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Announcing Cisco Nexus 1000V for VMware vSphere 6 Release

- February 2, 2015 - 6 Comments

The Cisco Nexus 1000V has been supported in VMware vSphere hypervisor since 4.0 release (August 2009) up to the current vSphere release 5.5 update 2.  We are happy to announce that the Nexus 1000V will continue to be supported in the latest vSphere 6 release which VMware recently announced. Customers who are currently running Nexus 1000V will be able to upgrade to the vSphere 6 release and the new vSphere 6 customers will have the Nexus 1000V as part of their choices for virtual networking.

Cisco is fully committed to support the Nexus 1000V product for our 10,000+ Advanced Edition customers and the thousands more using the Essential Edition software in all future releases of VMware vSphere. Cisco has a significant virtual switching R&D investment with hundreds of engineers dedicated to the Nexus 1000V platform.  The Nexus 1000V has been the industry’s leading virtual switching platform with innovations on VXLAN (industry’s first shipping VXLAN platform), and distributed zone firewall (via Virtual Security Gateway released in Jan 2011).

The Nexus 1000V also continues to be the industry’s only multi-hypervisor virtual switching solution that delivers enterprise class functionality and features across vSphere, Hyper-V and KVM.

In the last major release of the Nexus 1000V for vSphere, version 3.1 (August 2014) we added significant scaling and security features and we continue to provide subsequent updates (December 2014) with the next release planned for March 2015. The recently released capabilities include:

  • Increased scale per Nexus 1000V:
    • 250 hosts
    • 10,000 virtual ports
    • 1,000 virtual ports per host
    • 6,000 VXLAN segments with ability to scale out via BGP
  • Increased security and visibility
    • Seamless security policy from campus and WAN to datacenter with Cisco TrustSec tagging/enforcement capabilities
    • Distributed port-security for scalable anti-spoofing deployment
    • Enhanced L2 security and loop prevention with BPDU Guard
    • Protection against broadcast storms and or attacks with Storm control
    • Scalable flow accounting and statistics with Distributed Netflow
  • Ease of management via Virtual Switch Update Manager (VSUM) – a vSphere web-client plug-in

One of the common questions coming from our customers is whether VMware is still re-selling and supporting the Nexus 1000V via VMware support?

VMware has decided to no longer offer Nexus 1000V through VMware sales or sell support for the Nexus 1000V through the VMware support organization as of Feb 2nd 2015.  We want to reiterate that this has NO IMPACT on the availability and associated support from Cisco for the Nexus 1000V running in a vSphere environment.  Cisco will continue to sell Nexus 1000V and offer support contracts. Cisco encourages customers who are currently using VMware support for the Nexus 1000V to migrate their support contracts to Cisco by contacting their local Cisco Sales team to aide in this transition.

For questions or help, please reach out nexus1000vinfo@cisco.com

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6 Comments

    How about the AVS version? Will it be supported? I was reading the Release Notes for vSphere 6 and they are mentioning no support for AVS. Can you comment on that? Third-Party Switch Compatibility for ESXi Testing and certification of Cisco Nexus 1000V with vSphere 6.0 is not complete. Currently, VMware plans to support Nexus 1000V with vSphere 6.0 in traditional Nexus 1000V mode (leveraging the Virtual Supervisor Module, VSM). VMware does not support Nexus 1000V Application Virtual Switch (AVS) mode in vSphere 6.0 or any vSphere version.

    We will release a compatible release after testing/certification with GA version of vSphere 6.

    • do we know When is the New release supporting vSphere 6.0 being released??

        RJ, vSphere 6.0 will be supported in our next maintenance release in May. We released a maintenance release in Feb and 6.0 wasn't available then. If you need a beta release for testing, reach out to your account team.

        • Thank You!

  1. Are existing versions of the n1kv compatible with vSphere 6? Or will that compatibility be added in future releases? The compatibility matrix of the latest n1kv only states "5.5 and later". Not sure how to interpret that.

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