The Cisco Nexus 1000V is a Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) switch rendered fully in software for multi-tenant services composed of both physical and virtual networking resources. This distributed virtual switch allows a network team to monitor, manage and troubleshoot both the physical and virtual networks with the same Cisco commands and tools.
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Nexus 1000V, which is is based on IEEE 802.1Q switching technology, is programmable. It uses a control path application-programming interface (API) in order to communicate with the data plane. Nexus 1000v can be used with any physical switch, regardless of the manufacturer. This allows administrators who uses non-Cisco physical network components to take advantage of the 1000v to handle virtual network management.