ReSTNSX - Adding Value to VMware NSX

Unleash the power of NSX with ReSTNSX.  The ReSTNSX platform provides unprecedented value for new and experienced NSX customers alike.    

ReSTNSX integrates numerous disparate tools and processes into a single, unified platform.  Our team has extensive experience designing, implementing and supporting VMware's NSX platform.  During our journey, we have discovered not only gaps in the toolsets but often capabilities that don't exist without custom scripting or programming of standalone tools.

From bulk object creation to providing a uniform user experience across NSX versions, ReSTNSX is delivering what customers, partners and service organizations demand.  Explore further to discover what is possible ... 


Management


One of the core features of ReSTNSX is the native ability to manage multiple NSX domains under a single pane of glass.  Users can easily switch between NSX Managers within the same ReSTNSX instance and copy objects and policies between within a few clicks.  By having centralized management of all NSX instances, users can quickly and consistently provision objects and services through CSV templates or simple clicks.

NSX-v and NSX-T data sources are managed under a single UI - thus providing a consistent user experience and minimizing the new technology learning curve. With ReSTNSX, users also no longer need to login to vCenter and NSX Manager.  All NSX management is extracted into a separate, dedicated appliance.


Integrated Troubleshooting Tools


One of the goals of the ReSTNSX vision is to provide an all encompassing management and troubleshooting platform for NSX.  By doing so, we have automated many tasks a user would need to perform during day-to-day operations.  ReSTNSX eliminates the need to bounce from the UI to Command-line to an API client with many integrate tools that can perform all these tasks in a single click, including:

Virtual Machine - Analyze the security posture of any VM.  This task would normally require 8 different clicks or commands

Load Balancing - Troubleshoot a load balancer configuration from end-to-end and eliminate 14 separate commands

Routing - View live NSX Edge routing configurations and status without leaving the configuration UI

Central CLI - Run pre-defined and custom CLI commands via HTTPS in the UI

API Scout - Perform pre-defined or custom API calls via HTTPS in the UI, without needing 3rd party API clients or scripting

Postman PowerCLI PowerNSX


Ease-of-Use


Every task within ReSTNSX is designed to minimize clicks.  By organizing the UI into functional areas, users are able to quickly and easily configure, monitor and troubleshoot in the same pane of glass.

Easy navigation and access to related information such as Security Group effective membership and IP Set members


Reporting


ReSTNSX runs daily collections on NSX objects and configurations.  These reports provide a summary of the environment with the capability to email the results and provide difference reports to illustrate what has changed between the last collection.


Firewall


Micro-Segmentation of NSX is very powerful for enabling security down to the VM level.  ReSTNSX not only supports all the core NSX capabilities of managing the distributed firewall (dFW) but also numerous capabilities only available through ReSTNSX, not limited to.

Copy rules and sections between sites - By importing / exporting CSVs between NSX Managers or selecting an entire Section or rule, users can quickly copy rules and objects referenced within the rule set to another location.

Synch check - Easily check the cluster and hosts where the VMs reside to ensure the dFW rules and objects have been replicated across the environment. Without ReSTNSX, users would need to login to individual ESXi hosts to verify.

Schedule - Set schedules for enforcement of any dFW rule.

 


vRNI Flows


Natively import IP flows from vRealize Network Insight (vRNI) into NSX with a few clicks.  ReSTNSX allows users to collect flows from vRNI and perform server side logic of de-duplication and optimization.  Once imported into ReSTNSX, users can further modify the rule sets by converting raw IPs to IP Sets and / or VM-IDs.  Once completed, a single click publishes to the NSX Manager of choice and can repeated against all data sources managed by ReSTNSX.  Without ReSTNSX, multiple UIs, custom scripts and manual analysis is required.


Templates


Configuration templates provide a standard method for creating multiple objects and policies with consistent results in any deployment.  Users can extract existing configurations from any given NSX domain with a single click or leverage on-box CSV-based templates to complete for greenfield deployments.  Either approach saves countless time and avoids manual errors.   These files can also be stored on-box for use in ReSTNSX workflows.

Being CSV-based, bulk creation of objects is easily performed.  No scripting or continuous right-clicking required.  With ReSTNSX, users can create 1,000 objects with just as much ease as 1.


Access to Information


Extracting NSX objects and policies often requires custom scripting or 3rd party tools.  Native to ReSTNSX is the ability to quickly and easily collect this information for review and/or use in workflows against other NSX Managers.  This information may also be used for audit review to ensure compliance.