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
|1||Layer 2 Forwarding||Available||Available|
|3||Private VLAN||Not Available||Available|
|4||Outbound Traffic Shaping||Available||Available|
|5||Inbound Traffic Shaping||Not Available||Available|
|8||Load Based Teaming||Not Available||Available|
|9||VM Network Port Blocking||Not Available||Available|
|10||Net Flow||Not Available||Available|
|11||Network vMotion||Not Available||Available|
|12||Per Port Policy Settings||Not Available||Available|
|13||Port Mirroring||Not Available||Available|
|14||Net Flow||Not Available||Available|
|15||vNetwork Switch API||Not Available||Available|
|16||Third Party Switch Support||Not Available||Available|
|17||Link Layer Discovery Protocol||Not Available||Available|
|18||User Based Network I/O Control||Not Available||Available|
|19||LACP Support||Not Available||Available|
|20||Backup & Restore Network Configuration||Not Available||Available|
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.
vSS offers the basic security features only.vDS offer all the basic plus advanced security features.
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