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[Update 11/26/12: the free Nexus 1000V virtual switch is available for download from here.]

Following on the heels of the announcement of our Nexus 1000V 2.1 release last month, Cisco is today announcing a new pricing and packaging strategy for its flagship virtual switch portfolio. Starting with that new 2.1 release, which is now in beta, we will have two editions of the Nexus 1000V, an Essential Edition and an Advanced Edition. The Nexus 1000V Essential Edition will be available for free, plus a nominal annual support fee, in a move that we believe will encourage customers and our partners to proliferate what has already become the most popular virtual switch in the industry with over 6,000 customers to date.

The Nexus 1000V Essential Edition provides all the rich Layer-2 networking features to connect virtual applications to the network and integrate into VMware environments, including: VXLAN capability, Cisco vPath service insertion, integration with vCloud Director, and a plug-in for management and monitoring in VMware’s vCenter Server. This free version will enable rapid, low-risk adoption of Cisco’s virtual network technology environments.

The Advanced Edition, priced at $695 per CPU, the same price as the current 1.5 release, includes:

One can assume that over time, more Cisco specific enhancements will appear in only the Advanced Edition, whereas the Essential Edition is designed to support the existing baseline capabilities as well as all the open standards and features that allow it to interoperate in multi-vendor environments and with widely available management and orchestration tools. Technical support for both Essential Edition and Advanced Edition will be offered under standard Cisco support terms. Cisco is also creating additional pricing bundles for Nexus 1000V Advanced Edition that include UCS servers, and the ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall and the Nexus 1110 Virtual Services Appliance.

There are a couple reasons for offering a tiered Nexus 1000V licensing model now, including the no-cost version:

As a reminder of the new features of the Nexus 1000V 2.1 release:

If you recall one of my posts during VMworld, we spoke with Cisco Nexus 1000V customer, Paul O’Leary, an infrastructure specialist at King & Wood Mallesons, an international legal firm, about the new release and how excited he was about the new features we were able to show him back then:

With this new free-mium pricing model, and all the recent Nexus 1000V portfolio announcements we’ve made, including the new Nexus 1100 series virtual services appliance, the availability of the ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, the new Nexus 1000V 2.1 features, the ability to support multiple hypervisors, like Xen, KVM and Hyper-V, as well as all the VXLAN support that we were the first in the industry to provide, the momentum for Nexus 1000V couldn’t be higher. As evidenced by Paul’s video above, customers couldn’t be happier either.

And as you probably know, the Nexus 1000V continues to play an important role in Cisco’s SDN and network programmability strategy as the foundation for our virtual networking and  network overlays within the Cisco ONE framework. Stay tuned to this space as we anticipate more educational materials and announcements in the weeks ahead in this area.

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  1. I’d like to be added to the Beta of this.

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  2. I’m interested! Please add me to the beta.

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  3. If possible add me to beta, got a UCS Lab ready for testing!

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  4. Please add me to the beta program.

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  5. Does this require Enterprise Plus VMWare licensing?

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  6. Greetings!

    What is the support model for the Essentials Edition? Is it per incident, included or something else?

    This is important for Enterprise users.

    Thanks!

    Paul

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  7. Hi,

    We are very interested in testing this. We have some OpenStack (Ubuntu + KVM) installations and would love to have this working. We currently have Essex but soon will have some Folsom install too.

    Thank you!

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  8. Larus Hjartarson

    I would like to participate in the beta.

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  9. Great move to the free-mium pricing model.

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  10. I’m interested in the beta.

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  11. If possible add me to beta, got a UCS Lab ready for testing

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  12. Will the Essential Edition include Private VLAN support?
    Thanks,
    Stan

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  13. Great addition! This will help many people with their home labs.

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  14. Please can I be added to the Beta? Thanks.

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