VMware NSX IPFIX provides network monitoring data similar to that provided by physical devices and gives administrators a clear view of virtual network conditions.

VMware NSX virtualizes the network by allowing the network administrator the ability to decouple the network from physical hardware. This functionality makes it easy to grow and shrink the network as needed and making the network transparent to the applications traversing it.

By using NSX IPFIX in a virtualized network, the network administrators gain visibility into the virtual overlay network. The VXLAN IPFIX reporting using Netflow is enabled on the host uplink. It provides visibility on the VTEP that is encapsulating the packet, and the details of the VM that generated the inter-host traffic on an NSX Logical Switch (VXLAN).

The distributed firewall implements stateful tracking of flows. As these tracked flows go through a set of state changes, IPFIX can be used to export data about the status of that flow.

The tracked alerts include flow creation, flow denial, flow update, and flow teardown. The denied alerts are exported as syslogs.