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Acquisitions

Cisco Acquires Exablaze*

Exablaze is now Nexus. This technology complements Cisco’s networking portfolio and plays a key role in the delivery of next-generation platforms for low-latency applications.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – On February 3, 2020, Cisco has announced its acquisition of Exablaze*, a privately held, Australia-based designer and manufacturer of advanced network devices.  Exablaze’s design and manufacturing innovation offer customers the latest Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology with the required flexibility and programmability for environments where ultra-low-latency and high performance is critical. These next-generation products include advanced ultra-low latency FPGA-based switches and network interface cards (NICs), as well as picosecond resolution timing technology.

Exablaze products provide scale-out capabilities that are designed to seamlessly expand and adapt to meet a wide variety of requirements that include next-generation applications in high-frequency trading (HFT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), high-performance computing (HPC), Data Center, cloud and edge computing, and Service Providers.

The addition of Exablaze to Cisco’s Nexus switching portfolio will complement Cisco’s current switching technology with the FPGA-based layer-1 capable switchs and ultra-low latency NICs. Together Cisco and Exablaze will accelerate next generation switch platforms, and further create potential synergistic opportunities in emerging AI and ML segments.  

*Zomojo doing business as Exablaze

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Exablaze is now Nexus

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Q: Why did Cisco acquire ExaBlaze?
A:Exablaze technology complements Cisco’s networking portfolio and plays a key role in the delivery of next generation platforms for low-latency applications. Exablaze’s segment leading ultra-low latency devices and FPGA-based applications immediately boost Cisco’s product offering in the Financial and HFT segments.

The addition of Exablaze to Cisco’s Nexus switching portfolio complements Cisco’s current switching technology with the FPGA-based layer-1 capable switches and ultra-low latency NICs. Together Cisco and ExaBlaze accelerate next generation switch platforms, and further create potential synergistic opportunities in emerging AI and ML segments.

Q:  Who is Exablaze?
A: Exablaze was a privately held, Australia-based designer and manufacturer of advanced network devices. Exablaze’s design and manufacturing innovation offers customers the latest FPGA technology with the required flexibility and programmability for environments where ultra-low-latency and high performance is critical. These next-generation products include advanced ultra-low latency FPGA-based switches and network interface cards (NICs), as well as picosecond resolution timing technology.

Q:  What does ExaBlaze offer?
A: Exablaze’s design and manufacturing innovation offers customers the latest FPGA technology with the required flexibility and programmability for environments where ultra-low-latency and high performance is critical. These next-generation products include advanced ultra-low latency FPGA-based switches and network interface cards (NICs), and Terminal Access Point (TAP) aggregation packet brokers.

Exablaze’s segment leading ultra-low latency devices and FPGA-based applications immediately boost Cisco’s product offering in the Financial and HFT segments. The addition of Exablaze to Cisco’s Nexus switching portfolio complements Cisco’s current switching technology with the FPGA-based layer-1 capable switches and ultra-low latency NICs. Exablaze products provide scale-out capabilities that are designed to seamlessly expand and adapt to meet a wide variety of requirements that include next-generation applications in high-frequency trading (HFT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), high-performance computing (HPC), Data Center, cloud and edge computing, and Service Providers.

Cisco is dedicated to our customers’ and partners’ success by maintaining business continuity with existing products and projects. We are committed to creating value for our customers through deeper integration of Cisco and Exablaze technologies, driving new revenue streams and delivering competitive differentiation.

Cisco customers should contact their Cisco account teams. A Cisco salesperson can direct all sales and product inquires here

Existing Cisco Partners should continue to contact their Cisco Partner Account Manager (PAM) for additional information regarding this acquisition. 

Cisco Nexus 3550 Switch and Cisco SmartNICs customers and partners with an active service contract and/or warranty will use the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for technical support. For more information about opening a technical support case and for regional TAC telephone numbers, refer to Service and Support for Exablaze website.

 

Exablaze is now Nexus 3550 Series

Category

Type

Exablaze Product

New Cisco Rebrand Name

Fusion

Switch

ExaLINK Fusion L1

Nexus 3550-F Fusion L1

ExaLINK Fusion L2

Nexus 3550-F Fusion L2

ExaLINK Fusion HPT

Nexus 3550-F Fusion HPT

Mux

ExaLINK Fusion Mux

Nexus 3550-F Fusion Mux

Tray

ExaLINK Fusion SFP Line Cards

Nexus 3550-F Fusion SFP Card

ExaLINK Fusion QSFP Line Cards

Nexus 3550-F Fusion QSFP Card

Internal Module

ExaLINK Fusion FPGA Module

Nexus 3550-F Fusion FPGA Module

ExaLINK Fusion x86 CPU Module

Nexus 3550-F Fusion X86 Module

Hydra

Switch

ExaLINK Hydra 144

Nexus 3550-H Hydra L1-144

ExaLINK Hydra 160

Nexus 3550-H Hydra L1-160

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Exablaze is now Nexus SmartNIC products

Category

Type

Exablaze Product

New Cisco Rebrand Name

Smart Network Interface Card

Network Adapter

ExaNIC x10

Nexus X10 SmartNIC K35-S

ExaNIC x40

Nexus X40 SmartNIC K35-Q

ExaNIC x25

Nexus X25 SmartNIC K3P-S

ExaNIC x25 DDR

Nexus X25 SmartNIC K3P-S with DDR

ExaNIC x100

Nexus X100 SmartNIC K3P-Q

ExaNIC x100 DDR

Nexus X100 SmartNIC K3P-Q with DDR

ExaNIC v5P

Nexus SmartNIC+ V5P

ExaNIC v9P

Nexus SmartNIC+ V9P

Precision Time Protocol

NIC

ExaNIC HPT

Nexus NIC HPT

ExaNIC GM

Nexus NIC GM

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Better Together

Accelerating Cisco’s Intent-Based Networking Strategy
Cisco and Exablaze address customer needs for a next generation switching platform and network interface (NIC) to meet the rising demand for performance-optimized bandwidth