VMware Announces Discontinuation of Third Party vSwitches

VMware has announced it will be discontinuing support for third party vSwitch support, this will impact vSwitches such as the Cisco Nexus 1000V, Cisco VM-FEX, HPE 5900v and IBM DVS 5000. You can read the VMware KB here.

The most recent version of vSphere 6.5 Update 1 does still support third party vSwitches and will be the last version to do so, all subsequent versions will have the vSwitch APIs removed!

Now for those users on the Cisco Nexus 1000V there is a migration tool which VMware provides to assist with migrations, you can find this here under the ‘Automation Tools and SDK(s)’ drop down.

I’m sure some users will be disappointed in VMware’s decision however the vSphere Distributed Switch is feature rich and should fulfill most users requirements.


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