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A Brief Comparison of Cisco Nexus Product Family

May
07

The Cisco Nexus Series switches are modular and fixed port network switches designed for the data center (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cisco_Nexus_switches).

2000 3000 4000 5000
Fabric Extender Standalone Blade Switch
Standalone
Rack Impl. TOR TOR Blade TOR
Performance 88 ~ 1440 Gbps 480Gbps ~ 6.4 Tbps 400 Gbps 1.4 ~ 7.68 Tbps
10G Density ~ 48 32 ~256 14 + 6 Uplink 48 ~ 384
40GDensity ~ 64 ~ 96
100G Density ~ 32 ~ 32
FEX Support Up to 48 (L2/L3)
FC ~ 160
FCoE Yes ? Yes Yes
VxLAN Some Models ?
FabricPath ? ? ? Yes
OTV
ACI
Programmability ? OpenFlow ? Python, TCL, OpenFlow, NX-API

 

6001 / 6004 7000 / 7700 9200 / 9300 9500
Standalone Standalone Standalone/ ACI Leaf
Standalone/ ACI
Rack Impl. TOR/EOR EOR TOR / Aggregation EOR
Performance 1.28 / 7.68 Tbps 1.92 ~ 83 Tbps 1.44 ~ 6.08 15 ~ 60 Tbps
10G Density 48 / 384 96 ~ 768 ~ 144 ~ 2304
40GDensity 4 / 96 24 ~ 384 ~ 36 ~ 576
100G Density 12 ~ 192 ~ 36 ~ 128
FEX Support Up to 48 32 / 64 – / ~ 16 Yes
FC ?
FCoE Yes Yes – / Yes ?
VxLAN ? Yes Yes Yes
FabricPath Yes Yes ? ?
OTV Yes
ACI Yes Yes
Programmability ? ?/ Python, TCL, OpenFlow, OnePK Python , Puppet, Chef, Ansible, NX-API Python , Puppet, Chef, Ansible, NX-API

 

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2 Responses to A Brief Comparison of Cisco Nexus Product Family

  1. The 4000 series I’ve used in the past were standalone blade switches, not fabric extenders. Has this changed recently? The blade chassis FEX modules I am aware of are the B22 units specific to each vendor

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