After we announced the Free and Advanced Editions of the new Nexus 1000V release in October we were inundated with beta requests. Well, we are excited to announce that new version is now GA and available for download ahead of schedule. Note that this initial GA version currently runs only on VMware’s hypervisor, but versions for other hypervisors are coming.
Cisco’s newest release of the Nexus 1000V greatly improves the effort of installing, upgrading and managing the virtual switch fabric. New management features like the vCenter plugin and vTracker help monitor the virtual network by both the system administrator and the server administrator. The enhanced upgrade process and the intstaller app simplify deployments. Redundancy across datacenters is greatly enhanced by the introduction of support for virtual supervisor module (VSM) pairs in remote datacenters. Moreover, there is also an option in this release to extend the data center to branches, with support for branch virtual Ethernet modules (VEMs).
Nexus1000V is a feature-rich Cisco virtual switch that is now available in both Essential and Advanced editions. The Advanced version has the option of an annual technical support contract for $174 per CPU socket. The no-cost Essential edition has the option of a technical support contract for $39 per CPU socket. These support contracts provide excellent Cisco TAC help, 7x24, providing all the help and advice needed for maintaining your virtual network environment.
Existing customers of Nexus 1000V who have already purchased a license for the 1.x release will automatically upgrade to the ver 2.1 Advanced Edition (see my earlier Freemium Edition Q&A post). They can download the software from CCO and re-use their existing licenses. They will also be upgraded with the Virtual Security Gateway (VSG) license at no-cost.
In addition to these major benefits and new features, Nexus 1000V is the foundation for our programmable virtual network overlays within our Cisco ONE platform for network programmability. VXLAN, which we discuss a lot in this forum, forms the secure overlay tunnels, and the Nexus 1000V virtual supervisor module (VSM) will be programmable with OpenStack Quantum and other API’s in future releases as part of our SDN strategy.
As always, stay tuned to this space for more details, tutorials, tips and news on the Nexus 1000V virtual switch and Cisco’s virtual networking infrastructure.
Server Administrators need visibility into networking details, particularly when using Nexus 1000V. The vCenter plug-in is a software application that will be integrated fully into the vCenter server and will help admins gain a concise view of the virtual network. This plug-in is a GUI-based interface which will export the necessary network information from the Nexus 1000V virtual supervisor module (VSM), so that the administrator has the ability to view the network topology, root cause issues and deploy virtual machines with the appropriate Quality of Service and security policies.
Back with the demo is Uday Gokurn from the Nexus 1000V product management team…
The demonstration at Synergy showed the consistent deployment architecture for the Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch, NX-OS feature-set, operational workflows, and port profile based provisioning of virtual Ethernet ports (vEths) via XenCenter. Two virtual workloads – Ubuntu server and Windows Client – were shown to interact with each other as in the diagram below.
I was flying back home late last week after participating in Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 launch event in Denver. As I scanned through my email InBox I saw the John Chambers quote from an interview he had done with CRN . John’s quote is timely given our many Cisco engineering and marketing activities going on with Microsoft as well as with our key partners EMC and NetApp. Let’s take a look and see what’s happening:
UCS PowerTool delivers industry leading – and in this case this phrase is really well deserved – integration with Microsoft’s PowerShell technology affording ease of automation for deployment and rapid configuration of UCS and Microsoft applications such as Exchange and SQL Server.
Nexus 1000V enables virtual networking scenarios in Microsoft Windows Server 2012’s new Hyper-V Extensible Switch – a result of great teamwork between Microsoft and Cisco R&D organizations. View our recent WindowsITPro webinar on virtual networking and Nexus 1000V here.
These Cisco technologies and solutions bring UCS, Nexus, and UCS Manager into your environment helping to create a better datacenter for your Microsoft private clouds and applications. We will continue to work closely with Microsoft and key partners on various Microsoft/Cisco initiatives. Our combined efforts allow you more choice in determining how to spend your IT budget and a Cisco based datacenter for Microsoft applications is a good choice indeed!