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Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Switches Data Sheet

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Product Overview

Organizations everywhere recognize that changing application environments are creating new demands for the IT infrastructure that supports them. Application workloads are deployed across a mix of virtualized and nonvirtualized server and storage infrastructure, requiring a network infrastructure that provides consistent connectivity, security, and visibility across a range of bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud computing environments:

Application instances are created dynamically. As a result, the provisioning, modification, and removal of application network connectivity needs to be dynamic as well.

Business units demand accelerated application deployments. IT departments have to provide shared IT infrastructure to address time-to-market needs and to increase their return on investment (ROI).

With organizations deploying a mix of custom, open source, and off-the-shelf commercial applications, IT departments must manage both security and quality of service (QoS) for environments that support multitenancy.

Applications have been transitioning over time to a less monolithic, scale-out, multinode model. IT infrastructure that supports this model must scale with the speed of business and support both 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

The Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches include both modular and fixed-port switches that are designed to overcome these challenges with a flexible, agile, low-cost, application centric infrastructure.

The Cisco Nexus 9500 switching platform (Figure 1) includes three modular options: the Cisco Nexus 9504 Switch with 4 slots, the Cisco Nexus 9508 Switch with 8 slots, and the Cisco Nexus 9516 Switch with 16 slots. All three switches use the same supervisor, system controller, power supplies, and line cards[1]. The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform consists of Layer 2 and 3 nonblocking Ethernet switches with the hardware capability to support Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)[2]. With backplane bandwidth of more than 15, 30, and 60 terabits per second (Tbps) respectively, the Cisco Nexus 9504, 9508, and 9516 Switches support 1, 10, 40, and (future) 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces through a comprehensive selection of modular line cards. Configurable with up to 2304 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 576 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports, the switches provide sufficient capacity for both access- and aggregation-layer deployments.

Figure 1. Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches: Family Portrait

Cisco provides two modes of operation for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series. Organizations can use Cisco® NX-OS Software to deploy the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series in standard Cisco Nexus switch environments. Organizations also can use the application-centric infrastructure (ACI)-ready hardware infrastructure to take full advantage of an automated, policy-based, systems management approach. This data sheet covers standard Cisco Nexus switch deployment scenarios.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Features and Benefits

The Cisco Nexus 9500 is a modular chassis that supports up to 16 line cards, 2 supervisor modules, 2 chassis controllers, 3 fan trays, 6 fabric modules, and 10 power supplies. The switch supports comprehensive Layer 2 and 3 functions on nonblocking 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform is hardware ready for FCoE1 and designed for 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces as they become available (Table 1).

Table 1. Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Features and Benefits

Capability

Benefit

Predictable high performance

The switch delivers up to 60 Tbps of nonblocking performance with latency of less than 5 microseconds, enabling data center customers to build a robust network fabric that can scale from as few as 200 10 Gigabit Ethernet server ports to more than 200,000 10 Gigabit Ethernet server ports.

Nonblocking, high-density 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet configuration

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform helps organizations transition from existing 1 Gigabit Ethernet Cisco Catalyst® 6500 Series Switches server access designs to 10 Gigabit Ethernet server access designs with the same port density.

Nonblocking, high-density 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet configuration

The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series helps organizations transition from 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure to 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure to support the increased bandwidth demands of scale-out, multinode application environments.

Advanced optics

Cisco offers a pluggable 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ bidirectional transceiver that enables customers to use existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center cabling to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. This technology facilitates adoption of 40 Gigabit Ethernet with no cable infrastructure upgrade costs.

Highly available, scalable, and robust solution

All major components are redundant, including supervisors, system controllers, power supplies, and fan trays. The switch line cards use a mix of merchant and Cisco application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to produce a low-complexity, low-cost design. All buffer memory is integrated into the forwarding ASICs, avoiding the need for a large number of external memory modules. All transceivers are pluggable to support the highest possible mean time between failure (MTBF) for the switch.

Chassis designed for 2 to 3 future generations of line cards

The flexible and efficient chassis design has 100% headroom for future expansion with the capability to support more bandwidth and cooling and twice the number of power supplies needed to support today’s maximum configuration.

Power efficiency

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform is the first switch chassis designed without a midplane. Line cards and fabric modules connect directly. This design approach provides optimal front-to-back airflow and helps the switch operate using less power. In addition, all Cisco Nexus 9000 Series power supplies are 80 Plus Platinum rated.

The typical power consumption per 10 Gigabit Ethernet port is less than 3.5 watts (W). The typical power consumption of each 40 Gigabit Ethernet port is less than 14W.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Components

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform is built using the components illustrated in Figure 2 and described in the following sections.

Figure 2. Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Components

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Line Cards for Non-ACI Deployments

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform supports a variety of line cards, all of which can be configured in any combination (Table 2).

Table 2. Cisco Nexus 9500 Line Cards

N9K-X9636PQ: 40 Gigabit Ethernet Line Card

36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
Nonblocking
Require 6 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth
Designed for use in an aggregation switch role
Supports breakout cable for conversion from QSFP to 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet on all ports
Cannot be upgraded to ACI mode
Supported in 4- and 8-slot chassis

N9K-X9536PQ: 40 Gigabit Ethernet Line Card

36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
1:5.1 oversubscription
Require 3 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth
Designed for use with Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders and for mixed 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation
Can be upgraded to ACI leaf mode
Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis

N9K-X9564PX: 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Access-Layer and 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation-Layer Line Card

48-port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ with 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
Nonblocking
Requires 3 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth
Designed for use with Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders and for mixed 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation
Supports both direct-attach 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper cabling and optical transceivers
Offers 4 QFSP+ ports that provide 40 Gigabit Ethernet server access, uplink, and downlink capacity
Can be upgraded to ACI leaf mode
Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis

N9K-X9564TX: 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Copper Access-Layer and 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation-Layer Line Card

48-port 1 and 10GBASE-T plus 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
Nonblocking
Require 3 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth
Designed for end-of row (EoR) and middle-of-row (MoR) environments
Supports 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, and 10GBASE-T copper cabling connectivity for server access
Offers 4 QFSP+ ports that provide 40 Gigabit Ethernet server access, uplink, and downlink capacity
Can be upgraded to ACI leaf mode
Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis

N9K-X9432PQ: 40 Gigabit Ethernet Line Card

32-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
Line rate > 200-byte packets
Require 4 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth
Designed for use with Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders and for mixed 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation
Cannot be upgraded to ACI mode
Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis

N9K-X9464PX: 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Access-Layer and 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation-Layer Line Card

48-port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ with 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
Line rate > 200-byte packets
Requires 4 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth
Designed for use with Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders and for mixed 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet aggregation
Supports both direct-attach 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper cabling and optical transceivers
Offers 4 QFSP+ ports that provide 40 Gigabit Ethernet server access, uplink, and downlink capacity; also supports breakout cable for conversion from QSFP to 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet on these ports
Cannot be upgraded to ACI mode
Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis

N9K-X9464TX: 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Copper Access-Layer and 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation-Layer Line Card

48-port 1 and 10GBASE-T plus 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
Line rate > 200-byte packets
Require 4 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth
Designed for end-of row (EoR) and middle-of-row (MoR) environments
Supports 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, and 10GBASE-T copper cabling connectivity for server access
Offers 4 QFSP+ ports that provide 40 Gigabit Ethernet server access, uplink, and downlink capacity; also supports breakout cable for conversion from QSFP to 4 x 10 Gigabit Ethernet on these ports
Cannot be upgraded to ACI mode
Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Fabric Modules

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform internally uses a Clos fabric design that interconnects the line cards with rear-mounted fabric modules. The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform supports up to six fabric modules, each of which provides up to 10.24-Tbps line-rate packet forwarding capacity. All fabric cards are directly connected to all line cards. With load balancing across fabric cards, the architecture achieves optimal bandwidth distribution within the chassis. Table 3 provides ordering information.

Table 3. Cisco Nexus 9500 Line Cards and Fabric Modules

Part Number

Product Description

Required Fabric Modules for Maximum Bandwidth

N9K-X9636PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 36p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (non-blocking)

6

N9K-X9536PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 36p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (1.5:1 Oversubscribed). ACI Leaf Ready

6

N9K-X9564TX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G-T plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking). ACI Leaf Ready

3

N9K-X9564PX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G SFP+ plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking). ACI Leaf Ready

3

N9K-X9432PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 32p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (Linerate >200 Bytes)

4

N9K-X9464TX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G-T plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking)

4

N9K-X9464PX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G SFP+ plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking)

4

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Supervisor Module

A pair of redundant supervisor modules manages all switch operations using a state-synchronized active-standby model. Each supervisor module includes a quad-core CPU, 16 GB of RAM, and a 64-GB solid-state drive (SSD) for bootup and analytics information. The supervisor accepts an external clock and supports management through various ports including two USB ports, a serial console, and a 10/100/1000-Mbps network port.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform System Controller

A pair of redundant system controllers offloads chassis management functions from the supervisor modules. It is responsible for managing power supplies and fan trays and is a central point for the Gigabit Ethernet out-of-band channel (EOBC) between the supervisors, fabric modules, and line cards.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Power Supply

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform supports up to 10 hot-swappable, front-panel-accessible power supplies. A fully loaded chassis can operate with two 3000W AC power supplies. N+1 and N+N redundancy modes are supported. The 3000W AC power supply is 80 Plus Platinum rated, providing more than 90 percent efficiency across typical workloads.

The additional four power supply slots are not needed with existing line cards but offer headroom to support higher-bandwidth line cards in the future.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Fan Trays

Three hot-swappable fan trays support front-to-back cooling. Each fan tray covers two fabric modules and can be removed to access them.

Deployment Scenarios

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform is a versatile data center switching platform. Switches can operate as EoR access-layer switches deployed with or without Cisco fabric extender technology, as aggregation-layer switches in traditional hierarchical network architecture, and as leaf or spine switches in a horizontally scaled leaf-and-spine architecture.

End-of-Row Access-Layer Switch

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform switches can be configured as EoR access-layer switches (Figure 3). They can connect to almost any blade or rack server through 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections including the following:

Third-party and standalone Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS®) rack servers

Third-party blade server chassis with chassis-resident switches or pass-through devices

Cisco UCS

The platform provides an easy upgrade path from the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series, bringing the features, reliability, scalability, and availability of Cisco NX-OS Software platforms to existing EoR configurations. With its capability to support 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper connectivity, the platform supports the transition from 1 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet one server or rack at a time.

For example, equipped with eight 48-port 1 and 10GBASE-T line cards, each Cisco Nexus 9508 can service up to 384 servers, with thirty-two 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks available for server access or uplinks to the aggregation tier.

Figure 3. Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Switches Can Be Configured as EoR Access-Layer Switches with and without Cisco Fabric Extender Technology

Collapsed Access and Aggregation Layers

Figure 4 shows how the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform can combine with Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders to establish a centrally managed yet physically distributed access-layer switch serving both access and aggregation functions. Although each fabric extender resides physically at the top of each rack or within each blade server chassis, each device is treated as a remote line card of the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform chassis, yielding massive scalability through flexible bandwidth oversubscription but with only a single point of management.

Figure 4. Collapsed Access and Aggregation Layers with Cisco Fabric Extenders

Aggregation-Layer Switch

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform switches can act as aggregation-layer switches in traditional hierarchical architectures (Figure 5). Because the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform can host 10, 40, and (future) 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, organizations have immense flexibility to build new infrastructure based on the platform, as well as the capability to use the switches as slide-in replacements with increased bandwidth and functions, all using the existing copper and optical cable:

Uplinks: 40 and future 100 Gigabit Ethernet-to-core switching layer connectivity is essential, and the migration path offered by the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform prepares data center networks for future capacity growth.

Downlinks: 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to existing Cisco and third-party switches allows the switch to use existing infrastructure and integrate with top-of-row (ToR), EoR, or MoR access-layer switches. 40 Gigabit Ethernet capability pairs the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform in the aggregation layer with 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplink ports on the Cisco Nexus 9300 platform switches with fixed access ports. The capability to use 40-Gbps of connectivity on existing fiber pairs dramatically simplifies the move to greater per-rack bandwidth without the cost and complexity of upgrading the data center cable plant.

Figure 5. Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform as Aggregation-Layer Switches

Leaf-and-Spine Architecture

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform can serve equally as a leaf or a spine in these architectures (Figure 6). The Layer 3 capabilities established by both the Cisco Nexus 9500 and 9300 platforms enable the two to be used with Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) routing to accelerate the flow of traffic and reduce reconvergence time in the event of a failure.The degree of redundancy in leaf-and-spine architecture delivers increased availability with a high level of flexibility in workload placement. Depending on deployment requirements, the leaf-and-spine design can be implemented in Cisco NX-OS or ACI mode. For additional information about Cisco ACI mode refer to Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Application-Centric Infrastructure Switches Data Sheet.

Figure 6. Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform in a Leaf-and-Spine Architecture

Cisco NX-OS Software Overview

Cisco NX-OS is a data center purpose-built operating system designed for performance, resiliency, scalability, manageability, and programmability at its foundation. Cisco NX-OS provides a robust and comprehensive feature set that meets the demanding requirements of virtualization and automation in present and future data centers. The Cisco NX-OS Software for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches works in two modes:

Standalone Cisco NX-OS deployment

Cisco ACI deployment

The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series uses an enhanced version of Cisco NX-OS Software with a single binary image that supports every switch in the series, simplifying image management. The operating system is modular, with a dedicated process for each routing protocol, a design that isolates faults while increasing availability. In the event of a process failure, the process can be restarted without losing state. The operating system supports In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), hot and cold patching, and online diagnostics. In the event of a supervisor module failure, the software supports stateful switchover with continuous availability.

Main switch features include the following:

The Cisco ACI image enables the Cisco ACI spine-and-leaf architecture on the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform. Powered with the Opflex-enabled Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) and other open controllers such as OpenStack, this deployment model supports dramatic reduction in time-to-service delivery, automated network provisioning, and real-time telemetry correlation between the virtual and physical infrastructure.

Power-On Auto Provisioning (POAP) automates the process of upgrading software images and installing configuration files on Cisco Nexus switches that are being deployed in the network for the first time.

Intelligent Application Programming Interface (NX-API) provides operators with a way to manage the switch through remote procedure calls (RPCs; JavaScript Object Notation [JSON] or XML) over HTTP/HTTPS infrastructure.

Linux shell access enables the switch to be configured through Linux shell scripts, helping automate the configuration of multiple switches and helping ensure consistency among multiple switches.

Full ISSU and patching allows Cisco NX-OS to be upgraded and patched without any interruption in switch operations.

Line-rate overlay support provides Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) bridging and routing at full line rate, facilitating and accelerating communication between virtual and physical servers as well as between multiple data centers in a campus environment.

For additional information about NX-OS refer to Cisco Nexus 9500 and 9300 Series Switches NX-OS Software Data Sheet.

Cisco NX-OS Features and Benefits

The software packaging for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series offers flexibility and a comprehensive feature set while being consistent with Cisco Nexus access switches. The default system software has a comprehensive Layer 2 security and management feature set. To enable Layer 3 IP Unicast and IP Multicast routing functions, you must install additional licenses. Table 4 lists the software packaging and licensing available to enable advanced features.

Table 4. Software Packaging and Licensing

Packaging

Chassis Based

Part Number

Supported Features

Cisco Nexus 9500 platform Layer 3 license

Chassis

N95-LAN1K9

Layer 3 features, including full OSPF, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

Cisco Data Center Network Management (DCNM) license

Chassis

DCNM-LAN-N95-K9

Cisco DCNM license for Cisco Nexus 9500 platform

Software Requirements

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform supports Cisco NX-OS Software Release 6.1 and later. Cisco NX-OS interoperates with any networking operating system, including Cisco IOS® Software, that conforms to the networking standards.

The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series runs Cisco NX-OS on a 64-bit Linux kernel (Release 3.4.10) with a single binary image that supports both modular (Cisco Nexus 9500 platform) and fixed-port (Cisco Nexus 9300 platform) switches. The software image is based on Cisco NX-OS Software Release 6.1(2). The single image incorporates both the Linux kernel and Cisco NX-OS so that the switch can be booted through a standard Linux kickstart process.

Specifications

Table 5 lists the specifications for the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform in a non-ACI deployment. (Please check software release notes for feature support information.)

Table 5. Product Specifications: Performance and Scalability

Item

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform

Maximum number of longest prefix match (LPM) routes

128,000

Maximum number of IP host entries

88,000

Maximum number of MAC address entries

160,000

Number of multicast routes

8000 to 32,000 (without virtual Port Channel [vPC])
4000 to 32,000 (with vPC)

Number of Interior Gateway Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping groups

8000 to 32,000 (without virtual Port Channel [vPC])
4000 to 32,000 (with vPC)

Maximum number of Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders per switch

32

Number of access control list (ACL) entries

5,000 to 60,000 egress
1,500 to 18,000 ingress

Maximum number of VLANs

4096

Maximum number of Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) instances

1000

Maximum number of links in a PortChannel

32

Maximum number of ECMP paths

64

Maximum number of PortChannels

528

Number of active Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) sessions

4 to 32

Maximum number of Rapid per-VLAN Spanning Tree (RPVST) instances

507

Maximum number of Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) groups

490

Maximum number of Multiple Spanning Tree (MST) instances

64

Maximum number of tunnel endpoints (VTEP) and VXLAN physical servers (per VLAN)

10,000

Supported Optics Modules

For details about the available optics modules and the minimum software release required for each supported optical module, visit http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps5455/products_device_support_tables_list.html.

Power Supply

Table 6 lists the properties of the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform power supplies.

Table 6. Power Supply Properties

AC Power Supply Properties

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform

Power

3000W AC

Input voltage

200 to 240 VAC

Frequency

50 to 60 Hz

Efficiency

90% or greater (20 to 100% load)

RoHS compliance

Yes

Hot swappable

Yes

Front-to-back airflow power supply

Yes

Environment

Table 7 lists the environmental properties of the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform.

Table 7. Environmental Properties

Property

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform

Physical (H x W x D)

Cisco Nexus 9504
Cisco Nexus 9508
Cisco Nexus 9516

14.00 x 17.50 x 33.15 in. (20.36 x 44.50 x 84.20 cm)
22.70 x 17.50 x 31.76 in. (57.78 x 44.50 x 80.67 cm)
36.70 x 17.50 x 31.76 in. (93.41 x 44.50 x 80.67 cm)

Operating temperature

32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

Nonoperating (storage) temperature

-40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)

Humidity

5 to 95% (noncondensing)

Altitude

0 to 13,123 ft (0 to 4000m)

Weight and Typical Power

Table 8 lists the weight and typical power consumption of the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform.

Table 8. Weight and Power Consumption

Component

Weight

Typical Power

Maximum Power

Chassis

Cisco Nexus 9504 chassis
Cisco Nexus 9508 chassis
Cisco Nexus 9516 chassis

84 lb (38.2kg)
150 lb (68.2 kg)
192 lb (87.3 kg)

-

-

Cisco Nexus 3000W AC power supply (8 maximum)

6.16 lb (2.8 kg)

-

-

Fan trays (3 maximum)

Cisco Nexus 9504
Cisco Nexus 9508
Cisco Nexus 9516

6.38 lb (2.9 kg)
8.25 lb (3.7 kg)
10.10 lb (4.6kg)

95W
176 W
330W

137W
250W
450W

Fabric modules (6 maximum)

Cisco Nexus 9504
Cisco Nexus 9508
Cisco Nexus 9516

5.76 lb (2.6 kg)
9.59 lb (4.4 kg)
11.50 lb (5.2 kg)

95W
176W
330W

131W
251W
504W

Supervisor (2 maximum)

4.84 lb (2.2 kg)

69W

80W

System controller (2 maximum)

1.91 lb (0.9 kg)

13W

25W

Cisco Nexus X9636PQ: 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

11.48 lb (5.2 kg)

260W

400W

Cisco Nexus X9536PQ: 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

11.99 lb (5.44 kg)

360W

400W

Cisco Nexus X9564TX: 48-port 1/10GBASE-T and 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

12.58 lb (5.7 kg)

450W

540W

Cisco Nexus X9564PX: 48-port 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ and 4‑port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

11.48 lb (5.2 kg)

300W

400W

Cisco Nexus X9432PQ: 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

10.85 lb (4.92 kg)

240W

300W

Cisco Nexus X9464TX: 48-port 1/10GBASE-T and 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

10.01 lb (4.54 kg)

160W

240W

Cisco Nexus X9464PX: 48-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+/SFP and 4‑port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

10.76 lb (4.88 kg)

300W

360W

Regulatory Standards Compliance

Table 9 summarizes regulatory standards compliance for the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform.

Table 9. Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC

Specification

Description

Regulatory compliance

Products should comply with CE Markings according to directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC

Safety

UL 60950-1 Second Edition
CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
EN 60950-1 Second Edition
IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
AS/NZS 60950-1
GB4943

EMC: Emissions

47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
CISPR22 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
EN300386
KN 61000-4 series

RoHS

The product is RoHS-6 compliant with exceptions for leaded-ball grid-array (BGA) balls and lead press-fit connectors.

Ordering Information

Table 10 presents ordering information for the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform. Note that you can order the Cisco Nexus 2200 platform fabric extenders either separately or along with the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform.

Table 10. Ordering Information

Part Number

Product Description

Hardware

N9K-C9504-B1

Nexus 9504 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 3 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9504-B2

Nexus 9504 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 6 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9504-B3

Nexus 9504 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 4 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9508-B1

Nexus 9508 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 3 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9508-B2

Nexus 9508 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 6 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9508-B3

Nexus 9508 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 4 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9516-B1

Nexus 9516 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 3 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9516-B2

Nexus 9516 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 6 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9516-B3

Nexus 9516 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 4 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9504

Nexus 9504 Chassis with 4 linecard slots

N9K-C9508

Nexus 9508 Chassis with 8 linecard slots

N9K-C9516

Nexus 9516 Chassis with 16 linecard slots

N9K-X9636PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 36p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (non-blocking)

N9K-X9536PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 36p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (1.5:1 Oversubscribed)

N9K-X9564TX

Nexus 9500, 48p 1/10G-T plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking). ACI leaf Ready

N9K-X9564PX

Nexus 9500 48p 1/10G SFP+ plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking). ACI leaf Ready

N9K-X9432PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 32p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (Linerate >200 Bytes)

N9K-X9464TX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G-T plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking)

N9K-X9464PX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G SFP+ plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking)

N9K-SUP-A

Nexus 9500 Supervisor

N9K-SC-A

Nexus 9500 System Controller

N9K-PAC-3000W-B

Nexus 9500 3000W AC PS, Port Side Intake

N9K-C9504-FM

Fabric Module for Nexus 9504 chassis

N9K-C9508-FM

Fabric Module for Nexus 9508 chassis

N9K-C9516-FM

Fabric Module for Nexus 9516 chassis

N9K-C9504-FAN

Fan Tray for Nexus 9504 chassis

N9K-C9508-FAN

Fan Tray for Nexus 9508 chassis

N9K-C9516-FAN

Fan Tray for Nexus 9516 chassis

Software

N95-LAN1K9

Enhanced L3 including full OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, VXLAN

DCNM-LAN-N95-K9

DCNM license for Nexus 9500 Series

Power Cords

CAB-AC-16A-AUS

Power Cord, 250V AC, 16A, Australia C19

CAB-AC-2500W-EU

Power Cord, 250Vac 16A, Europe

CAB-AC-2500W-INT

Power Cord, 250Vac 16A, INTL

CAB-AC-2500W-ISRL

Power Cord, 250VAC, 16A, Israel

CAB-AC-2500W-US1

Power Cord, 250Vac 16A, straight blade NEMA 6-20 plug, US

CAB-AC-C6K-TWLK

Power Cord, 250Vac 16A, twist lock NEMA L6-20 plug, US

CAB-AC16A-CH

16A AC Power Cord For China

CAB-ACS-16

AC Power Cord (Swiss) 16A

CAB-C19-CBN

Cabinet Jumper Power Cord, 250 VAC 16A, C20-C19 Connectors

CAB-L520P-C19-US

NEMA L5-20 to IEC-C19 6ft US

Accessories

N9K-C9500-RMK=

Nexus 9500 Rack Mount Kit for Nexus 9508 and Nexus 9516 chassis

N9K-C9504-RMK=

Nexus 9500 Rack Mount Kit for Nexus 9504

N9K-C9500-ACK=

Nexus 9500 Accessory Kit

Warranty

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform 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).

Service and Support

Cisco offers a wide range of services to help accelerate your success in deploying and optimizing the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform in your data center. The innovative Cisco Services offerings are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners and are focused on helping you increase operation efficiency and improve your data center network. Cisco Advanced Services uses an architecture-led approach to help you align your data center infrastructure with your business goals and achieve long-term value. Cisco SMARTnet® Service helps you resolve mission-critical problems with direct access at any time to Cisco network experts and award-winning resources. With this service, you can take advantage of the Cisco Smart Call Home service capability, which offers proactive diagnostics and real-time alerts on your Cisco Nexus 9500 platform. Spanning the entire network lifecycle, Cisco Services offerings help increase investment protection, optimize network operations, support migration operations, and strengthen your IT expertise.

For More Information

For more information about the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series, please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/nexus9000.



[1] N9K-X9636PQ is not supported in 16 slot chassis

[2] Planned support through future software releases