Before you start to deploy the VMware NSX® Application Platform, get familiar with an overview of its purpose and the prerequisites you must meet to successfully deploy the platform.


The NSX Application Platform is a modern microservices platform that hosts the following NSX features that collect, ingest, and correlate network traffic data in your NSX environment.
  • VMware NSX® Intelligence™
  • VMware NSX® Network Detection and Response™
  • VMware NSX® Malware Prevention
  • VMware NSX® Metrics

As network traffic data is produced, captured, and analyzed, the NSX Application Platform provides the platform that can be scaled out to meet the needs of these data-intensive features and the core services that support them.

Following is a list of some of the core services utilized by these NSX features. These services can be scaled out as the need arises.
  • Messaging
  • Analytics
  • Data Storage
  • Metrics

The NSX Application Platform is available beginning with NSX 3.2. After you meet the minimum system prerequisites and prepare for any existing analytics data that you want migrated from previous NSX Intelligence installation, you can deploy the platform using the NSX Manager user interface.

Once the platform is deployed, you can activate any of the NSX feature features previously mentioned. The system prerequisites assigned for each feature must also be met in order to activate it. See NSX Features Available on the NSX Application Platform for brief descriptions about these features.