Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

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Build the Next-Generation Automated Data Center

The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series delivers proven high performance and density, low latency, and exceptional power efficiency in a broad range of compact form factors. Operating in Cisco NX-OS Software mode or in Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode, these switches are ideal for traditional or fully automated data center deployments.

Video Data Sheet

Video Data Sheet

Learn more about Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches. (4:21 min)

Cisco ACI Overview

Cisco ACI Overview

See how ACI radically simplifies, optimizes and accelerates the entire application deployment lifecycle. (4:50 min)

Features and Capabilities

The 9000 Series Switches offer both modular (9500 switches) and fixed (9300 switches) 1/10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet switch configurations designed to operate in one of two modes:

  • Cisco NX-OS mode for traditional architectures and consistency across the Cisco Nexus portfolio
  • ACI mode to take full advantage of the policy-driven services and infrastructure automation features of ACI

Architectural Flexibility

  • Delivers high performance and density and energy-efficient traditional 3-tier or leaf-spine architectures
  • Provides foundation for Cisco ACI, automating application deployment and delivering simplicity, agility, and flexibility


  • Intelligent APIs to manage the switch through remote-procedure calls over HTTP or HTTPS
  • Linux shell access and container environment to customize management and monitoring
  • Python Scripting for programmatic access to the switch CLI


  • Up to 60 Tbps of nonblocking performance with less than 5-microsecond latency
  • Up to 2304 10-Gbps or 576 40-Gbps nonblocking Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet ports
  • Wire-speed VXLAN gateway, bridging, and routing support

High Availability

  • Full Cisco In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) and patching without any interruption in operation
  • Fully redundant and hot-swappable components
  • Mix of third-party and Cisco ASICs for improved reliability and performance

Energy Efficiency

  • Chassis design without a midplane to optimize airflow and reduce energy requirements
  • Optimized design with fewer ASICs, resulting in lower energy use
  • Efficient power supplies that are rated at 80 Plus Platinum

Investment Protection

  • Cisco 40-Gb bidirectional transceiver for reuse of existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet cabling plant for 40 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Designed to support future ASIC generations
  • Support for Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders in both NX-OS and ACI mode
  • Easy migration from NX-OS mode to ACI mode
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