Cisco AVS is a hypervisor-resident distributed virtual switch that is specifically designed for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and managed by the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). Cisco AVS implements the OpFlex protocol for control plane communication.
Cisco AVS supports two modes of traffic forwarding: local switching and no local switching. The forwarding mode is selected during Cisco AVS installation.
Cisco AVS is supported as a vLeaf for Cisco APIC with the VMware ESXi hypervisor. It manages a data center defined by the vCenter Server.
Cisco AVS is compatible with any upstream physical access layer switch that complies with the Ethernet standard, including Cisco Nexus switches. Cisco AVS is compatible with any server hardware listed in the VMware Hardware Compatibility List.
Cisco AVS Software Compatibility
Cisco AVS Release 5.2(1)SV3(1.10a) is supported as a vLeaf for Cisco APIC with releases 5.1, 5.5, and 6.0 of the VMware ESXi hypervisor.
Note When you choose a Cisco AVS VIB, you must choose the one compatible with the version of VMware ESXi hypervisor that you use. ESXi 5.1 uses xxxx.3.1.1.vib, ESXi 5.5 uses xxxx.3.2.1.vib, and ESXi 6.0 uses xxxx.6.0.1.vib.
The following table lists the compatibility of Cisco AVS with Cisco APIC.
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