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Cisco Nexus 3172 Switch

Flexible, Top-of-Rack, Data Center Switching

Get high performance, workload isolation, and wire-rate Layers 2 and 3 switching based on Cisco NX-OS Software. The Cisco Nexus 3172PQ and 3172TQ switches, part of the Unified Fabricfamily, are compact, 1-rack-unit (1RU) switches for top-of-rack data center deployments.

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Features and Capabilities

Flexibility and High Performance

  • Provides Layers 2 and 3 switching of up to 1.4 Tbps and more than 950 mpps
  • Supports mobility and tenant isolation with VXLAN (with a software upgrade)
  • Optimizes latency with PHY-less design on all ports
  • Supports 1/10/40 Gbps for maximum physical layer flexibility
  • Offers up to 72 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports, or 48 1/10 GE plus six 40 GE ports in 1RU

Ease of Operations

The modular and resilient Cisco NX-OS Software is purpose-built with exceptional support for Layer 3 unicast and multicast routing protocols. Manageability features promote ease of use and include:

  • PowerOn Auto Provisioning for touchless bootup and configuration
  • Cisco Embedded Event Manager (EEM) and Python scripting
  • Advanced software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities, including support for Open Flow and Cisco OnePK
  • Integration with Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) and XML management tools

Specifications at a Glance

Physical specifications:

  • 3172PQ provides up to 72 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (48 small form factor pluggable plus [SFP+] and 6 Quad SFP+ [QSFP+])
  • 3172TQ provides up to 72 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (48 RJ-45 and 6 QSFP+)
  • Dual redundant power supplies
  • Redundant (3 plus 1) and hot-swappable fans
  • Low power consumption of 2 watts per port

Performance specifications:

  • Line-rate traffic throughput (both Layers 2 and 3) on all ports
  • Configurable maximum transmission units (MTUs) of up to 9216 bytes (jumbo frames)

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