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VMware preps network software to support distributed work, faster application delivery

VMware is extending its core virtual networking product family in an effort to help companies build infrastructure that can stand up to today’s challenges, including the shift to remote work and the need to securely move applications across the distributed enterprise.

The enhancements span VMware’s Tanzu, NSX and SD-WAN products, which fall under the company’s Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) architecture. VCN defines how customers can built and control network connectivity and security from the data center across the WAN to multi-cloud environments. The company’s core networking software, VMware NSX, underpins the VCN architecture, which also includes analytics capabilities.

As part of its new developments, VMware is integrating NSX Advanced Load Balancer with its Tanzu Service Mesh, which sets up an application connectivity and security fabric across Kubernetes clusters.

The idea is customers can easily launch an application that would include all required load-balancing capabilities without having to touch the infrastructure or worry about security because it would be built in, said Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager of VMware’s networking and security business unit.

NSX will also offer connectivity to Project Antrea, an open-source networking and security project that ties together Kubernetes applications across on-premises vSphere, public clouds and edge resources, Gillis said.

In addition, Gillis said NSX will ultimately get a new attribute-based policy model that will let users speed application protection by automatically defining and enforcing security based on profiles or behavior instead of traditional passwords.

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