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vDS-Part2 : vSphere Standard Switch vs vSphere Distributed Switch

In our previous post we have posted on what is vSphere Distributed Switch & It’s benefits. Basically vDS provides the centralized management of all the networking configuration , monitoring & management. We just need to create vDS once then we can easily add the host into the vDS. vDS is not get created automatically , we need to create it. But in case of vSphere Standard Switch each host has its own standard switch. For configuration or any networking changes you have to go to each host & make the changes to the each vSS individually. vDS also offers major networking & security features which are not there in vSS.

In this post we will do the quick comparison of vSphere Standard Switch & vSphere Distributed Switch.

vSS : vSphere Standard Switch
vDS: vSphere Distributed Switch

Sr NoFeaturesvSSvDS
1Layer 2 ForwardingAvailableAvailable
2VLAN SegmentationAvailableAvailable
3Private VLANNot AvailableAvailable
4Outbound Traffic ShapingAvailableAvailable
5Inbound Traffic ShapingNot AvailableAvailable
6802.1Q TaggingAvailableAvailable
7NIC TeamingAvailableAvailable
8Load Based TeamingNot AvailableAvailable
9VM Network Port BlockingNot AvailableAvailable
10Net FlowNot AvailableAvailable
11Network vMotionNot AvailableAvailable
12Per Port Policy SettingsNot AvailableAvailable
13Port MirroringNot AvailableAvailable
14Net FlowNot AvailableAvailable
15vNetwork Switch APINot AvailableAvailable
16Third Party Switch SupportNot AvailableAvailable
17Link Layer Discovery ProtocolNot AvailableAvailable
18User Based Network I/O ControlNot AvailableAvailable
19LACP SupportNot AvailableAvailable
20Backup & Restore Network ConfigurationNot AvailableAvailable


Management :-
In vSS you have to manage the each standard switch on the each host. Managing the multiple switches with same configurations can be difficult & also creates human error.
In vDS only one switch you have to manage from vCenter Server. Which is very easy to manage the single switch instead of managing multiple switches.

License Requirement :-
vSS is available in all the licenses of vSphere.vDS requires the Enterprise Plus license of vSphere.

Security :-
vSS offers the basic security features only.vDS offer all the basic plus advanced security features.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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