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Product Overview

The Cisco Nexus® 7000 Series Switches are the foundation of the Cisco® Unified Fabric solution. Designed to meet the requirements of mission-critical data centers, these switches deliver exceptional availability, outstanding scalability, and the proven and comprehensive Cisco NX-OS Software data center switching feature set.

The Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches are the latest extension to the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series modular switches. With more than 83 terabits per second (Tbps) of overall switching capacity, the Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches delivers the highest-capacity 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports in the industry, with up to 768 native 10-Gbps ports, 384 40-Gbps ports, or 192 100-Gbps ports. This high system capacity is designed to meet the scalability requirements of the largest cloud environments.

The Cisco Nexus 7700 switches have operational and feature consistency with the existing Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches, using common system architecture, the same application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) technology, and the same proven Cisco NX-OS Software releases.

The Cisco Nexus 7700 Supervisor 2E (Supervisor 2 Enhanced) Module (Figure 1) scales the control-plane and data-plane services for the Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches in scalable data center networks. The enhanced supervisor module is designed to deliver control-plane and management functions. The supervisor controls the Layer 2 and 3 services, redundancy capabilities, configuration management, status monitoring, power and environmental management, and more. It provides centralized arbitration to the system fabric for all line cards.

The fully distributed forwarding architecture allows the supervisor to support transparent upgrades to I/O and fabric modules with greater forwarding capacity. Two supervisors are required for a fully redundant system, with one supervisor module running as the active device and the other in hot-standby mode, providing exceptional high-availability features such as stateful switchover and In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) on mission-critical data center-class products.

Figure 1.      Cisco Nexus 7700 Supervisor 2E Module

The Cisco Nexus 7700 Supervisor 2E Module is based on a two-quad-core Intel Xeon processor with 32 GB of memory that scales the control plane by harnessing the flexibility and power of the two quad cores, offering high control-plane performance and scalability: for example, support for more virtual device contexts (VDCs) and fabric extenders.

Features and Benefits

The Cisco Nexus 7700 enhanced supervisor module delivers a comprehensive set of features to address the needs of the most demanding data center deployments:

   Continuous system operation

     Active and standby supervisors

     Segmented and redundant out-of-band provisioning and management paths

     Virtualization of the management plane

     Integrated diagnostics and protocol decoding with an embedded control-plane packet analyzer

   Upgradeable architecture

     No hardware or software forwarding

     Independent supervisor and fabric modules in a distributed architecture, enabling independent upgrades of supervisor and fabric modules

     Transparent upgrade capacity and capability, designed to support high-density 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet

   Superior operating efficiency

     System locator and beacon LEDs for simplified operations (Figure 2)

     On-board failure logging (OBFL) flash memory

     Built-in 16-GB internal log-flash memory

   Control-plane and virtualization features such as:


     Fabric extender control plane

     Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) control plane

     Layer 3 protocol learning

     Spanning Tree Protocol processing

     Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) processing for multicast, etc.

     CPU shares to allocate and help guarantee CPU cycles for the highest-priority VDCs

Figure 2.      Cisco Nexus 7700 Supervisor 2E Module Connectivity and Indicators

Table 1 summarizes the features and benefits of the Cisco Nexus 7700 Enhanced supervisor module.

Table 1.       Features and Benefits



High availability

Two supervisor modules operate in active and standby modes with stateful supervisor failover to enhance total system availability.

Resilient dedicated connectivity to each fabric and I/O module slot

Dual redundant Ethernet out-of-band channels to each module and fabric provide resilience for communication between the control plane and line-card processors.

Centralized arbiter

Active-active control of the flow of traffic through the switch fabric helps ensure transparent switchover with no data loss.

Virtual output queue (VOQ)

A quality-of-service (QoS)-aware lossless fabric avoids the problems associated with head-of-line blocking.

Embedded packet analyzer

An advanced integrated troubleshooting tool reduces the need for dedicated protocol analyzers and provides faster resolution of control-plane problems.

Front-panel LEDs

LEDs provide visible indicators of the supervisor ID, active or standby status, power management, and activity on the compact flash drive.

Identification LED

Using the beacon feature, the administrator can clearly identify the chassis and supervisor module.

USB ports

Ports enable access to USB flash memory devices for software image loading and recovery.

Log flash memory

16 GB of internal log flash memory is available for logging.

CPU shares

CPU shares enable you to allocate specific amounts of the switch’s CPU processing to a specific VDC. This feature enables you to prioritize VDCs and help ensure that critical VDCs have access to the CPU, and it prevents lower-priority VDCs from negatively affecting higher-priority VDCs.

Supervisor Redundancy

Two supervisor modules are required in a Cisco Nexus 7700 switching system for high availability with active-standby redundancy, with one supervisor module operationally active, and the standby device serving as a hot backup. Both supervisors in the redundancy configuration must be of the same type.

Advanced Diagnostics and Troubleshooting Tools

Management of large-scale data center networks requires proactive management tools to verify connectivity and mechanisms for capturing and analyzing traffic. The Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches Supervisor 2E Module incorporates highly advanced analysis and debugging capabilities. The Power-On Self-Test (POST) and Cisco Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD) provide proactive health monitoring both at startup and during system operation. The supervisor module uniquely provides a built-in packet capture and protocol-decoding tool that allows analysis of control-plane traffic to improve network planning, provide faster operation response times to events, and reduce operating costs.

Product Specifications

Table 2 lists the specifications of the Cisco Nexus 7700 enhanced supervisor module.

Table 2.       Technical Specifications


Cisco Nexus 7700 Supervisor 2E Module


Intel Xeon

Number of cores

2 quad cores


2.13 GHz



Cisco NX-OS release

Cisco NX-OS Software Release 6.2


32 GB (DDR3)

NVRAM 2-MB battery backup

Connectivity management processor (CMP)

Not supported

Flash memory

USB flash memory

Removable storage

2 external USB memory slots:

  Slot 0
  USB 1


Typical: 200 watts (W)

Maximum: 265W


  H x W x D: 2.04 x 7.94 x 21.85 in. (5.18 x 20.17 x 55.5 cm)
  Weight: 8.5 lb (3.86 kg)

Table 3 provides additional technical specifications for the Cisco Nexus 7700 enhanced supervisor module.

Table 3.       Technical Specifications



Product compatibility

Cisco Nexus 7700 switches

Cards, ports, and slots

2 supervisor modules required per system for high availability


  Supervisor management port: 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet port
  Console serial port: RJ45 connector
  2 USB ports: (Slot 0 and USB 1) for peripheral devices


Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) supported; see Cisco NX-OS Software release notes for information about specific MIB support

Network management

  Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)

Programming interfaces

  Scriptable command-line interface (CLI)
  Cisco DCNM web services
  Tool Command Language (TCL)
  Cisco IOS® Embedded Event Manager (EEM)
  Cisco Open Network Environment (ONE) Platform Kit (OnePK)

Environmental conditions

  Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
  Relative humidity (operational): 5 to 90%, noncondensing
  Storage temperature: - 40 to 158°F (- 40 to 70°C)
  Relative humidity (nonoperational): 5 to 95%, noncondensing

Regulatory compliance

  EMC compliance
  FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) (USA) Class A
  ICES-003 (Canada) Class A
  EN55022 (Europe) Class A
  CISPR22 (International) Class A
  AS/NZS CISPR22 (Australia and New Zealand) Class A
  VCCI (Japan) Class A
  KN22 (Korea) Class A
  CNS13438 (Taiwan) Class A
  EN300 386

Environmental standards

  NEBS criteria levels*
   SR-3580 NEBS Level 3 (GR-63-CORE and GR-1089-CORE)
  Verizon NEBS compliance*
   Telecommunications Carrier Group (TCG) Checklist
  Century Link NEBS requirements*
   Telecommunications Carrier Group (TCG) Checklist
  ATT NEBS requirements*
   ATT TP76200 level 3
   ETSI 300 019-2-1, Class 1.2 Storage
   ETSI 300 019-2-2, Class 2.3 Transportation
   ETSI 300 019-2-3, Class 3.2 Stationary Use

*Validation in progress


  UL/CSA/IEC/EN 60950-1
  AS/NZS 60950


Cisco Nexus 7700 Switches come with the standard Cisco 1-year limited hardware warranty.

Ordering Information

To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering homepage. To download software, visit the Cisco Software Center. Table 4 provides ordering information.

Table 4.       Ordering Information

Product Name

Part Number

Cisco Nexus 7700 Switch Supervisor2 Enhanced Module

Cisco Nexus 7700 Switch Supervisor2 Enhanced Module Spare



Cisco Nexus 7700 - USB Flash Memory - 2 GB (Flash)

Cisco Nexus 7700 - USB Flash Memory - 2 GB (Flash) Spare



Service and Support

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