Difference between Standard Switches and Distributed Switches


Features

Standard Switch

Distributed Switch

Management

Standard switch needs to managed at each individual
host level

Provides centralized management and
 monitoring of the network configuration
 of all the ESXi hosts that are
associated with the dvswitch.

Licensing

Standard Switch is available for all
 Licensing Edition

Distributed switch is only available for
enterprise edition of licensing

Creation & configuration

Standard switch can be created and
 configured at ESX/ESXi host level

Distributed switch can be created and configured
 at the vCenter server level

Layer 2 Switch

Yes, can forward Layer 2 frames

Yes, can forward Layer 2 frames

VLAN segmentation

Yes

Yes

802.1Q tagging

Can use and understand 802.1q
VLAN tagging

Can use and understand 802.1q
VLAN tagging

NIC teaming

Yes, can utilize multiple uplink to
 form NIC teaming

Yes, can utilize multiple uplink to form
 NIC teaming

Outbound Traffic Shaping

Can be achieved using standard switch

Can be achieved using distributed switch

Inbound Traffic Shaping

Not available as part of standard
switches

Only possible at distributed switch

VM port blocking

Not available as part of standard
 switches

Only possible at distributed switch

Private VLAN

Not available

PVLAN can be created as part of dvswitch. 3 types of PVLAN(Promiscuous, 
Community and Isolated)

Load based Teaming

Not available

Can be achieved using distributed switch

Network vMotion

Not available

Can be achieved using distributed switch

Per Port policy setting

Policy can be applied at switch
and port group

Policy can be applied at switch, port group and even per port level

NetFlow

Not available

Yes

Port Mirroring

Not available

Yes

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Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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