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Cisco Nexus 9336PQ ACI Spine Switch Data Sheet

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Product Overview

Industry shifts are redefining IT at all levels. On-premise IT consumption models are shifting to cloud-based services. IT as a service (IaaS) is supplanted by applications as a service. Separate development and operations are moving toward integrated development and operations (DevOps). Device-centric management models are migrating to application-centric management.

Business agility requires application agility, so IT teams need to provision applications in hours instead of months. Resources need to scale up (or down) in minutes, not hours.

Traditional approaches take a siloed operational view, with no common operational model for the application, network, security, and cloud teams. A common operational model delivers application agility, simplified operations, assured performance, and scale.

The Solution: An Application-Centric Approach to Managing Your Infrastructure

Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is a holistic architecture with centralized automation and policy-based application profiles. The Cisco ACI fabric is designed from the foundation to support emerging industry demands while maintaining a migration path for architecture already in place. The fabric is designed to support the industry move to management automation, programmatic policy, and dynamic “workload-anywhere” models. The Cisco ACI fabric accomplishes this with a combination of hardware, policy-based control systems, and software closely coupled to provide advantages not possible in other models.

The fabric consists of three major components: the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), spine switches, and leaf switches. These three components handle both the application of network policy and the delivery of packets. Organizations can use the ACI-ready Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches as spine or leaf switches to take full advantage of an automated, policy-based, systems management approach.

The Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches include both spine and leaf switches. The Cisco Nexus 9336PQ ACI Spine Switch is a 2-rack-unit (2RU) spine switch for Cisco ACI that supports 2.88 Tbps of bandwidth across 36 fixed 40 QSFP+ ports (Figure 1). The rest of the Cisco Nexus 9300 platform is composed of fixed-port leaf switches. Cisco Nexus 9300 platform leaf switches are Layer 2 and 3 nonblocking 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet switches with up to 2.56 terabits per second (Tbps) of internal bandwidth. For detailed information, please refer to

Figure 1.      Cisco Nexus 9336PQ Switch


Table 1 lists the specifications for the Cisco Nexus 9336PQ switch. (Please check Cisco ACI software release notes for feature support information.)

Table 1.       Cisco Nexus 9336PQ Specifications




  36-port 40G QSFP ports
  1200 watt (W) AC power supplies or 930W DC power supplies (up to 2)
  80 Plus Platinum-rated power supplies that provide at least 90% efficiency with 20% utilization
  Hot-swappable, dual fan trays with redundant fans
  Port-side intake or Port side exhaust airflow direction

Power and Cooling

  Power: 1200W AC or 930W DC
  Input voltage: 200 to 240V AC or- 48V to -60V DC
  Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz (AC)
  Efficiency: 90% or greater (20 to 100% load)
  RoHS compliance: Yes
  Hot swappable: Yes
  Port-side intake or port-side exhale options
  Typical power: 400W (AC)
  Maximum power: 660W (AC)


  Physical (H x W x D): 3.5 x 17.5 x 22.5 in. (8.9 x 44.5 x 57.1 cm)
  Weight: 34.4 lb
  Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
  Nonoperating (storage) temperature: -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)
  Humidity: 5 to 95% (noncondensing)
  Altitude: 0 to 13,123 ft (0 to 4000m)


  Fan speed at 40%: 64.4 dBA
  Fan speed at 70%: 79.6 dBA
  Fan speed at 100%: 89.8 dBA

Advanced optics

  Cisco offers a pluggable 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ transceiver that enables customers to use existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center cabling to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. This technology facilitates adoption of 40 Gigabit Ethernet with no cable infrastructure upgrade cost.

Cisco Nexus 9336PQ ACI Spine Switch Deployment Scenarios

The Cisco Nexus 9336PQ Switch is designed for a spine role only. The Nexus 9336PQ spine switch along with Nexus 9300 leaf nodes enable an automated and policy driven ACI architecture. The Cisco Nexus 9336 PQ offers advanced scalability in the smallest spine switch form factor, and enables connectivity to up-to 36 Cisco Nexus 9300 leaf switches with its high port density of 36 40 GbE ports and 2.88 Tbps throughput. The degree of redundancy in leaf-and-spine architectures delivers increased availability with a high level of flexibility in workload placement (Figure 2).

Figure 2.      Cisco Nexus 9300 Platform in a Leaf-and-Spine Architecture


Table 2 presents license information for the Cisco Nexus 9300 and 9500 platforms.

Table 2.       Software Packaging and Licensing

Part Number

Supported Features


Cisco Nexus 9500 or 9300 ACI Base Software Cisco NX-OS Software Release 11.0

Software Requirements

For the latest software release information and recommendations, please refer to the product bulletin at and Cisco Feature Navigator.

Regulatory Standards Compliance

Table 3 summarizes regulatory standards compliance for the Cisco Nexus 9336PQ switch.

Table 3.       Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC



Regulatory compliance

Products should comply with CE Markings according to directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC


  UL 60950-1 Second Edition
  CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
  EN 60950-1 Second Edition
  IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
  AS/NZS 60950-1

EMC: Emissions

  47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
  AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
  CISPR22 Class A
  EN55022 Class A
  ICES003 Class A
  VCCI Class A
  KN22 Class A
  CNS13438 Class A

EMC: Immunity

  KN 61000-4 series


The product is RoHS-6 compliant with exceptions for leaded-ball grid-array (BGA) balls and lead press-fit connectors

Supported Optics Pluggable

For details on the optical modules available and the minimum software release required for each supported optical module, visit

Ordering Information

Table 4 presents ordering information for the Cisco Nexus 9336PQ Switch.

Table 4.       Ordering Information

Part Number

Product Description



Nexus 9336 ACI Spine switch with 36p 40G QSFP



Nexus 9500 or 9300 ACI Base Software NX-OS Rel 11.0

FAN Options


Nexus 9300 Fan 3, Port-side Intake


Nexus 9300 Fan 3, Port-side Exhaust

Power Supply Options


Nexus 9300 1200W AC PS, Port-side Intake


Nexus 9300 1200W AC PS, Port-side Exhaust


930W -48V DC PS, Port-side Intake

Power Cords


AC Power Cord - 250V, 10A - Argentina (2.5 meter)


AC Power Cord - 250V, 10A - Brazil (2.1 meter)


AC Power Cord - 250V, 10A - PRC (2.5 meter)


AC Power Cord - 250V, 10A, South Africa (2.5 meter)


AC Power Cord - 250V, 10A - Israel (2.5 meter)


Power Cord, 250VAC 10A 3112 Plug, Australia (2.5 meter)


Power Cord, 250VAC 10A CEE 7/7 Plug, EU (2.5 meter)


Power Cord, 250VAC 10A CEI 23-16/VII Plug, Italy (2.5 meter)


Power Cord, 250VAC 10A MP232 Plug, SWITZ (2.5 meter)


Power Cord, 250VAC 10A BS1363 Plug (13 A fuse), UK (2.5 meter)


Power Cord, 125VAC 13A NEMA 5-15 Plug, North America (2.5 meter)


North America, NEMA L6-20-C13 (2.0 meter)


Power Cord Jumper, C13-C14 Connectors, 2 Meter Length (2 meter)


Power cord, C13 to C14 (recessed receptacle), 10A (3 meter)


Cabinet Jumper Power Cord, 250 VAC 10A, C14-C13 Connectors (0.7 meter)


10A Power cable for India (2.5 meter)


Power Cord, 200/240V 6A North America (2.5 meter)



Nexus 9300 Accessory Kit


Nexus 9300 Rack Mount Kit


The Cisco Nexus 9336PQ switch has a 1-year limited hardware warranty. The warranty includes hardware replacement with a 10-day turnaround from receipt of a return materials authorization (RMA).

Service and Support

Cisco offers a wide range of services to help accelerate your success in deploying and optimizing the Cisco Nexus 9336PQ switch in your data center. The innovative Cisco Services offerings are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners and are focused on helping you increase operation efficiency and improve your data center network. Cisco Advanced Services uses an architecture-led approach to help you align your data center infrastructure with your business goals and achieve long-term value. Cisco SMARTnet® Service helps you resolve mission-critical problems with direct access at any time to Cisco network experts and award-winning resources.

For More Information

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