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Feature Comparison – #VMware vDS & #Cisco #Nexus 1000V switches

July 20, 2011

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Virtual Networking Features of the VMware vNetwork
Distributed Switch and Cisco Nexus 1000V Switches

Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches and VMware vSphere 4: Accelerate Data Center Virtualization


With VMware vNetwork, VMware is introducing a number of alternatives for virtual networking in vSphere 4. Table 1 summarizes and compares the features of these alternatives.

VMware vNetwork Standard Switch
The VMware vNetwork Standard Switch (vSS) is the base level virtual networking alternative. It extends the familiar appearance, configuration, and capabilities of the standard virtual switch (vSwitch) in VMware ESX 3.5 to ESX 4.0 and vSphere 4.

VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch
The VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch (vDS) is new with vSphere 4. The VMware vDS extends the feature set of the VMware Standard Switch, while simplifying network provisioning, monitoring, and management through an abstracted, single distributed switch representation of multiple VMware ESX and ESXi Servers in a VMware data center.

Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches
Cisco Nexus™ 1000V Series Switches are the result of a Cisco and VMware collaboration building on the VMware vNetwork third-party vSwitch API of VMware vDS and the industry-leading switching technology of the Cisco Nexus Family of switches. Featuring the Cisco NX-OS Software data center operating system, the Cisco Nexus 1000v Series extends the virtual networking feature set to a level consistent with physical Cisco switches and brings advanced data center networking, security, and operating capabilities to the vSphere environment. It provides end-to-end physical and virtual network provisioning, monitoring, and administration with virtual machine–level granularity using common and existing network tools and interfaces. The Cisco Nexus 1000V Series transparently integrates with VMware vCenter Server to provide a consistent virtual machine provisioning workflow while offering features well suited for data center–class applications, VMware View, and other mission-critical virtual machine deployments.

VMware vDistributed Switch vDS

VMware vDistributed Switch vDS

Cisco Nexus 1000V

Cisco Nexus 1000V

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