VMware NSX® Intelligence™ provides a graphical user interface to visualize the security posture and network traffic flows that have occurred in your on-premise 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 functionality.
  • A graphical visualization of the NSX-T components, such as groups, VMs, and network flows, in your NSX-T Data Center. The data used is based on the network 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. They enable you to enforce a more dynamic security policy by correlating traffic patterns of communication that is occurring between the VMs in your NSX-T data center environment.

You can use NSX Intelligence if you have an NSX-T Data Center Enterprise Plus license or during the evaluation period if you have an NSX-T Data Center evaluation license.

Important: You must have an Enterprise Administrator role to have permission to install, configure, and use NSX Intelligence.

The NSX Intelligence appliance is available in 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 functionality, 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 Install the NSX Intelligence Appliance.

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 NSX-T Data Center Administration Guide.