Hyper-V Extensible Switch in Windows Server 8

Mike Neil posted a post as an answer to the Hyper-V users, who have been asking for a number of new networking capabilities. In Codename Windows Server 8 many new features to the Hyper-V virtual switch for virtual machine protection, traffic isolation, traffic prioritization, usage metering, and the troubleshooting have been added. It also introduces ironic new management capabilities that support both WMI and PowerShell.

Windows 8

In Windows Server 8, virtual switch has been opened to allow plug-ins (“extensions”) so that partners can add functionality to the switch, transforming the virtual switch into the Hyper-V Extensible Switch.

There are several extensions that offer exciting functionality for the Hyper-V Extensible Switch.

  • The highlight of this session was the number of partners that were looking for ways to build in new functionality here.  Some of the extensions that were showcased are mentioned below:
  • Support for the Cisco Nexus 1000V for Hyper-V, in addition to the Cisco VM-FEX extension with direct I/O (SR-IOV).
  • Inmon with their traffic capturing &analysis and their sFlow product.
  • 5Nine showed their Virtual Firewall.
  • Broadcom demonstrated a DoS Prevention extension.
  • NEC demonstrated an extension that converts Hyper-V to an OpenFlow virtual switch and integrates it with their Programmable Flow product.

All the partners showcased six great demos of the feasibility and candidness of the Hyper-V Extensible Switch. Microsoft is excited by each of the partner’s partnership, as they helped them validate the Windows Server 8 platform. With this vast range of customer value can be delivered through an extensible networking platform in Hyper-V.

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