ReST NSX - Your API Provisioning Platform
In today's world, speed is everything. Software Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) enable unrivaled flexibility and efficiencies but Administrators often lack the tools needed to take advantage of all its possibilities.
ReST NSX is a quick and easy to use, HTML5 GUI driven configuration tool for VMware NSX –v and –T customers who wish to automate, simplify and accelerate the deployment of complex policies and settings in scale. In some situations, custom API calls are required to access certain capabilities. ReST NSX easily brings all the NSX features and power of custom REST API to your fingertips with no knowledge of coding.
Most organizations do not have the expertise to code, deploy and maintain these custom written scripts that implement NSX REST API calls. ReST NSX enables your organization to focus on easy policy and configuration definition for small and large deployments alike.
With pre-defined workflows for NSX Network, Security and Infrastructure components, ReST NSX enables simple API configuration through an easy to use GUI. By manually entering data, to dynamic .CSV imports, ReST NSX provides provisioning flexibility leveraging a database driven back-end.
In addition to the base API calls, ReST NSX also provides error detection/handling to keep the experience frustration free. By ensuring compliance with the XML/JSON schema, ReST NSX maintains ease-of-use in the face of complex API calls.
ReST NSX provides duplicate object detection for conflicting entries upon export to NSX Manager. Without ReST NSX, this equivalent functionality must be custom coded via a programming language such as Python as NSX Manager will allow duplicate objects to be injected.
Customers often require a large number of NSX objects with no way to easily create and manage them. Instead of leveraging the NSX GUI for one-by-one definition, they rely upon the NSX REST API.
Implementing 100's (and in some cases 1000's) of security tags requires defining each one and then linking the tags to the groups. In these scenarios, the REST API is almost a requirement. With ReSTNSX, not a single line of code is required for accessing the REST API. Users are able to create one or many NSX objects via a few clicks of the mouse.
Once created and deployed to NSX Manager, users can also leverage a feature of ReST NSX to retrieve the objects for further modifications in the same easy manner as they were created.
In addition to the base workflows, ReST NSX enables custom workflow creation and .CSV import based upon the objects of interest. Once the user has selected the objects to be provisioned, a template .CSV file is created for the user to complete and upload.
ReST NSX has other use cases outside of object provisioning that help solve real challenges. For example, VMWare does not support restoring from a full NSX backup if it is not against the same vCenter. The reason for this are that objects in NSX might be utilizing unique ID's or GUID's for objects in vCenter (ie. Security Tags attached to VM's in which the VM's GUID is unique to the vCenter inventory it is apart of). ReST NSX has predefined wizards that allow backup of partial or all data and also allowing restore of NSX to another NSX Manager that could be attached to a completely separate vCenter. From getting complete backups for Audit or provisioning between lab/dev/test/prod, ReST NSX allows Administrators that flexibility. ReSTNSX supports multiple data sources under a single management interface.