSX Advanced Edition – For organizations needing Standard, plus a fundamentally more secure data center with micro-segmentation.
  • NSX Enterprise Edition – For organizations needing Advanced, plus networking and security across multiple domains.
The following table outlines specific functions available by edition. NSX is available as a single download image with license keys required to enable specific functionality.
Note: NSX Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise license keys are effective starting from NSX 6.2.2 onwards.
 
 
NSX for vSphere 6.2
Feature
Standard
Advanced
Enterprise
Hypervisors Supported
 
 
 
Platform
 
 
 
ESXi 5.5
Yes
Yes
Yes
ESXi 6.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
vCenter 5.5
Yes
Yes
Yes
vCenter 6.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cross vCenter Networking & Security
No
No
Yes
 
 
 
 
Controller Architecture
 
 
 
NSX Controller
Yes
Yes
Yes
Universal Controller for X-VC
No
No
Yes
Optimized ARP Learning, BCAST suppression
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
Switching
 
 
 
Encapsulation Format
 
 
 
VXLAN
Yes
Yes
Yes
Replication Mode for VXLAN
 
 
 
Multicast
Yes
Yes
Yes
Hybrid
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unicast
Yes
Yes
Yes
Overlay to VLAN bridging
 
 
 
SW Bridge (ESXi-based)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Hardware VTEP (OVSDB) with L2 Bridging
No
No
Yes
Universal Distributed Logical Switching (X-VC)
No
No
Yes
Multiple VTEP Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
Routing
 
 
 
Distributed Routing (IPv4 Only)
 
 
 
Distributed Routing - Static
Yes
Yes
Yes
Distributed Routing - Dynamic Routing with BGP
Yes
Yes
Yes
Distributed Routing - Dynamic Routing with OSPF
Yes
Yes
Yes
Equal Cost Multi-Pathing with Distributed Routing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Universal Distributed Logical Router (X-VC)
No
No
Yes
Dynamic Routing without Control VM (Static Only)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Active-standby Router Control VM
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
Edge Routing (N-S)
 
 
 
Edge Routing Static - IPv4
Yes
Yes
Yes
Edge Routing Static - IPv6
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dynamic Routing with NSX Edge (BGP) IPv4
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dynamic Routing with NSX Edge (OSPFv2) IPv4
Yes
Yes
Yes
Equal Cost Multi-Pathing with NSX Edge
Yes
Yes
Yes
Egress Routing Optimization in X-VC
No
No
Yes
DHCP Relay
Yes
Yes
Yes
Active-Standby NSX Edge Routing
Yes
Yes
Yes
VLAN Trunk (sub-interface) support
Yes
Yes
Yes
VXLAN Trunk (sub-interface) support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Per Interface RPF check on NSX Edge
Yes
Yes
Yes
Services
 
 
 
NAT Support for NSX Edge
 
 
 
NAT Support for NSX Edge
Yes
Yes
Yes
Source NAT
Yes
Yes
Yes
Destination NAT
Yes
Yes
Yes
Stateless NAT
 
 
 
ALG Support for NAT
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
DDI
 
 
 
DHCP Server
Yes
Yes
Yes
DHCP Relay
Yes
Yes
Yes
DNS Relay
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
VPN
 
 
 
IPSEC VPN
No
No
Yes
SSL VPN
No
No
Yes
L2 VPN (L2 extension with SSL VPN)
No
No
Yes
802.1Q Trunks over L2 VPN
No
No
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Security
 
 
 
Firewall - General
 
 
 
Single UI for Firewall Rule Enforcement - NS+ EW
No
Yes
Yes
Spoofguard
No
Yes
Yes
Firewall Logging
Yes
Yes
Yes
Rule Export
No
Yes
Yes
Auto-save & Rollback of Firewall rules
No
Yes
Yes
Granular Sections of Firewall rule table
No
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Distributed Firewall
 
 
 
DFW - L2, L3 Rules
No
Yes
Yes
DFW - vCenter Object Based Rules
No
Yes
Yes
Identity Firewall Rules (AD Integration)
No
Yes
Yes
IPFix Support for DFW
No
Yes
Yes
Context-based control of FW enforcement
(applied to objects)
No
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Edge Firewall
 
 
 
Edge Firewall
Yes
Yes
Yes
Edge High-Availability
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
Service Composer
 
 
 
Security Policy
Yes
Yes
Yes
Security Tags
Yes
Yes
Yes
vCenter Object based security groups
Yes
Yes
Yes
IPSet, MACset based security groups
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Data Security
 
 
 
Scan Guest VMs for Sensitive Data
No
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
Third Party Integration
 
 
 
Endpoint Service Insertion - Guest Introspection
Yes
Yes
Yes
Network Service Insertion
No
Yes
Yes
Public API based Integration
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
Load-Balancing
 
 
 
Edge Load-Balancing
 
 
 
Protocols
 
 
 
TCP (L4 - L7)
No
Yes
Yes
UDP
No
Yes
Yes
FTP
No
Yes
Yes
HTTP
No
Yes
Yes
HTTPS (Pass-through)
No
Yes
Yes
HTTPS (SSL Termination)
No
Yes
Yes
LB Methods
No
Yes
Yes
Round Robin
No
Yes
Yes
Src IP Hash
No
Yes
Yes
Least Connection
No
Yes
Yes
URI, URL, HTTP (L7 engine)
No
Yes
Yes
vCenter Context-aware LB
No
Yes
Yes
L7 Application Rules
No
Yes
Yes
Health Checks
 
 
 
TCP
No
Yes
Yes
ICMP
No
Yes
Yes
UDP
No
Yes
Yes
HTTP
No
Yes
Yes
HTTPS
No
Yes
Yes
Connection Throttling
No
Yes
Yes
High-Availability
No
Yes
Yes
Monitoring
 
 
 
View VIP/Pool/Server Objects
No
Yes
Yes
View VIP/Pool/Server Stats
No
Yes
Yes
Global Stats VIP Sessions
No
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
Distributed Load-Balancing
 
 
 
L4 Load-balancing
No
No
Yes (tech-preview)
Health checks
No
No
Yes (tech-preview)
 
 
 
 
Operations
 
 
 
Tools
 
 
 
Tunnel Health Monitoring
No
No
No
TraceFlow
Yes
Yes
Yes
Port-Connections Tool
No
No
No
Server Activity Monitoring
No
Yes
Yes
Flow Monitoring
No
Yes
Yes
IPFix (VDS Feature)
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
VMware Tools
 
 
 
vR Operations Manager
Yes
Yes
Yes
vR Log Insight
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cloud Management Platform
 
 
 
vRealize Automation
 
 
 
Logical Switch Creation
Yes
Yes
Yes
Distributed router creation
Yes
Yes
Yes
Distributed firewall security consumption
No
Yes
Yes
Load-balancing consumption
No
Yes
Yes
App Isolation
No
Yes
Yes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VMware Integrated OpenStack (Neutron Plugin)
 
 
 
VLAN Provider Networks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Overlay Provider Networks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Overlay Tenant Networks
Yes
Yes
Yes
Metadata Proxy Service
Yes
Yes
Yes
DHCP Server
Yes
Yes
Yes
Neutron Router - Centralized - Shared
Yes
Yes
Yes
Neutron Router - Centralized - Exclusive
Yes
Yes
Yes
Neutron Router - Distributed
Yes
Yes
Yes
Static Routes on Neutron Router
Yes
Yes
Yes
Floating IP Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
No-NAT Neutron Routers
Yes
Yes
Yes
Neutron Security Groups using Stateful Firewall
No
Yes
Yes
Port Security
Yes
Yes
Yes
Neutron L2 Gateway
Yes
Yes
Yes
Load Balancing (LBaaS)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Admin Utility ( Consistency Check, Cleanup)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cross VC Logical Networking and Security
No
No
No

vShield Endpoint License in NSX 6.2.4

vShield Endpoint is a component of vCloud Network and Security (vCNS). This component allows you to offload antivirus and anti-malware agent processing to a dedicated secure virtual appliance. With the release of NSX 6.2.4, the default license is NSX for vShield Endpoint, allowing you to manage your vShield Endpoint environment with NSX. Customers who purchased vSphere with vShield Endpoint (Essential Plus and later) will be able to download NSX. This means that NSX will appear on the vSphere download site like vCNS. To ensure customers do not use any other unlicensed NSX features (eg. VXLAN, DFW, Edge services), the license key will have hard enforcement to prevent NSX host preparation and block Edge creation.

Log Insight License in NSX 6.2.2 and later

VMware vRealize Log Insight 3.3.2 for NSX provides intelligent log analytics for NSX. Log Insight provides monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities and customizable dashboards for network virtualization, flow analysis, and alerts. The 3.3.2 version of Log Insight accepts NSX Standard/Advanced/Enterprise edition license keys issued for NSX 6.2.2 and later. This means you will have an enterprise level Log Insight license for every license of NSX.


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