Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches

High-Density, Compact Form Factor

Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches are designed to deliver high-density 40 Gigabit Ethernet in an energy-efficient, compact form factor. They offer a comprehensive integrated Layer 2 and Layer 3 feature set. These switches are thus ideal for space-constrained, high-density, and high-performance deployments in traditional, virtualized, and cloud environments.

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Cisco Nexus 6004, along with the new Cisco Nexus 2248PQ, offers a solution to manage large pool of 10 GE servers. With the introduction of 40 GE technology on these platforms, we can build a robust fabric that can scale significantly to meet our data center growth in the coming years.
- Anshuman Kanwar,
Director of Network Services, Citrix

Features and Capabilities

The comprehensive Cisco NX-OS feature set and the scalability of the Cisco Nexus 6000 Series deliver high performance, operational efficiency, and design flexibility with extensive programmability. These switches form part of the foundation of the Cisco Unified Fabric.

Following are the major benefits of this series:

High Scalability and Performance

  • Up to 384 10-Gbps or 96 40-Gbps line-rate, Layer 2 and Layer 3 ports in four-rack units (4RU)
  • Unified ports for LAN and SAN convergence (up to 160x 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet or FCoE ports and up to 60x 2/4/8-Gbps Fibre Channel ports)
  • Up to 2304, 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet server ports with the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders (FEX)
  • Cisco FabricPath support for scalable Layer 2 networks

Operational Efficiency

  • Advanced analytics toolkit with buffer and latency monitoring
  • Single point of management with FEX architecture
  • Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) and PowerOn Auto Provisioning (PoAP) for fabric automation


  • Programmability: Python scripting, TCL scripting, the Cisco One Platform Kit (onePK; supported in future software release)
  • Eight expansion slots with broad connectivity options, including future 100 Gigabit Ethernet support

Specifications at a Glance

Models Nexus 6004 and 6004X
Number of slots 8
Maximum switching capacity 7.68 Tbps
1 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) port density 96 using Cisco QSFP to SFP or SFP+ Adapter (QSA)
1/10 GE port density with Cisco Nexus 2000 2304
10 GE port density 384 using breakout
40 GE port density 96
Management tool Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager
Buffer 25 Mb per 3 x 40 GE or 12 x 10 GE ports
Scaling the Unified Fabric

Scaling the Unified Fabric

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Density and Performance

Density and Performance

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New Levels of Design Flexibility

New Levels of Design Flexibility

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