For eveyone that has been waiting for some juicy technical details on the Cisco Nexus 1000v, Cisco and VMware have broken the silence and published a document describing many of the new features. It consists mostly of a table comparing the various features that the built-in VMswitch has verus the Cisco Nexus 1000v. I’m expecting a lot more documentation as the product nears release, but this is a good start.
If you aren’t familar with what the Cisco Nexus 1000v is, it’s a software embodyment of a physical Cisco Nexus ethernet switch which is a whole sale replacement for the built-in VMware ESX virtual switch. Among many benefits, the network team now has full visbility right into the NICs for each VM and is no longer left in the dark. It only works with ESX “4.0”, which isn’t out yet, so it may be a few more months before it is publically available.
You can download the document here.