Cisco Introduces the Cisco Nexus 2232TM-E 10GE Fabric Extender
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Updated:Aug 22, 2012
Cisco is introducing the Cisco Nexus® 2232TM-E 10GE Fabric Extender as part of the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders (Figure 1). The Cisco Nexus 2232TM-E 10GE builds on the success of the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series and the benefits of 10GBASE-T technology. The platform is a superset of the Cisco Nexus 2232TM 10GE Fabric Extender, with the same underlying architecture and the latest generation of the 10GBASE-T physical layer device (PHY), enabling lower power consumption and an improved bit-error rate (BER). It supports highly scalable 1 and 10GBASE-T environments, with ease of migration from 1GBASE-T to 10GBASE-T and flexible use of Category 6, 6a, and 7 cabling. It includes an uplink module that supports eight 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces.
Figure 1. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders
Table 1 summarizes the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series product line. Fabric extenders work in conjunction with a parent Cisco Nexus 5000 or 7000 Series Switch. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders can be mixed and matched with a parent switch to provide a variety of connectivity options.
Table 1. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Specifications
Cisco Nexus 2148T
48 x 1000BASE-T host interfaces and 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces (Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable [SFP+])
Cisco Nexus 2224TP
24 x 100/1000BASE-T host interfaces and 2 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces (SFP+)
Cisco Nexus 2248TP
48 x 100/1000BASE-T host interfaces and 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces (SFP+)
Cisco Nexus 2248TP-E
48 x 100/1000BASE-T host interfaces and 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces (SFP+) enhanced (superset of Cisco Nexus 2248TP)
Cisco Nexus 2232PP
32 x 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) host interfaces (SFP+) and 8 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE fabric interfaces (SFP+)
Cisco Nexus 2232TM
32 x 1/10GBASE-T host interfaces and modular uplinks (8 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces [SFP+])
Cisco Nexus 2232TM-E
32 x 1/10GBASE-T host interfaces and uplink module (8 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces [SFP+]; superset of Cisco Nexus 2232TM)
Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Distributed Modular System
The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders behave like remote I/O modules for a parent Cisco Nexus 5000 or 7000 Series Switch. The fabric extender is essentially an extension of the parent Cisco Nexus switch fabric, with the fabric extender and the parent Cisco Nexus switch together forming a distributed modular system.
The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series forwards all traffic to the parent switch over 10 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks. Passing all traffic to the parent switch allows traffic to be shaped according to homogeneous policies established on the parent switch with a single point of management across more than 2000 1 Gigabit Ethernet Ports and more than 1500 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The distributed modular system architecture includes the following benefits:
• Architecture flexibility
• Highly scalable server access
• Simplified operations
• Increased business benefits
Cisco Nexus 2232TM-E 1/10GBASE-T Fabric Extender Features
The Cisco Nexus 2232TM-E 10GE Fabric Extender (Figure 2) is a superset of the Cisco Nexus 2232TM 10GE Fabric Extender.
Figure 3 shows the part number nomenclature for the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders.
Figure 3. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Part Number Nomenclature
The Cisco Nexus 2232TM-E 10GE Fabric Extender has a 1-year limited hardware warranty. The warranty includes hardware replacement with a 10-day turnaround from receipt of a return materials authorization (RMA).
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