[ovs-discuss] VMWare?

Justin Pettit jpettit at nicira.com
Mon May 9 22:17:43 UTC 2011

Hi, Jaime.  It is true that OVS is written in such a way that it should be easily portable to other platforms.  Unfortunately, VMware ESX is not open source, so we can't add support ourselves.  While VMware is dominant in the enterprise, Linux-based hypervisors are more prevalent in cloud build-outs.  That said, we'd love to be a part of VMware, so we encourage people to talk to their VMware representatives or channels about including OVS.



On May 9, 2011, at 7:58 AM, Jaime Nebrera wrote:

>  Hi all,
>  I'm aware Open VSwitch doesnt currently support VMWare as stated in the FAQ:
> "Open vSwitch can currently run on any Linux-based virtualization platform (kernel 2.6.18 and newer), including:  KVM, VirtualBox, Xen, Xen Cloud Platform, XenServer. The bulk of the code is written in platform-independent C and is easily ported to other environments.  We welcome inquires about integrating Open vSwitch with other virtualization platforms."
>  My question is, is anybody working on this? Is it a planned feature? Any cost idea?
>  I'm really impressed by OVS capabilities but sadly VMWare is the dominant player in virtualization world right now and seems quite hard to convince people to switch, specially since RHEL seems not very open about its virtualization platform product.
>  Kind regards
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