Colin McNamara’s blog is usually excellent, all the more annoying that his post titled Cisco releases Nexus 1000v virtual switch for VMware created a lot of confusion by not distinguishing between the terms “announces” and “releases” which mean entirely different things in marketing speak …
Just for the record, Cisco’s announcement states: “The Cisco Nexus 1000V distributed virtual software switch with VN-Link capabilities supported in a VMware Infrastructure environment is expected to be generally available to customers in the first half of 2009.” Most observers agree that this means the release date will actually be June 30, 2009 at the earliest. Btw, the “V” in “1000V” is capitalized.
If you follow the discussion it is, of course, impossible to release an ESX integrated switch until VMware releases the next version of their virtual infrastructure. The current VMware version just does not have the hooks to plug in a switch that replaces the built-in vSwitch.
Except for the word “releases” in the title, Colin’s post is highly recommended reading. What I like best is his analysis of the lack of people that can do both networking and virtualization and the passing remarks about all you have to do in order to do appropriate network configurations in the virtual server world. And, most of all, the post is fun to read!
Tags: VMware networking