Illumio Advantages over VMware NSX

Simplify micro-segmentation while accelerating NSX outcomes with Illumio


We offer complete visibility across the enterprise

Visualization is a critical first step for successful micro-segmentation. We have a real-time map of workload and application communications across the entire global infrastructure – at any scale – including all data centers, clouds, hypervisors, containers, and bare-metal servers.


We work in any environment

Efficient micro-segmentation requires a solution that secures your entire enterprise ­regardless of the variety of hypervisors, operating systems, clouds, or networks. We are hypervisor, infrastructure, and cloud agnostic, for simple and consistent protection


We have automated, graphically-driven policy management

Micro-segmentation shouldn’t be complex. Our automated, intuitive policy creation workflow allows you to tune allowlist policies to the desired granularity and enforce – in a couple clicks. You save time and reduce risk innate to a more manual approach like NSX.


We provide a simple and efficient labeling system

Inconsistent workload labeling can produce complexity that generates dangerous mistakes. Illumio uses a simple four-dimensional labeling scheme that removes the chances of error. Trying to build reliable policy using randomly applied TAGs is a risky approach.


We have one unified platform, one console, one architecture

Less is more when it comes to security. With Illumio ASP, you get a unified approach to visibility and micro-segmentation in a single product. NSX requires multiple tools to try to achieve the same end, but still comes with limitations.


We are a leader in Zero Trust

Micro-segmentation is foundational to Zero Trust security. Forrester evaluates Zero Trust platform providers and recognized Illumio as the leader with the highest score in current product offering.

Interested? Here's how our 30-day trial works

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Sign up and we'll send you credentials to get started.

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You'll receive a simple step-by-step guide on how to install on hosts in your test or staging environment.

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Map, create, and test security segmentation policies at your own pace for 30 days.

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OCTOBER 2, 2019

“As a company, Illumio are hugely customer-focused and determined to see a successful delivery. They have been easy to work with throughout and beyond the implementation. Their product is exceedingly powerful and easy to use.”

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September 18, 2019

“The solution does what we needed and is not overly complicated to maintain. The user interface is logical and easy to use.”

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September 13, 2019

“Illumio has proven to be an invaluable tool in monitoring and identifying traffic flows within our network. The interface is clean and mostly easy to use (and constantly being improved and fine tuned).”

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September 23, 2019

“The product has given us visibility into our network that we have not had before. I love the efficient way Illumio lays out the visibility within our systems. The layout of the SaaS implementation is very intuitive and easy to learn.”

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July 15, 2019

“We needed to do segmentation without readdressing or migrating servers to new VLANs. Illumio’s maps show clearly who is talking to who.”

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August 26, 2019

"Very responsive pre-sales and professional services implementation team. Project management was a particular strong point."

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August 22, 2019

“One of the biggest benefits we have seen with Illumio is the ability to easily visualize data flows and dependencies between services. This has allowed us to improve solutions and tighten security without impacting service”

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September 6, 2019

“Illumio made it possible for us to move workloads from on-prem to the Azure cloud and then to the AWS cloud easily, and not compromise any of the security for our Windows workloads.”

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August 22, 2019

“We had a compliance need which required us to enable firewalls on approximately 500 internal systems within a 3-month period. Without the ability to map and visualize traffic … we would not have been able to achieve the goal within the timeline.”

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September 10, 2018

“Illumio simplified the management of firewall rules. We were able to create rules based on observed traffic while using the product in monitor mode.”

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August 8, 2019

“When we saw how much setting up traditional firewalls between all of our applications/servers, we went down the rabbit hole and discovered micro-segmentation and evaluated various vendors. Illumio was by far the best choice for us, hands down.”

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