As NSX gains broader adoption, we have heard many customer requests for guidance to help them run NSX on top of the latest Cisco infrastructure, UCS and Nexus 9000 series switches. With customers choosing the benefits of NSX along with the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), the underlying hardware (Ethernet fabric, x86 compute, etc) provides reliable, resilient capacity, but the configuration, state and advanced features move to faster, more flexible software. As with any IP fabric, NSX works great with Nexus 9K as the underlay. The combination of NSX and Nexus 9K in standalone mode enables the benefits customers have chosen to embrace with SDDC.
The reference architecture along with the VMware NSX for vSphere Network Virtualization Design Guide provides guidance for network virtualization architects interested in deploying VMware NSX for vSphere for network virtualization with Cisco UCS blade servers and Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches. It discusses the fundamental building blocks of NSX with VMware ESXi, recommended configurations with Cisco UCS and connectivity of Cisco UCS to Nexus 9000 switches.