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VMware: Cisco Nexus 1000V - End of Availability

Walter Dey
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Cisco Nexus 1000V - End of Availability

VMware is announcing the End of Availability (EOA) for the Cisco Nexus 1000V SKU and its associated support SKUs from VMware effective February 2, 2015. This notification has NO IMPACT on existing use of the Nexus 1000V in a VMware vSphere 5.x or older environment. It also has NO IMPACT on support already purchased from VMware for the Nexus 1000V. VMware recommends that the Nexus 1000V users move to the VMware vSphere Distributed Switch as it simplifies operations (e.g., upgrade) and provides advanced monitoring capabilities plus a broader feature set. VMware will also offer migration assistance to make this change. For additional details, please contact your VMware account team or support representative. Customers that use the Nexus 1000V already do so in conjunction with VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition and have the correct licensing in place to make this change. Customers who want to buy additional licenses and support for the Cisco Nexus 1000V after February 2, 2015 can buy those licenses directly from Cisco. - See more at:


What does it mean ?

Nexus 1000v will no more be sold by VMware ?

Will VMware stop to support Nexus 1000v soon ?



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Walter Dey
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For what I know, there are discussions to change the wording and make it less confusing... all this means is that VMware Technical Assistance center will not provide support to resolve issues with N1Kv, if the issue is with N1kv, Cisco TAC will support it.

Cisco also offers ISV1 contracts that cover software support, meaning we (TAC) are Level 1 of support and if we cant figure it out, we contact the OS vendor for additional (level 2 and higher) support; in the same way, VMware used to sell support contracts to their customers, where if the issue was with N1kv, the end user would call VMware first and if they cant figure it out, they would call Cisco TAC.


Bottom line, customers that have N1Kv support contracts, through VMware, are encouraged (by Cisco) to reach to their Cisco Rep and get a support contract for TAC to help them in case it is needed.


I hope that clarifies your questions :)



Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.3) is the one that supports VMware ESXi 6.0 and it includes important fixes like the Leap Second I have been talking about in this community already:






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