Welcome to this Cisco Support Community Ask the Expert conversation. This is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about Cisco Data Center Virtual Machine Fabric Extender (VM-FEX) with Vishal Mehta and Ali Haider.
Cisco VM-FEX collapses virtual and physical networking into a single infrastructure. Data center administrators can now provision, configure, manage, monitor, and diagnose virtual machine network traffic and bare-metal network traffic within a unified infrastructure.
Cisco Data Center VM-FEX partitions the server adapter into multiple vNICs, and each vNIC is assigned to individual virtual machines.
The VM-FEX software extends Cisco fabric extender technology to the virtual machine with the following capabilities:
Each virtual machine includes a dedicated interface on the parent switch
All virtual machine traffic is sent directly to the dedicated interface on the switch
The software-based switch in the hypervisor is eliminated