vRealize Network Insight (vRNI)

VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.0.0 (Arkin) is now generally available. vRNI delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security, with converged visibility across virtual and physical networks, planning and recommendations for micro-segmentation and operations management for NSX.vRealize Network Insight provides converged operations plane between virtual and physical network.

Benefits of vRNI

–Increase speed and accuracy of micro-segmentation deployment

–Rapidly operationalize NSX environments with out of the box best practice

–Modern, simple, Google-like search

–Easy access to NSX activities and security events

–Integrates with all major 3rd party network vendors with out of the box discovery of             virtual & physical topology

–Quickly onboard existing teams to operate NSX easily

Some of the Features-

East-West Traffic Analysis (Deep insight within your VMware Infrastructure)

  • East-West Traffic Flow Analysis
  • Breakdown of Data Center Traffic by East-West, VM-to-VM, VM-to-Physical, Switched, Routed, etc.
  • Get Detailed Flow stats behind each number

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Micro-Segmentation – Security Policy Automation

  • Discover vCenter and NSX constructs (folders, clusters, vlans, security tags)
  • Automated Security Groupings Based on vCenter and NSX Constructs, Workload Characteristics, Ports, Common Services
  • Recommended Security Policies / Firewall Rules (Zero-Trust Model)
  • See Network Traffic Per Host, Per VM
  • Export as CSV

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If you see above figure , “Prod-Web” vm’s having connectivity with “Prod-Midtier” , as well as Internet ,shared Physical servers and DC Physical Servers.

Have you ever seen like this , so much of visibility in your virtual infrastructure.

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Data Paths Across Overlay (vxlan) And Underlay (Physical/vLAN)

  • VM to VM, VM to Physical, VM to Internet
  • Hop-by-Hop Path across Overlay (LDRs, Edge Gateways) and Underlay (Physical VDCs & VRFs)

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Two appliances have to be deployed:

  • vRealize Network Insight Platform
  • vRealize Network Insight Proxy

Resource requirements:

  • vRealize Network Insight Platform OVA:
  1. 750 GB – HDD, Thin provisioned
  2. 32 GB RAM – Reservation – 16GB
  3.  8 cores – Reservation 4096 Mhz
  • vRealize Network Insight Proxy OVA:
  1. 4 cores – Reservation 2048 Mhz
  2. 10 GB RAM – Reservation – 5GB
  3. 150 GB – HDD, Thin provisioned
  • VMware vCenter Server (version 5.5 and 6.0).
  • To configure and use IPFIX
  • vCenter Server Credentials with privileges:
    • Distributed Switch: Modify
    • dvPort group: Modify
  • VMware ESXi:
    • 5.5 Update 2 (Build 2068190) and above
    • 6.0 Update 1b (Build 3380124) and above
  • Recommended that VMware Tools is installed on all the Virtual Machines in the data center. This helps in identifying the VM to VM traffic.

Software requirements

  •  Google Chrome browser

Installation Workflow

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PowerActions for vSphere Web Client

PowerActions integrates the vSphere Web Client and PowerCLI to provide complex automation solutions from within the standard vSphere management client.

PowerActions is deployed as a plugin for the vSphere Web Client and will allow you to execute PowerCLI commands and scripts in a vSphere Web Client integrated Powershell console.

Furthermore, administrators will be able to enhance the native WebClient capabilities with actions and reports backed by PowerCLI scripts persisted on the vSphere Web Client. Have you ever wanted to “Right Click” an object in the web client and run a PowerCLI script? Now you can!

For example I as an Administrator will be able to define a new action for the VM objects presented in the Web client, describe/back this action with a PowerCLI script, save it in a script repository within the Web client and later re-use the newly defined action straight from the VM object context (right click) menu.

Or I as an Administrator can create a PowerCLI script that reports all VMs within a Data Center that have snapshots over 30 days old, save it in a script repository within the Web client and later execute this report straight from the Datacenter object context menu.

Or better yet, why not share your pre-written scripts with the rest of the vSphere admins in your environment by simply adjusting them to the correct format and adding them to the shared script folder.

PowerActions is a plugin for the vSphere Web Client – if you manage multiple Virtual Centers from a single web client instance it will work with all registered vCenters.

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