Finding the Future of Networking and Security in NSX

How one IT professional made the transition from traditional networking and security knowledge to a new NSX Mindset.

Bruce Le started out working with Cisco technology and playing around with VMware NSX. It didn’t take him long to get serious about the potential of network virtualization.
How much of your career has been reacting to change vs. driving change?

I find I have to be reactionary and proactive. Most of my career is serving clients in the areas of networking, security, and virtualization. I’m constantly reacting to their needs by proactively looking out for the most efficient and cutting-edge technologies to recommend and implement.

What does NSX Mindset mean to you?

It’s all about my own awareness and capabilities and how I design, implement, and manage NSX when evaluating technologies for my clients.

What does a united IT strategy mean to you?

It’s a cohesive combination of strategic IT plans and actions that serve the organization’s overall business strategies.

How has network virtualization changed your organization and your career?

It has allowed me to make a strong impact on my clients’ infrastructures, and that has made a strong impact on my own career. I started out thinking this was just another trend, but I am now a true believer of VMware NSX.

What was your aha moment that led you down the path of NSX?

When I worked as a VMware consultant for the U.S. Census, I was surprised by the rich features (software routing, switching, firewall, and traffic balancing) that NSX can do compared to physical devices. The best thing is that it can be integrated to VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) for policy-driven deployment. This changed my view of how Layers 2, 3, 4, and 7 work. Best of all, my clients don’t have to buy new expensive networking and security hardware to implement these rich NSX features.

The NSX Mindset has helped me prepare myself as a leader and architect in delivering automation designs, in addition to architecting, implementing, and efficiently performing daily network and security operations.
How did you leverage your past knowledge while learning NSX?

I have over 17 years as an IT professional, with extensive knowledge in WAN design/optimization, routing, switching, and firewalls. I deployed multi-sites both within the U.S. and international infrastructures. I worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce, where I successfully deployed the entire hybrid cloud platform leveraging VMware, Dell, Cisco, and Microsoft technologies. My current project is building out an entire public cloud infrastructure that incorporates vSphere, vRA suite, vSAN, and NSX. In short, all of that made it an easy transition from traditional Cisco networking and security knowledge to NSX.