Network OS Administration Guide

Supporting Network OS 6.0.1a

Part Number: 53-1003768-04

vCenter and Network OS integration overview

The VMware vCenter Server allows for the management of multiple ESX /ESXi servers and virtual machines (VMs) from different ESX servers through a single graphical user interface (GUI). It provides unified management of all the hosts and VMs in the data center, from a single console with an aggregate performance monitoring of clusters, hosts and VMs.

The VMware vCenter and Brocade Network OS integration supported in Brocade VCS Fabric mode enables you to discover VMware ESX servers managed by a vCenter server. VMware’s server hosts (ESX servers) are connected directly to the physical switches through the switch ports (edge ports in Brocade VCS Fabric mode). The server hosts implement a virtual switch (vSwitch), which is used to provide connections to the VMs. The fundamental requirement for the vCenter and Network OS integration is the IP-level management connectivity of the vCenter Server 4.0 version and later with the Brocade VDX switches.

The Network OS integration with vCenter requires vCenter versions 4.0, 4.1, 5.1 or 5.5.

You can view virtual switches and virtual machines, their associated MAC addresses, and network policies using the Network OS command line interface (CLI). Refer to the Network OS Command Reference for details about the vcenter and vnetwork commands.