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A summary of the differences between a Standard and Distibuted Virtual Switch February 19, 2013

Posted by vbry21 in VMware blogs.

The differences between vSphere Standard and vSphere Distributed Switches

Feature                                                                                Standard switch                               Distributed Switch

Layer 2 switch                                                                    x                                                                    x

VLAN segmentation                                                        x                                                                    x

IPv6 Support                                                                      x                                                                    x

802.1Q Tagging                                                                  x                                                                   x

NIC Teaming                                                                       x                                                                   x

Outbound traffic shaping                                               x                                                                   x

Inbound traffic shaping                                                                                                                       x

VM network port block                                                                                                                       x

Private VLANs                                                                                                                                        x

Load-based teaming                                                                                                                             x

Datacenter-level management                                                                                                        x

Network vMotion                                                                                                                                  x

vNetwork switch APIs                                                                                                                         x

Per-port policy settings                                                                                                                      x

Port State monitoring                                                                                                                          x

NetFlow                                                                                                                                                      x

Port Mirroring                                                                                                                                         x


The above table gives a brief outline of the differences between the two types of switches that can be created in vSphere 5.1.


The big thing for me though is the manageability of the distributed virtual switch, all of that functionality comes from the Port State monitoring, NetFlow and Port Mirroring, these options allow me to see exactly how the switch is behaving.





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