Cisco NX-OS

Cisco NX-OS

Increasing Scale in the Cloud

Locator/ID Separator Protocol (LISP) enables agile virtual networks and cloud computing. (5:59 min)

Increasing Scale in the Cloud

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Scaling Your Data Center

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    • Cisco NX-OS for Cisco Nexus Switching Family

      • Provides a full-featured operating system available on the Cisco Nexus switching family
      • Evolved from proven SAN-OS, designed for LAN, WAN, and SAN deployments
      • Offers high availability, virtualization services, convergence, and simplified operations
      • Provides exceptional flexibility for integrating new innovations and evolving industry standards


Cisco NX-OS modular architecture offers flexibility to easily incorporate new innovations and meet future functionality and scalability needs

NX-OS industry-leading innovations include:

Cisco FabricPath

Get a highly scalable, high-bandwidth and resilient Layer 2 multipath network without a spanning tree

Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization

Extend Layer 2 networks across geographically distributed data centers for transparent workload mobility.

Locator/ID Separator Protocol (LISP)

Enable a new routing architecture with global IP address portability.

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and multi-hop FCoE

Converge LAN and SAN traffic over a single Ethernet unified fabric.

Virtual Device Context (VDC)

Virtualize a physical switch into multiple logical switches for infrastructure consolidation and segmentation (PCI certified).

Cisco Fabric Extender Link

Manage your network from a single point.

Unified Ports

Configure a single port for various data center connectivity requirements.

Cisco In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)

Deploy new features and services without any network outage or service disruption.

Cisco VN-Link

Extend network security policies and quality of service to the virtual machine level, based on 802.1Q standards.

I/O Accelerator

Accelerate replication and backup applications over extended distances.

Cisco Storage Media Encryption (SME)

Encrypt storage media (tape or disk) to meet compliance and regulatory requirements.

Cisco Data Mobility Manager (DMM)

Deploy online migration of data across heterogeneous storage methods to get workload mobility in a cloud.

Virtual Storage Area Networks (SANs)

Isolate traffic and management to consolidate and segment SANs.

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The industry-leading NX-OS provides comprehensive and proven innovations for LANs, SANs, and WANs to transform data centers of all sizes

At A Glance

Easily converge LAN and SAN environments with Cisco NX-OS. Built to unify and simplify the data center, NX-OS provides the networking foundation for a Cisco Data Center Business Advantage framework.

Delivering the critical features for the next-generation networks, NX-OS is designed around four main attributes :


NX-OS provides exceptional resiliency for highly secure continuous operations and also delivers:

  • Predictable performance for the most demanding network environments
  • Granular process modularity with automatic fault isolation and containment integrated with hardware resiliency features


Improve efficiency with traditional and advanced NX-OS operational features, including:

  • Integrated monitoring tools, analyzers, and switch clustering technologies
  • Similarities to Cisco IOS for ease of use


NX-OS offers virtualization on many levels, to reduce infrastructure sprawl and total cost of ownership (TCO):

  • Switch, network, and service-level virtualization
  • Tight integration between network and virtualized servers enhances virtual machine portability


NX-OS flexibility, scalability and modular architecture helps to enable

  • Integration of industry - leading innovation and evoluting standards.
  • Simplified portability offers consistent deployment across multiple platforms.

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