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Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Virtual Services Appliances Data Sheet

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Product Overview

The Cisco Nexus® 1010 and 1010-X Virtual Services Appliances (VSAs) are members of the Cisco® Nexus 1000V Series (model 1010 is shown in Figure 1). The appliances host a number of Virtual Service Blades (VSBs) to include the following: the Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Supervisor Modules (VSM), the Cisco Virtual Security Gateway (VSG), the Cisco Prime Network Analysis Module (NAM), and the Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) for LAN VSB. These VSBs provide a comprehensive solution for virtual access switching. Dedicated hardware for the Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM eases virtual access switch deployment for the network administrator, and with its support for additional VSBs, the Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X is a crucial component of a virtual access switch solution.

Figure 1. Cisco Nexus 1010 Virtual Services Appliance

Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches

Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches are intelligent virtual machine access switches designed for VMware vSphere (vSphere 4.0 and later) environments. Operating inside the VMware ESX hypervisor, the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series supports server virtualization technology to provide:

Policy-based virtual machine connectivity

Mobile virtual machine security and network policy

Nondisruptive operational model for your server virtualization and networking teams

Server virtualization usually changes the deployment and management of server operating systems, leading to longer deployment times, with a greater degree of coordination among server, network, storage, and security administrators. The Cisco Nexus 1000V Series offers a consistent networking feature set and provisioning process all the way from the virtual machine access layer to the core of the data center network infrastructure. Virtual servers can use the same network configuration, security policy, diagnostic tools, and operational models as their physical server counterparts attached to dedicated physical network ports. Virtualization administrators can access predefined network policies that follow mobile virtual machines to help ensure proper connectivity, saving valuable time that administrators can use to focus on virtual machine administration. This comprehensive set of capabilities helps you deploy server virtualization faster and achieve its benefits sooner (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Architecture

Product Architecture

The Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X offer dedicated hardware for the Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM and other virtual network services. Network administrators can install and configure virtual access switches similar to the way they install and configure physical switches. Dedicated VSM hardware is especially helpful in a data center power up, because there is no dependency in finding server resources for the VSM. Thus, the Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X allow network administrators to manage the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual access switch like physical switches and scale server virtualization deployments (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Virtual Services Appliance Architecture

Figure 4 shows the internal architecture of the Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X. The Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X contain the Cisco Nexus 1010 Manager, based on Cisco NX-OS, that manages VSBs, including installation and blade configuration. The Cisco Nexus 1010 Manager, based on Cisco NX-OS, offers a familiar interface for network administrators installing and configuring Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X. Cisco Nexus 1010 Manager also supports Cisco NX-OS high availability, allowing a standby Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X to become active if the primary Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X fails. Note: Nexus 1010 and 1010-X appliances cannot be mixed in an active/standby high availability configuration.

Figure 4. Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Virtual Services Appliance Internal Architecture

Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X High Availability

Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X offer high-availability features for large-scale networking. Within a single appliance, a Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X offers process-level availability conferred by the modular nature of Cisco NX-OS, as well as VSB availability features such as restart-on-failure. Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch VSM active/standby high availability is fully supported on Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X. Finally, with dual Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X appliances deployed in a high-availability cluster, active/standby failover of Cisco Nexus 1010 Manager and Virtual Service Blades are supported. Nexus 1010 and 1010-X VSAs cannot be mixed in an active/standby configuration.

VSM on Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X Compared to VSM as a Virtual Machine

Table 1 compares deployment of a Cisco Nexus 1000V VSM as a virtual machine and on the Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X. For customers who want a complete software deployment of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series, deployment of the VSM as a virtual machine provides flexibility in VSM placement and even mobility with VMware vMotion. However, for network administrators who want greater control over the management of the VSM, the Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X provides a complete Cisco NX-OS experience in installing the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual access switch. In addition, the Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X offers fewer dependencies when the data center is powered on because the VSM can be initiated at the same time as the Virtual Ethernet Modules (VEMs).

Table 1. Comparison of VSM on Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X and VSM as Virtual Machine

Feature

VSM as Virtual Machine

VSM on Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X

Cisco Nexus 1000V features and scalability

Yes

Yes

VEM running on Hypervisor (e.g. vSphere)

Yes

Yes

Cisco NX-OS high availability of VSM

Yes

Yes

Software-only deployment (Hypervisor specific)

Yes

No

Installation like that of a standard Cisco switch

No

Yes

Network team ownership and management of the VSM

No

Yes

Support multi-hypervisor VM traffic

No

Yes

Product Specifications

VMware Product Compatibility

The Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X is part of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series, which is VMware Ready Certified to be compatible with VMware vSphere 4.0 and later as a VMware vNetwork Distributed Switch with support for VMware ESX and ESXi hypervisors and integration with VMware vCenter Server.

Nexus 1010 Maximum Supported Configurations (Up to 6x VSBs Total; see weighting matrix)

6x Cisco Nexus 1000V VSMs, each capable of managing 64x ESX/ESXi hosts for a total of 384x VMware ESX/ESXi hosts

6x Cisco VSG VSBs

Nexus 1010-X Maximum Supported Configurations [Up to 10x VSBs Total Using Cisco Nexus 1010 Release 4.2(1)SP1(4) and later; see weighting matrix]

10x Cisco Nexus 1000V VSMs, each capable of managing 64x ESX or ESXi for a total of 640x VMware ESX/ESXi hosts

10x Cisco VSG VSBs

Weighting Matrix (to determine max capacity of various VSBs on the Nexus 1010 and 1010-X)

VSM

VSG

NAM

DCNM

Total Weighting

Nexus 1010 and 1010-X

Release 4.2(1)SP1(3)

1

1

2

2

<=6

Nexus 1010

Release 4.2(1)SP1(4)

1

1

2

2

<=6

Nexus 1010-X

Release 4.2(1)SP1(4)

1

1

2

2

<=10

Example Nexus 1010 configurations:

6x VSMs

6x VSGs

3x VSMs, 3x VSGs

1x VSM, 1x VSG, 1x NAM, 1x DCNM

Example Nexus 1010-X configurations with Release 4.2(1)SP1(4):

10x VSMs

10x VSGs

5x VSMs, 5x VSGs

3x VSMs, 3x VSGs, 1x NAM, 1x DCNM

High Availability

Stateful failover between active and standby Cisco Nexus 1010 Managers

Restart of VSMs and VSBs

VSB export and import and VSM backup and restore

Management

Cisco NX-OS Software command-line interface (CLI) console

Cisco Discovery Protocol Versions 1 and 2

Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) (read) Versions 1, 2, and 3

XML API support

Enhanced SNMP MIB support

Secure Shell (SSH) Version 2

Telnet

Authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA)

TACACS+

RADIUS

Syslog

Role-based access control (RBAC)

Ingress and egress packet counters per interface

Network Time Protocol (NTP) RFC 1305

Domain Name System (DNS) for management interfaces

CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS) 3.2, 3.1, and 3.0.1

SNMP MIBs

Generic MIBs

- CISCO-TC

- SNMPv2-MIB

- SNMP-COMMUNITY-MIB

- SNMP-FRAMEWORK-MIB

- SNMP-NOTIFICATION-MIB

- SNMP-TARGET-MIB

Configuration MIBs

- IF-MIB (only control0 and mgmt0 interface of Nexus1010 mgr uses this MIB. Any physical interfaces and VSB interfaces are not covered by this MIB)

- CISCO-IMAGE-MIB

- CISCO-CONFIG-COPY-MIB

- CISCO-ENTITY-VENDORTYPE-OID-MIB

- ETHERLIKE-MIB

- MIB-II

Monitoring MIBs

- NOTIFICATION-LOG-MIB

- CISCO-PROCESS-MIB

Security MIBs

- CISCO-AAA-SERVER-MIB

- CISCO-COMMON-MGMT-MIB

Miscellaneous MIBs

- CISCO-CDP-MIB

- CISCO-ENTITY-ASSET-MIB

Supported Standards

Table 2 presents IEEE compliance information, and Table 3 presents RFC compliance information.

Table 2. IEEE Compliance

Standard

Description

IEEE 802.1Q

VLAN tagging

IEEE 802.3

Ethernet

IEEE 802.3ad

Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)

Table 3. RFC Compliance

Standard

Description

IP Services

RFC 768

User Data Protocol (UDP)

RFC 791

IP

RFC 792

Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)

RFC 793

TCP

RFC 826

Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)

RFC 854

Telnet

RFC 894

IP over Ethernet

RFC 1305

NTP Version 3

RFC 1492

TACACS+

RFC 1591

DNS client

RFC 2068

HTTP server

RFC 2138

RADIUS authentication

RFC 2139

RADIUS accounting

System Requirements

VMware vSphere 4.0 and later

Cisco Nexus 1000V Series VSM

- Hard disk: 3 GB

- RAM: 2 GB

- One virtual CPU at 1.5 GHz

Cisco Nexus 1000V Series VEM

- VMware ESX/ESXi 4.0 and later

- Hard disk space: 6.5 MB

- RAM: 150 MB

Number of VLANs for Layer 2 connectivity between VSM and VEM: 1

Server on VMware Hardware Compatibility List (http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl)

Compatibility with any upstream physical switches, including all Cisco Nexus and Cisco Catalyst® switches as well as Ethernet switches from other vendors

Hardware Specifications

Table 4 lists the hardware specifications for the Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Virtual Services Appliances.

Table 4. Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Specifications

Item

Specification

Processors

2 Intel Xeon E5650 series 2.66-GHz Hexa Core CPUs

Memory

Nexus 1010: Four 4-GB RDIMMs RAM

Nexus 1010-X: Six 8-GB RDIMMs RAM

PCIe slots

2 PCIe 2.0 slots available
2 x8 half-length slots
x16 connector on full-height slot and x8 connector on low-profile slot

Mezzanine card

LSI 1064 Controller-Based Mezzanine Card (RAID 1; 4 ports)

Hard disk drive

Nexus 1010: Two 500-GB SATA; 7200 RPM

Nexus 1010-X: Two 2TB SAS; 7200 RPM

Optical drive

24x CD-R/RW DVD±R/RW read-write optical drive

Integrated graphics

Matrox G200 core embedded in the ServerEngines Pilot II baseboard management controller (BMC)

Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Integrated Management Controller

Integrated ServerEngines Pilot II BMC
IPMI 2.0 compliant for management and control
One 10/100BASE-T out-of-band management interface
CLI and web GUI management tool for automated, lights-out management
Keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM)

Front-panel connector

Ease of access to front-panel video, 2 USB ports, and serial console

Front-panel locator LED

Indicator to help direct administrators to specific servers in large data center environments

Additional rear connectors

Additional interfaces include a DB-15 video port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and a DB-9 serial port

Physical dimensions (H x W x D)

1RU: 1.7 x 16.9 x 27.8 in. (4.32 x 42.93 x 70.61 cm)

Temperature: Operating

50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)

Temperature: Nonoperating

-40 to 149°F (-40 to 65°C)

Humidity: Operating

5 to 93% noncondensing

Humidity Nonoperating

5 to 93% noncondensing

Altitude: Operating

0 to 10,000 ft (0 to 3000m); maximum ambient temperature decreases by 1°C per 300m)

Altitude: Nonoperating

40,000 ft (12,000m)

Power supply

One 650W; redundant power supply is optional when ordering or as Field Replaceable Unit (FRU)

Additional

Cable management arm (CMA)
Rail kit

Solution Deployment Requirements

Table 5 presents deployment requirements for the Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Virtual Services Appliances.

Table 5. Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Deployment Requirements

Product

Requirement

Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X

Cisco Nexus 1010 NX-OS Release 4.2(1)SP1(4) and later

Cisco VSG as a VSB on the Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X

Cisco Nexus 1010 NX-OS Release 4.2(1)SP1(4) and later
Cisco VSG Release 4.2(1)VSG1(3) or later, ISO or OVA format

Hypervisor and hypervisor management

VMware vSphere 4.0 and later

Cisco Nexus 1000V

Cisco Nexus 1000V Series NX-OS Software Release 4.2(1)SV1(5.1) or later, including:

VSM (hosted on the Cisco Nexus 1010 or 1010-X Virtual Services Appliance)
Virtual Ethernet module (embedded in the VMware vSphere ESX/ESXi hypervisor)

Regulatory Compliance

Table 6 provides regulatory standards compliance information for the Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X.

Table 6. Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC

Specification

Description

Safety

UL 60950-1 No. 21CFR1040
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1
IRAM IEC60950-1
CB IEC60950-1
EN 60950-1
IEC 60950-1
GOST IEC60950-1
SABS/CB IEC6095-1
CCC */CB GB4943-1995
CNS14336
CB IEC60950-1
AS/NZS 60950-1
GB4943

EMC: Emissions

47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
CISPR2 2 Class A
EN55022 Class A
ICES003 Class A
VCCI Class A
EN61000-3-2
EN61000-3-3
KN22 Class A
CNS13438 Class A

EMC: Immunity

EN55024
CISPR24
KN 61000-4 Series, KN 24

Ordering Information

Table 7 provides ordering information for the Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X. To place an order, visit the CiscoOrdering homepage. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center.

Table 7. Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Virtual Services Appliance Ordering Information

Part Number

Description

Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Virtual Services Appliance Options

N1K-C1010

Cisco Nexus 1010 Appliancewith 32x Nexus 1000V

N1K-C1010-HA00

Cisco Nexus 1010 Appliance High-Availability Pair without Nexus 1000V

N1K-C1010-HA32

Cisco Nexus 1010 Appliance High-Availability Pair with 32x Nexus 1000V

N1K-C1010-HA64

Cisco Nexus 1010 Appliance High-Availability Pair with 64x Nexus 1000V

N1K-C1010-X

Cisco Nexus 1010-X Appliance with 48x Nexus 1000V

N1K-C1010-X-HA00

Cisco Nexus 1010-X Appliance High-Availability Pair without Nexus 1000V

N1K-C1010-X-HA48

Cisco Nexus 1010-X Appliance High-Availability Pair with 48x Nexus 1000V

N1K-C1010-X-HA96

Cisco Nexus 1010-X Appliance High-Availability Pair with 96x Nexus 1000V

Redundant Power Supply

R2X0-PSU2-650W-SB

650W Power Supply, with added 5A standby

Virtual Service Blade Options

VSG-Cisco Prime Network Services Controller-1010-32

VSG and Cisco Prime Network Services Controller Paper CPU License for Nexus 1010 and 1010-X Promotion Quantity 32

N1K-C1010NAM51-K9

Cisco Prime NAM Software 5.1 for Nexus 1010 and 1010-X

Service and Support Options

CON-xxx-N1010

SMARTNet® for Nexus 1010 hardware only; various levels of support available

CON-xxx-N1010-X

SMARTNet for Nexus 1010-X hardware only; various levels of support available

CON-SAU-VLCPU32

Software Application Support plus Upgrades (SASU) Nexus 1000V Paper CPU Quantity 32 for Nexus 1010

CON-SAU-CPU-48

SASU Nexus 1000V Paper CPU Quantity 48 for Nexus 1010-X

CON-SAU-VLCP32P2

SASU Cisco Prime Network Services Controller VSG Paper CPU 1010 Promotion Quantity 32 for Nexus 1010 and 1010-X

CON-SAS-N1K1C101

SASU Cisco NAM Virtual Service Blade Software

Service and Support

Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to accelerate customer success. These innovative programs are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco Services helps you protect your network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare your network for new applications to extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information about Cisco Services, see Cisco Technical Support Services or Cisco Advanced Services.

Warranty information is available at http://www.cisco.com/go/warranty.

Cisco Software Application Support plus Upgrades (SASU) is a comprehensive support service that helps you maintain and enhance the availability, security, and performance of your business-critical applications. Cisco SASU includes the following resources:

Software updates and upgrades: The Cisco SASU service provides timely, uninterrupted access to software updates and upgrades to help you keep existing systems stable and network release levels current. Update releases, including major upgrade releases that may include significant architectural changes and new capabilities for your licensed feature set, are available by software download from Cisco.com or by CD‑ROM shipment.

Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC): Cisco TAC engineers provide accurate, rapid diagnosis and resolution of software application problems to help you reduce outages and performance degradation. These specialized software application experts are trained to support the Cisco VSG for Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches. Their expertise is available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by telephone, fax, email, or the Internet.

Online support: Cisco SASU provides access to a wide range of online tools and communities to help you resolve problems quickly, support business continuity, and improve competitiveness.

For More Information

For additional information about the Cisco Nexus 1010 and 1010-X, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/1010.

For additional information about the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/nexus1000v.

For a free evaluation version of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/1000veval.

For additional information about the Cisco VSG and a free evaluation version, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/vsg.

For additional information about the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller and a free evaluation version, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/services-controller.

For additional information about the Cisco Prime NAM VSB, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/1000nam.

For additional information about the Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) LAN VSB, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/dcnm.

For additional information about Cisco NX-OS Software, visit http://www.cisco.com/go/nxos.

For additional information about VMware vSphere, visit http://www.vmware.com/go/vsphere.

For more information about how Cisco and VMware are working together, visit http://www.vmware.com/cisco.