Cisco Nexus 5000 Switches

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The Nexus 5000 series is the first wire speed 10Gbit Ethernet switching architecture which is based on Ethernet Fabric and can deliver predictable low latency for server access switching applications.

The Nexus 5000 series is the first wire speed 10Gbit Ethernet switching architecture which is based on Ethernet Fabric and can deliver predictable low latency for server access switching applications. Another key attribute of 5000 switch fabric is the ability to support data center Ethernet and enabling customers to build highly scalable layer 2 fabrics within the data centers while eliminating the scalability issues that exist in Layer 2 environments of Today.

The third key attribute of Cisco Nexus 5K is the ability to support a consolidated I/O fabric which can provide both iSCSI as well as fiber channel Ethernet traffic over the same fabric and enabling customers to unify the traffics for LAN, SAN and low latency applications over a consolidated fabric.

Moreover, the ability to support virtualized machine optimized interfaces is now provided by these devices so now customers can begin to deploy larger base of virtual machines within the data center to switch fabric enabled ability to support VM aware networking functionality within the fabric.

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches are designed to deliver high-density top-of-rack (ToR) Layer 2 and Layer 3, 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet with unified ports in compact one-, two-, and four-rack-unit form factors. The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series includes the Cisco Nexus 5500 and 5600 platforms as part of the Cisco Unified Fabric portfolio.

The comprehensive Cisco NX-OS feature set and 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet scalability of the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series deliver high performance, operational efficiency, and design flexibility

These switches are ideal for data center deployments and delivers an innovative architecture breakthrough in data center design. Also, it provides the industry highest density and performance in compact size. These switches offer long rate transport of Layer 2 or Layer 3 Ethernet traffic at 1,10 and 40Gbit speeds over fiber links as well as storage traffic. They can support FCoE, iSCSI, NAS and RDMA all the way from 1Gbit to 8Gbit speeds.

Cisco Nexus Licenses

Models and Specifications of Nexus 5000

Cisco Nexus 5672UP-16G Switch

  • Up to 48 10-GE ports and 6 true 40-GE Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable ports
  • A hardware-based virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) (Layer 2, Layer 3, gateway)
  • Network virtualization generic routing encapsulation (NVGRE) capabilities
  • Up to 1152 ports in a single management domain using Cisco Fabric Extender architecture
  • Large table sizes and buffers with as low as 1-usec latency
  • LAN and SAN convergence
  • Support for programmable fabrics for simplified virtualized and cloud deployments
  • Fabric Path support for scalable Layer 2 networks
  • Compact one-rack-unit (1RU) form factor
  • 16-Gb Fiber Channel Ports
  • Line-rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 throughput
  • 24 Unified port for 10 GE, FCoE, and 16-, 8- 4- and 2 Gbps Fiber Channel
  • Programmability: Python scripting, Tool Command Language, NetConf, NX-API for automated provisioning, Ansible for configuration management
  • VXLAN support
  • 68 Tbps switching capacity
  • Port-side intake or port-side exhaust airflow

Cisco Nexus 5672UP Switch

  • Up to 48 10GE ports (of which 16 are UP) and 6 true 40GE QSFP ports
  • Hardware based VXLAN (L2, L3, Gateway) and NVGRE capable
  • Up to 1152 ports in a single management domain via Cisco FEX architecture
  • Large table sizes and buffers with 1 usec latency
  • 1-rack unit

Cisco Nexus 5696Q Switch

  • Up to 384 10-Gbps, 96 40-Gbps, or 32 100-Gbps line rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 ports in four-rack units (4RU)
  • Up to 2304 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet server ports with the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders
  • Up to 60 unified ports (1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), 2,4, or 8 Gbps Fiber Channel) for LAN and SAN convergence
  • Cisco Fabric Path support for scalable Layer 2 networks
  • Compact four-rack-unit (4RU) form factor
  • Eight expansion slots
  • Line-rate Layer 2, Layer 3 throughput
  • Unified Port for 10 GE FCoE and 8,4, 2 Gbps Fiber Channel
  • VXLAN support
  • 68 Tbps switching capacity
  • Port-side intake or port-side exhaust airflow

Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch

  • Two-rack-unit (2RU) 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE switch offering up to throughput of 1.92 terabits per second (Tbps)
  • Up to 96 ports: 48 fixed “unified”1/10-Gbps Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) Ethernet and FCoE ports and three expansion slots
  • Expansion modules:
    • 160-Gbps Layer 3 routing engine
    • 16-port unified port module: 1/10-Gbps SFP+ Ethernet and FCoE or 1/2/4/8-Gbps native Fiber Channel
    • 16-port 10-Gbps SFP+ Ethernet and FCoE
    • 8-port 10-Gbps SFP+ Ethernet and FCoE, plus 8-port 1/2/4/8-Gbps native Fiber Channel

Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch

  • 1RU 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE switch offering up to 960-Gbps throughput
  • Nexus 5548P switch version provides up to 48 ports: 32 fixed non-unified 1/10-Gbps SFP+ Ethernet and FCoE ports and one expansion slot

Nexus 5548UP switch

This version provides up to 48 ports: 32 fixed “unified” 1/10-Gbps SFP+ Ethernet and FCoE ports and one expansion slot

  • Expansion modules:160-Gbps Layer 3 routing engine
  • 16-port unified port module: 1/10-Gbps SFP+ Ethernet and FCoE or 1/2/4/8-Gbps native Fiber Channel
  • 16-port 10-Gbps SFP+ Ethernet and FCoE
  • 8-port 10-Gbps SFP+ Ethernet and FCoE, plus
  • 8-port 1/2/4/8-Gbps native Fiber Channel

Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch

  • 2RU 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE switch with 1.04-Tbps throughput
  • Up to 56 ports: 40 fixed non-unified 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports with SFP+ connectors and two expansion slots

Cisco Nexus 5010 Switch

  • 1RU 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE switch
  • Up to 28 ports: 20 fixed non-unified 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports with SFP+ connectors and one expansion slot
  • Expansion modules for Cisco Nexus 5020 and 5010
    • Ethernet module with 6 SFP+ ports per module that support 10 Gigabit Ethernet, lossless Ethernet, and FCoE
    • Fiber Channel and Ethernet module with 4 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE DCB, and FCoE through an SFP+ interface, and 4 ports of 1/2/4-Gbps native Fiber Channel connectivity through an SFP interface Fiber Channel module with 8 ports of 1/2/4-Gbps native Fiber Channel through SFP+ ports
    • Fiber Channel module with 6 ports of 1/2/4/8-Gbps native Fiber Channel through SFP+ port

Cisco Nexus 5000 License  

Alongside other Cisco devices that support Cisco licenses, Cisco Nexus 5000 license can be purchased and used to register all product instances.  Cisco Nexus 5000 and 5500 series switches support various featured-based licenses.

Feature-Based Licenses

The following packages are available for these series:

  • FabricPath Services Package (N5xxx-EL2-SSK9)
  • FCoE NPV Package (N5xxx-FNPV-SSK9)
  • Layer 3 Base Services Package (N5x-BAS1K9)
  • Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package (N5x-LAN1K9)
  • Network Services Package (N5x-SERVICES1K9)
  • Storage Protocols Services Package (N5xxx-SSK9)
  • VM-FEX Package (N56-VMFEX9)

 

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