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VMware NSX 6.3

Another leading SDN product is VMware NSX. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based vendor launched NSX 6.3 earlier this year with improved scaling and a significant performance boost in multitenant environments compared with earlier operations. The new version leverages VMware vRealize Network Insight – technology it acquired from Arkin last year -- which provides management and intelligence to software-defined data center environments.

NSX 6.3 also includes features that enable micro-segmenting, including an application rule manager that makes it easy for channel partners to help clients decide which part of their infrastructure to micro-segment. During VMware's recent first fiscal quarter 2018, NSX license bookings grew over 50 percent year over year on top of the company's already 2,600 NSX customers.