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

NSX-T 2.3 is out in the wild

I think this is a big one for VMware, NSX-T v2.3 has been released. For those not in the know, this is the latest multi-hypervisor version of VMware’s SDN Solution. This version of NSX brings some great new features: Support for Bare-Metal Hosts NSX Cloud Enhancements (AWS Enhancements) Security Services Support Introducing Service Insertion at …

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VMworld 2018 USA

Are you heading to VMworld 2018 in Europe, below is a summary of the sessions we attended at the USA event which may be of interest to you. See below. https://photos.app.goo.gl/pRDNrdzkVM5aUXDp6 VMworld USA 2018 recently ran in Las Vegas, August 26 – 30, and is billed as The Leading Digital Transformation industry event. I can …

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NSX-T 2.2 Released

NSX-T 2.2 has just been released, and includes a number of great new features. Read the article for further information, including a link to the release notes. What’s New? NSX Management of Workloads in Azure NSX Datacenter and NSX Cloud offers a single pane of glass for on-premise and Azure workloads Single security policy across …

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Graceful Restart in NSX

In this article we shall discuss how is Graceful Restart relevant to your design, the considerations with respect to ECMP based designs, vs HA based designs. Continue for more information. I had an interesting discussion regarding Graceful Restart recently, due to the some confusion regarding traditional networking and GR/NSF/NSR, vs NSX’s implementation, specifically about when …

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When is network introspection not network introspection

If you’ve been digging into the guest introspection setup, and spotted the network introspection driver, this article will explain it’s purpose and how it differs to network introspection. So what am I talking about? Well a colleague of mine was asking about an explanation of guest introspection (GI) vs network introspection (NI), and as they …

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Livefire has arrived …

The VMware Livefire Team are Solutions Architects tasked with providing enablement support for the VMware partner community. Expect to see more articles around all things VMware, SDDC, NSX and EUC.