Bal Birdy

Bal is an Open Group Certified IT Architect, and VCDX #269, specializing in the network and security arena, with over 15 years experience in enterprise level network/system technologies. His goal has always been to maintain a holistic view of the architecture allowing him to understand how various technology streams may impact the networking/infrastructure space. Bal has a proven record of delivering on enterprise network designs, leading data center and site migrations as a result of business mergers and acquisitions, and vendor migrations e.g. Cisco to Checkpoint/Juniper. As part of this he worked across several business sectors: Utilities, Banking, Retail and Government, and can base designs around sector specific standards e.g. PCI-DSS, DSD and ISM. He is proficient in several technology areas including Cisco, Juniper, F5, VMware, Citrix and Microsoft. These skills are supported by non-technical certifications: Prince2 Project Management Practitioner, ITILv3, TOGAF 9.1 Certified and Open Group Certified IT Architect – Open CA. In addition to supporting the Livefire Team, Bal leads several innovation efforts within the VMware WRACE organization, including projects investigating the use of Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, AI/ML and Interactive 360, to support customer and partner enablement.Certifications: BSc (Hons) Computer Science CCNP/CCDP VCDX-NV #269 Open Group Certificated Architect Member of the Associated of Enterprise Architects

Exporting the NSX-T DFW configuration via the Policy API

Some times it’s useful to export the entire distributed firewall configuration. It could be used as an offline backup before applying configuration changes, provided to personnel who does not have direct access to the NSX manager for auditing or information, or leveraged as a starting point for a migration to a new environment. Unfortunately, NSX-T …

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NSX-T 3.0 Has Arrived

This is a big one, with some really great features: Cloud-scale Networking: NSX Federation Intrinsic Security: Distributed IDS, Micro-Segmentation for Windows Physical Servers, Time-based Firewall Rules, and a feature preview of URL Analysis Modern Apps Networking: NSX-T for vSphere with Kubernetes, container networking and security enhancements Next-Gen Telco Cloud: L3 EVPN for VM mobility, accelerated data plane performance, …

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Network & Security as a service via the NSX Policy API, Git, and Jenkins

When getting started with infrastructure automation, it is common to put together a script that sequentially performs the steps we would have done through the UI or the CLI.  There is nothing wrong with that. Still, the more I played with APIs and Automation tools, the more I realized that to really treat my infrastructure …

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