VMware NSX® Intelligence™ provides a graphical user interface to visualize the security posture and network traffic flows that have occurred in your on-premises NSX-T Data Center environment.

NSX Intelligence is available for ESXi-based hosts beginning with NSX-T Data Center version 2.5. It provides the following functionalities.
  • A graphical visualization of the NSX-T components, such as groups, VMs, physical servers, IPs, and network traffic flows, in your NSX-T Data Center. The data used is based on the network traffic flows aggregated during the specified time period.
  • Recommendations for security policies, policy security groups, and services for applications. The recommendations assist you with the implementation of micro-segmentation at the application level. When you implement these recommendations, you can enforce a more dynamic security policy by correlating traffic patterns of communication that is occurring between the VMs, physical servers, and IPs in your NSX-T Data Center environment.

You need a valid license, such as an NSX Data Center Enterprise Plus license, to install, configure, and use NSX Intelligence. For information about supported licenses for NSX Intelligence, see the VMware NSX Data Center Datasheet at https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/products/nsx/vmware-nsx-datasheet.pdf.

Important: You must have an Enterprise Administrator role to have permission to install, configure, back up, restore, and upgrade the NSX Intelligence appliance.

The NSX Intelligence appliance is available for two different deployment scenarios. A small appliance is available for a lab or proof-of-concept deployment, or small-scale production environment. You can use a large appliance for a large-scale production environment. See NSX Intelligence System Requirements.

To enable the NSX Intelligence features, you must install the NSX Intelligence appliance, which is delivered separately from the NSX-T Data Center appliance. You use the NSX Manager user interface (UI) to install the NSX Intelligence appliance. See NSX Intelligence Installation and Configuration Workflow.

After you install and configure the NSX Intelligence appliance successfully, you access the NSX Intelligence features using the Plan & Troubleshoot > Discover & Plan tab in the NSX Manager UI. See "Getting Started with NSX Intelligence" in the Using and Managing VMware NSX Intelligence document.