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Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

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The following table compares Cisco Nexus 5000 Series models. For a complete catalog of all Cisco Nexus switch specifications and ordering information, refer to the Cisco Switch Guide.

  Cisco Nexus 5672UP Cisco Nexus 5672UP-16G Cisco Nexus 56128P
Rack unit (RU) 1 1 2
Switching capacity 1.44 Tbps 1.44 Tbps 2.56 Tbps
Expansion slots None None 2
Unified ports Yes Yes Yes
Fixed, built-in ports 48 (10 GE) 48 (10 GE) 48 (10 GE)
1/10 GE, 10-Gbps FCoE port density Up to 72 Up to 72 Up to 128
40-GE, FCoE port density N/A N/A N/A
1/10-Gb BASE-T No No No
40 GE uplinks 6 6 Up to 8 (through expansion module)
100 GE ports No No No
Fibre Channel port density (8/4/2/1 Gbps) 16 24 Up to 48 (through expansion modules only)
16-Gbps Fibre Channel  No Yes, up to 24 ports No
160-Gbps Layer 3 routing engine Native line rate L3 Native line rate L3 Native line rate L3
Fabric extender support Yes, up to 24 ( L2, L3) Yes, up to 24 ( L2, L3) Yes, up to 24 (L2, L3)
Hot-swappable power supplies and fan trays Yes Yes Yes
Air flow Front-back (port-side exhaust) and back-front (port-side inlet) Front-back (port-side exhaust) and back-front (port-side inlet) Front-back (port-side exhaust) and back-front (port-side inlet)
Programmable fabric with Cisco FabricPath Yes Yes Yes
Programmable fabric with VxLAN Yes Yes Yes
Programmability Python scripting, TCL scripting, NX-API, Openflow  Python scripting, TCL scripting, NX-API, Openflow  Python scripting, TCL scripting, NX-API, Openflow 
Cisco Nexus 5624Q Cisco Nexus 5648Q Cisco Nexus 5696Q
Rack unit (RU) 1 2 4
Switching capacity 1.92 Tbps 3.84 Tbps 7.68 Tbps
Expansion slots 1 2 8
Unified ports No No Yes
Fixed, built-in ports 12 (40 GE) 24 (40 GE) N/A
1/10 GE, 10-Gbps FCoE port density 96 192 384
40-GE, FCoE port density 24 48 96
1/10-Gb BASE-T No No No
40 GE uplinks N/A N/A N/A
100 GE ports No No Upto 32 (through expansion module)
Fibre Channel port density (8/4/2/1 Gbps) No No 160
16-Gbps Fibre Channel  No No No
160-Gbps Layer 3 routing engine Native line rate L3 Native line rate L3 Native line rate L3
Fabric extender support Yes, up to 24 (L2, L3) Yes, up to 48 (L2), 24 (L3) Yes, up to 48 (L2), 24 (L3)
Hot-swappable power supplies and fan trays Yes Yes Yes
Air flow Front-back (port-side exhaust) and back-front (port-side inlet) Front-back (port-side exhaust) and back-front (port-side inlet) Front-back (port-side exhaust) and back-front (port-side inlet)
Programmable fabric with Cisco FabricPath Yes Yes Yes
Programmable fabric with VxLAN Yes Yes Yes
Programmability Python scripting, TCL scripting, NX-API, Openflow  Python scripting, TCL scripting, NX-API, Openflow  Python scripting, TCL scripting, NX-API, Openflow