VMware NSX-T Data Center: Design (v3.2)

The VMware NSX-T Data Center: Design (v3.2) course is a comprehensive program crafted for system integrators and system administrators that focus on the design principles and best practices associated with the VMware NSX-T Data Center. Throughout the course, learners will delve into various design concepts, beginning with foundational terms, frameworks, and methodologies including the VMware Validated Design™, and progressing through the core components of NSX architecture such as the management cluster, control, and data planes.The course also covers NSX Edge design, logical switching and routing, security, network services, physical infrastructure, and multi-location designs, as well as optimization techniques for NSX-T deployments. By integrating lessons on logical switching, routing architectures, and security features, the course prepares learners to effectively design and implement an NSX-T Data Center environment tailored to specific organizational needs. This knowledge is crucial for deploying, managing, and optimizing VMware's powerful network virtualization platform, the VMware NSX-T Data Center, which is pivotal for modern data center operations.

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Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • Understand the key design principles and methodologies for NSX-T Data Center deployment.
  • Recognize the architectural components and functions within NSX-T Data Center’s management, control, and data planes.
  • Design NSX Edge configurations, including VM and bare-metal form factors, with best practices for scalability and high availability.
  • Develop logical switching designs considering segment design, transport zones, and Geneve tunneling.
  • Create efficient and scalable logical routing topologies and understand routing protocol configurations for NSX-T Data Center.
  • Implement robust NSX security designs using Distributed Firewall and Gateway Firewall for comprehensive network protection.
  • Integrate stateful network services and analyze high availability modes, failover mechanisms, and load balancing considerations in NSX-T Data Center.
  • Design the physical infrastructure underlay including switch fabric designs, top-of-rack switch guidelines, and host connectivity options.
  • Plan for NSX-T Data Center deployments across multiple locations, understanding Federation architecture and stretched networking capabilities.
  • Optimize NSX-T Data Center performance by leveraging technologies like Geneve Offload, Receive Side Scaling, and enhanced datapath modes.


Target Audience

  1. The VMware NSX-T Data Center: Design [V3.2] course is aimed at professionals designing and optimizing network virtualization.

  2. Target audience for the course includes:

  • Network Architects
  • Network Design Engineers
  • Network Administrators
  • System Engineers
  • Data Center Engineers
  • Infrastructure Architects
  • Solution Architects
  • IT Managers involved in network infrastructure
  • Cloud Administrators
  • Security Engineers with a focus on network security
  • Virtualization and Cloud Consultants
  • VMware Partners and Integrators
  • Technical Support Staff working with VMware NSX environments


Course Prerequisites

To ensure a successful learning experience in the VMware NSX-T Data Center: Design [V3.2] course, participants should possess the following minimum prerequisites:

  • Understanding of enterprise switching and routing concepts, including Layer 2 bridging and Layer 3 routing.
  • Basic knowledge of TCP/IP services, including the experience with IPv4 and IPv6.
  • Familiarity with firewall concepts and network security.
  • Experience with VMware vSphere® environments and components such as ESXi and vCenter Server.
  • Awareness of virtualization concepts and how they relate to a data center environment.
  • Prior exposure to the VMware NSX® portfolio or other network virtualization platforms is beneficial but not mandatory.

These prerequisites are designed to establish a foundational understanding that will help learners to effectively engage with the course material and concepts. Remember, the goal is to build upon your current knowledge base to master the design of the VMware NSX-T Data Center environment.

Course Outline


1 Course Introduction
• Introduction and course logistics
• Course objectives

2 Design Concepts
• Identify design terms
• Describe framework and project methodology
• Describe VMware Validated Design™
• Identify customers’ requirements, assumptions, constraints, and risks
• Explain the conceptual design
• Explain the logical design
• Explain the physical design

3 NSX Architecture and Components
• Recognize the main elements in the NSX-T Data Center architecture
• Describe the NSX management cluster and the management plane
• Identify the functions and components of management, control, and data planes
• Describe the NSX Manager sizing options
• Recognize the justification and implication of NSX manager cluster design decisions
• Identify the NSX management cluster design options

4 NSX Edge Design
• Explain the leading practices for edge design
• Describe the NSX Edge VM reference designs
• Describe the bare-metal NSX Edge reference designs
• Explain the leading practices for edge cluster design
• Explain the effect of stateful services placement
• Explain the growth patterns for edge clusters
• Identify design considerations when using L2 bridging services

5 NSX Logical Switching Design
• Describe concepts and terminology in logical switching
• Identify segment and transport zone design considerations
• Identify virtual switch design considerations
• Identify uplink profile, VMware vSphere® Network I/O Control profile, and transport node profile design considerations
• Identify Geneve tunneling design considerations
• Identify BUM replication mode design considerations

6 NSX Logical Routing Design
• Explain the function and features of logical routing
• Describe NSX-T Data Center single-tier and multitier routing architectures
• Identify guidelines when selecting a routing topology
• Describe the BGP and OSPF routing protocol configuration options
• Explain gateway high availability modes of operation and failure detection mechanisms
• Identify how multitier architectures provide control over stateful service location
• Identify VRF Lite requirements and considerations
• Identify the typical NSX scalable architectures

7 NSX Security Design
• Identify different security features available in NSXT Data Center
• Describe the advantages of an NSX Distributed Firewall
• Describe the use of NSX Gateway Firewall as a perimeter firewall and as an intertenant firewall
• Determine a security policy methodology
• Recognize the NSX-T Data Center security best practices

8 NSX Network Services
• Identify the stateful services available in different edge cluster high availability modes
• Describe failover detection mechanisms
• Explain the design considerations for integrating VMware NSX® Advanced Load Balancer™ with NSX-T Data Center
• Describe stateful and stateless NSX-T Data Center NAT
• Identify benefits of NSX-T Data Center DHCP

• Identify benefits of metadata proxy
• Describe IPSec VPN and L2 VPN

9 Physical Infrastructure Design
• Identify the components of a switch fabric design
• Assess Layer 2 and Layer 3 switch fabric design implications
• Review guidelines when designing top-of-rack switches
• Review options for connecting transport hosts to the switch fabric
• Describe typical designs for VMware ESXi™ compute hypervisors with two pNICs 
• Describe typical designs for ESXi compute hypervisors with four or more pNICs
• Describe a typical design for a KVM compute hypervisor with two pNICs
• Differentiate dedicated and collapsed cluster approaches to SDDC design

10 NSX Multilocation Design
• Explain scale considerations in an NSX-T Data Center multisite design
• Describe the main components of the NSX Federation architecture
• Describe the stretched networking capability in Federation
• Describe stretched security use cases in Federation
• Compare Federation disaster recovery designs

11 NSX Optimization
• Describe Geneve Offload
• Describe the benefits of Receive Side Scaling and Geneve Rx Filters
• Explain the benefits of SSL Offload
• Describe the effect of Multi-TEP, MTU size, and NIC speed on throughput
• Explain the available N-VDS enhanced datapath modes and use cases
• List the key performance factors for compute nodes and NSX Edge nodes

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