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The Next Evolution of Cisco’s Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch to be Featured at VMworld

August 24, 2012 - 6 Comments
Remote Active - Standby VSM pairs

VSM's across remote data centers

Nothing sits around and gets stale for long at Cisco (outside the break rooms anyway). On the heels of shipping our Nexus 1000V 1.5.2 release earlier this week (which you can download from here), we are ramping up to show the upcoming generation of the virtual switch next week at VMworld in San Francisco. This new major release 2.1 will be going into beta in October, and will represent a quantum leap in ease of deployment and management, as well as greater security for cloud environments.

Features of the new Nexus 1000V 2.1 Release:

  • vCenter Plug-in – Provides a holistic view of the virtual network to the server administrator from within VMware vCenter. A Nexus 1000V dashboard in vCenter shows the virtual supervisor module (VSM) and virtual ethernet module (VEM) details, such as VSM health status, license information, PNIC information, connected VM’s, et al.
  • Support for Cisco TrustSec – Extends Cisco TrustSec security solutions for network-based segmentation of users and physical workloads to virtual workloads, leveraging Security Group Tags (SGT) for defining security segments. Data center segmentation and consistent security policy enforcement can now be implemented across physical and virtual workloads.
  • Cross Data Center High-availability – Supports split Active and Standby Nexus 1000V Virtual Supervisor Modules (VSMs) across two data centers to implement cross-DC clusters and VM mobility while ensuring high availability. In addition, VSM’s in the data center can support VEM’s at remote branch offices.
  • Enhanced Installer App – Simplifies the installation process by providing a single pane of glass for all steps.
  • Simplified upgrade process – Supports manual upgrades to a new version of Nexus 1000V on selective host(s) at a time. This allows flexibility in scheduling upgrades on a per-host basis, thus enabling incremental upgrades even during short maintenance windows.
  • vTracker –  Offers added visibility into virtual and physical networks (such as VM name, upstream network info and vMotion events). vTracker puts different network “views” right at your fingertips: vMotion view, VLAN view, VM vNIC view, VM-info view, Module PNIC view, Fabric view.
vTracker vMotion view

vTracker vMotion view

When you put it all together, Nexus 1000V continues to provide the foundation for the most advanced virtual networks. Advantages of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch compared to other virtual switches:

  • 6000+ customers with some customers purchasing 1000+ CPU licenses
  • Support for a wide range of hypervisor environments, including VMware vSphere, and Microsoft Windows 2012 Server Hyper-V (currently in beta with Microsoft and large enterprise and service provider customers). Support for open source hypervisors has also been announced for later releases.
  • The most extensive set of virtual network services, including ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall, VSG zone-based virtual firewall, vWAAS WAN optimization, the Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V, and Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM) and built on Cisco’s advanced service insertion and chaining technology, vPath.
  • Feature and management consistency with Cisco Nexus data center switches for seamless integration with the physical infrastructure.
  • A true management control plane (with the Nexus 1000V virtual supervisor module) that provides greater policy and control features for richer networking functionality.
  • Complete control of networking and security policies by the networking team, thus freeing the server/virtualization team to focus on VM administration and enabling true separation of duties.

In addition to these major new features, Nexus 1000V is the foundation for our programmable virtual network overlays within our Cisco ONE platform for network programmability. VXLAN, which we cover a lot about 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.

We’ll be showing a lot these features next week, as well as the other new products in the virtualization portfolio, the ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall and the Virtual Network Management Center (VNMC) 2.0, which I’ll be going into more detail in upcoming posts. Come by our booth and check it out.

If you are around #VMworld next week, give us a shout out on twitter using Cisco hash tag #ciscovmw or to me @gkinghorn. For those of you that can’t make it out to VMworld, I’ll let one of our product managers, Uday Gokarn, review the new features in this 2 minute video:

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  1. Thank you. Any documentation on how to configure l3 connectivity between VSM and VEM?
    Is there any plan in roadmap to drop support for L2 connectivity in future?

  2. Does 5.2 release support VSM in two datacentre over L3?
    Thank you

    • The release we started shipping last week (the “…SP1(5.2)” release), does not, but this upcoming release will.