Looking over the internet i have not seen lots of people talking about this so i though i can make a point of discussion for my blog post for today.
None of us may be reading this article doesnt know about VMware Distributed Switch and the features it provides. and all of us may know as well that it is not the only option available to customers today. customers using vSphere enterprise plus can have either the VMware Distributed Switch or May be the Nexus 1000v as a distributes Networking function in their vSphere Environment. in one day not customer has 3 Choices to choose from either VMware, Cisco and now We have IBM in the picture with their release of the 5000v Distributed Switch.
The 5000V is a distributed virtual switch option for vSphere 5. It provides IBM NOS (Network Operating System) personality and functionality, and interoperates with standard vSphere 5 features.
The 5000V has two software components: a Controller and a Host Module. The Controller is an Open Virtualization Appliance (OVA) package that can be deployed as a virtual appliance on ESX 4.x or ESX 5.x Hosts. The Host Module is a VMware ESXi 5.x Offline Bundle (ZIP) that must be installed on each ESXi 5.x Host that needs to be added to an IBM vDS.
The 5000V Controller is used to create and manage one instance of the IBM vDS. The Controller closely interacts with the VMware vCenter Server for its functionality. The IBM vDS appears as just another distributed virtual switch at the vCenter Server and can be consumed using standard mechanisms familiar to vSphere administrators. For example, hosts, virtual machines, and uplinks (physical NICs) can be attached to the IBM vDS at the vCenter Server, using the vSphere Client.