London Capital Group Deploys SDN Built on VMware's NSX platform

By Frank Griffin September 29, 2016

London Capital Group (LCG) is driven, and attributes its success to its dynamic approach for a business operational model that has no restriction on scalability. However, as the company continued to grow, it had to reassess the legacy system it had in place, because it had limitations that couldn't address the scalability the company was looking for. This has led LCG to switch to a software-defined network (SDN) deployment built on VMware’s NSX platform.

As reported by Alex Scroxton on, the company was looking to lower its data center footprint and costs, which was in part made possible with the end-of-life Dell and HP-based environments for a converged infrastructure from Nutanix.

While this was taking place, the organization was also in the process of launching a new online trading platform with overseas expansion, but Scroxton reported the company was being held back because it had an aging network infrastructure.

The decision was made to implement and optimize a network infrastructure based on VMware’s NSX platform.

The first noticeable difference with the VMWare solution was the amount of hardware the company was able to eliminate. With the software defined approach, there was a 50 percent reduction in data center floor space as it went from eight racks to four, but the company was still able to do much more because NSX allowed it to run more sophisticated, less complex services. As far as the networking, there was no need to spend on load balancers and firewalls.

Another benefit was security, because with NSX, LCG was able to integrate protection individually on every server and virtual machine (VM). So if there is a breach in the data center, the attackers will also have to individually make additional attempts to break into each server, a feature that wasn't available in the legacy system.

As LCG CIO Blair Wright told Scroxton, “This level of automation means we can roll out new services and applications across the company much more quickly, with automated security policies meaning we save the hundreds of man-hours we used to spend securing each individual environment and setting up individual firewalls.” In a trading environment, this of course becomes a critical issue, not only to protect sensitive data, but to also acquire new customers.

Wright went on to say, “VMware NSX has made it easier for us to create a competitive differentiation against our rivals. We can keep our trading platform experience up to date with the latest tools and services that customers expect.”

The VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform for the software defined data center. It embeds networking and security functionality to transform the data centers network operational model. It allows organizations to reproduce in software their entire networking environment, with a complete set of logical networking elements and services including logical switching, routing, firewalling, load balancing, VPN, QoS, and monitoring.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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