The Cisco Nexus Series switches are modular and fixed port network switches designed for the data center. The first chassis in the Nexus 7000 family is a 10-slot chassis with two supervisor engine slots and eight I/O module slots at the front, as well as five crossbar switch fabric modules at the rear. Beside the Nexus 7000, there is also Nexus 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000 and 900.
All switches in the Nexus range run the modular NX-OS firmware/operating system on the fabric. NX-OS has some high-availability features compared to the well-known Cisco IOS. This platform is optimized for high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
Data Center Switches
Cisco Nexus 9000, 7000, 6000, 5000, 4000, 3000 Series Switches and 2000 series fabric extenders
Features Include (Chassis Dependent):
- High-performance, density, low latency, and exceptional power efficiency in a range of form factors.
- High-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet with application awareness, high programmability, and performance analytics.
- 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.
- Support VXLAN and Layer 2 and 3 features for scaling data center networking.
- Fabric extenders deliver 100 MB and 1/10/40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity with 10/40 GE uplinks
Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders
Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders integrate into existing network infrastructures as well as Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI). Extenders provide a flexible solution to add access port connectivity to your data center network.
Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches
The 3000 Series offers low-latency, highly programmable, high-density switches. These compact fixed switches are excellent for general-purpose deployments, high-performance computing (HPC), high-frequency trading (HFT), massively scalable data center (MSDC), and cloud networks.
Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
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.
Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches
The modular Cisco Nexus 7000 and 7700 switches deliver a comprehensive Cisco NX-OS feature set and open-source programmable tools for software-defined networking (SDN) deployments. They offer high-density 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet with application awareness and performance analytics.