Create fewer virtual switches, preferably just one. For each type of network traffic, configure a port group to simplify configuration and monitoring.

Table 1. Design Decisions on Virtual Switch Type and Configuration

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication


Use vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS).

vSphere Distributed Switches simplify management.

Migration from a standard switch to a distributed switch requires a minimum of two physical NICs to maintain redundancy.