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Get a Handle on Network Security
Higher education institutions can boost network security in campus labs and shared spaces with the micro-segmentation capabilities of VMware NSX.
ETWORK SECURITY IS A CRITICAL ISSUE for higher education, whether in the campus labs, classrooms, libraries, or residence halls. Open and easy-to-access networks are a hallmark of higher education, but that also means shared computers in labs and other common areas,
as well as students connecting with myriad devices under BYOD policies. With so many concentrated users expecting easy, anywhere access, network security clearly remains a pressing challenge.
For that reason, many school districts have moved to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Making this move can reduce operational costs in labs, libraries, and other shared areas. With a VDI, a centralized server in the data center hosts the desktop operating system, an image of which is then distributed to each user. VDI has caught on in the education realm  
- tional institutions an easy way to add security, especially to VDI. To address  known as micro-segmentation.
“With identity-based firewalls in NSX, users are given different levels of access to different parts of the network, based on their Active Directory user account.”
This security safeguard is rapidly becoming a more common protocol.

to be enforced even within the same L2 segment, thus preventing threats from moving laterally from one VM to another. This way, says Sakuta, NSX
• Policy Based Security Management: Through NSX, network security   implemented. And when the workloads are decommissioned, the security policies will be decommissioned automatically.
• Network Virtualization: Besides micro-segmentation, says Sakuta, NSX enables network virtualization. Network virtualization can drastically  automate the provisioning and lifecycle management of the networks and the networking services. NSX can also be the bridge between the public and private cloud, or any VMware environment.

in classrooms, labs, and other shared spaces, especially when combined with a VDI. VMware NSX, with its micro-segmentation capability, can give educationalinstitutionsaneasywaytoboostthesecurityoftheirvirtual networks.

AdvizeX, one of VMware’s elite partners. AdvizeX, a leader in virtualization, was named VMware’s 2017 Global Professional Services Firm.
This helps school districts to isolate the threat and achieve higher security than it ever was possible before.

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