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Cisco to Implement Virtual Switch for Hyper-V in Windows Server 8

Cisco Systems is likely to introduce its virtual switch to Hyper-V next year with the launch of the Microsoft Windows Server 8.

According to the company, compatibility with Hyper-V will only be applicable to the Windows Server 8, which is equipped with an enhanced ability for the integration of third party modules in comparison to its predecessors.

The move will allow Hyper-V customers to connect to Cisco physical switches using just a virtual switch similar to the Unified Computing System.

Thanks to the new Nexus 1000V distributed virtual switch, Cisco is now running a virtual switch within the hypervisor, which, makes a virtual machine almost indistinguishable from any IOS based switch from the company, Cisco has stated.

Cisco’s policy enforcement, automated provisioning and diagnostics features are available through Cisco Nexus 1000V, and will help IT administrators rapidly deploy virtual workloads in Windows Server Hyper-V environments and scale to very large data centers,” Cisco said in an announcement on Monday, according tothis XinhuaNet report (opens in new tab).

Almost all of Cisco’s virtual networking services including Adaptive Security Appliance, Wide Area Acceleration Service, Virtual Security Gateway can plug into the Nexus 1000.