Virtual Ethernet Switches

The HP FlexFabric 5900v Virtual Switch delivers a high-performance, standards-based solution to the orchestration of physical and virtual data center networks in a VMware ESX 5.x environment. The FlexFabric 5900v is a distributed virtual Switch that operates within the ESX hypervisor kernel, replacing the native VMware vSwitch. HP FlexFabric Virtual Switch Orchestration (VSO) Software coordinates the deployment of network policies from HP's Intelligent Management Center (IMC) onto an IEEE 802.1Qbg-compliant switch with the provisioning of virtual machines from VMware's vCenter. This enables automated delivery of hardware-based network performance, forwarding, security, and visibility features to each application, ensuring corporate network policy compliance within a dynamic and virtualized data center.



IMC Connection Manager: maintains Virtual Machine VLAN assignments and Virtual Station Interface (VSI) type database, containing ACL and QoS templates to be provisioned by the access switch.

VMware vCenter Plug-In: configures the VSO Virtual Control Engine (VCE) and binds port groups to the Virtual Machine, enabling the 5900v Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) to make the connection between the vNIC and the associated access switch VSI template.

Data center optimized

IEEE 802.1Qbg Edge Virtual Bridging (EVB): supports the Virtual Ethernet Port Aggregator (VEPA) protocol, ensuring that all VM traffic is processed by the adjacent physical switch.

Virtual Control Engine (VCE): provides the Virtual Switch Orchestration (VSO) function, based on an OpenFlow SDN engine, to deliver forwarding table entries to the Virtual Forwarding Engines (VCE).

Virtual Forwarding Engine (VFE): implements the Virtual Distributed Switch (VDS) data plane function, installed on each ESXi host via the vCenter plug-in.

Layer 2 switching

VLAN support and tagging: supports IEEE 802.1Q with 4,094 simultaneous VLAN IDs

Private VLAN (PVLAN): segregates traffic from multiple ports on the same VLAN, directing all traffic to a given uplink for enhanced security.