Global IT service provider implements network virtualisation for rapid provisioning to end customers

Xtravirt optimises hosting platform with VMware NSX for multiple data centres

The customer

This global provider of IT solutions and services, helps clients to secure, protect, and manage their IT environments. Over the last 25 years they have helped thousands of organisations transform their IT. Strategic partnerships ensure that they can offer the very best IT solutions.

The situation

  • Upgrade from legacy networking and security product to provide enhanced network virtualisation functionality for vCloud Director environment
  • Align to latest VMware SDDC product set
  • Enable customer to rapidly provision the networking and security services required by their end customers into multiple data centres

Our approach

  • VMware NSX for vSphere 6.1 deployed into multiple data centres to provide a network virtualisation platform for:
    • overlay networking
    • security functions
    • L4-L7 services
  • Full integration with service provider cloud based on VMware vCloud Director 5.5
  • Leveraged Trust Zones implemented on a per-VM basis via NSX for vSphere’s Distributed Firewall, to help prevent attacks in the event of a data centre perimeter security breach

Outcomes achieved

  • Ability to run customer applications anywhere within the data centre on a shared platform, while ensuring secure multitenancy
  • Customer hosting platform optimised with reduced physical network configuration complexity

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