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VMware's NSX network virtualization solution has a nasty bug

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November 1, 2016

VMware' NSX network virtualization system has a nasty bug, according to various reports we've seen on the blogosphere today.

VMware has had an issue with its NSX 6.2.3 version which was first declared unsuitable for implementation and then pulled from its distribution system entirely a few days ago.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger described that incident as a “stubbed toe”. But it's not just version 6.2.3 that has that problem. As VMware blogger Anthony Spiteri writes, just about everyone running NSX 6.2.4 will also have the same issue.

He asserts: “I can’t believe something as serious as this was missed by the quality assurance people at VMware for what is the company’s flagship product. It’s beyond me that this sort of error wasn’t picked up in testing before it was released. This one specifically impacted customers and for service providers or enterprises that upgraded in good faith, it puts tomatoes of the faces of those who approve, update and execute the upgrades that results in unhappy customers or internal users.”

Spiteri's frustration is certainly understandable, since VMware has no resolution for the problem at present. The company says it is “is actively working on a permanent fix in future NSX for vSphere releases.”

But there is however a workaround in the form of a script and accompanying procedure that VMware support will supply to the afflicted. There's only less than 1,900 of those, because NSX remains a niche concern.

However, VMware says NSX is maturing to the point at which it will be embraced by more but smaller customers. NSX is also at the heart of the Cloud Foundation product launched at VMworld, which looks to be one of VMware's key weapons with which to combat Azure Stack.

VMware's Project Goldilocks security solution also looks to have more than a little NSX under the hood. Future NSX bugs will therefore have the potential to be more than just embarrassing inconveniences.

If only because, as Spiteri says-- “VMware customers shouldn’t have to be the ones discovering these bugs!” We'll keep you posted as soon as we see a permanent fix to this bug.

Source: VMware.


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