The Cisco Nexus 1000V is compatible with any upstream physical access layer switch that is Ethernet standard compliant, including the Catalyst 6500 series switch, Cisco Nexus switches, and switches from other network vendors. The Cisco Nexus 1000V is compatible with any server hardware listed in the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). Cisco and VMware jointly designed APIs that produced the Cisco Nexus 1000V. The Cisco Nexus 1000V is a distributed virtual switch solution that is fully integrated within the VMware virtual infrastructure, including VMware vCenter for the virtualization administrator. This solution offloads the configuration of the virtual switch and port groups to the network administrator to enforce a consistent data center network policy.
In this release Java applications are introduced for VSM and VEM installation.
For the Virtual Supervisor Module (VSM)—The control plane of the switch and a virtual machine that runs Cisco NX-OS, just download the Nexus1000v.4.2.1.SV1.5.1.zip file and enter the following command from a Windows, Linux, or Mac command prompt:
For the Virtual Ethernet Module (VEM)—A virtual line card embedded in each VMware vSphere (ESX) host. The VEM is partly inside the kernel of the hypervisor and partly in a user-world process, called the VEM Agent. Enter the following command from a Windows, Linux, or Mac command prompt: