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Cisco Nexus 9300-GX Series Switches Data Sheet

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Product overview

Based on Cisco® Cloud Scale technology, the Cisco Nexus® 9300-GX switches are the next generation of fixed Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches capable of supporting 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GE). With the increase in use cases for applications requiring Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), the platform addresses the need for high-performance, power-efficient, compact switches in the networking infrastructure. These switches are designed to support 100G and 400G fabrics for mobile service provider environments, including the network edge, 5G, IoT, Professional Media Networking platform (PMN), and Network Functions Virtuapization (NFV) The platform introduces a backward-compatible 400G optical interface Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable – Double Density (QSFP-DD) to transparently migrate existing data center fabrics from 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps speeds to 400 Gbps and also offers various lower port speeds and densities, including 10, 25, 50, and 200 Gbps using breakouts. The Cisco Nexus 9300-GX provides investment protection for customers, delivering higher performance to meet scaled out spine-leaf fabrics to support growing traffic for cloud applications.

Cisco provides two modes of operation for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches. Organizations can deploy Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI®) or Cisco NX-OS mode.

Cisco ACI is a holistic, intent-driven architecture with centralized automation and policy-based application profiles. It provides a robust, transport network for dynamic workloads and is built on a network fabric that combines time-tested protocols with new innovations to create a highly flexible, scalable, and resilient architecture of low-latency, high-bandwidth links. This fabric delivers a network that can support the most demanding and flexible data center environments.

Designed for the programmable network, the Cisco NX-OS operating system automates configuration and management for customers who want to take advantage of the DevOps operation model and tool sets.

Switch models

Table 1 summarizes the Cisco Nexus GX Series Switches.

Table 1.       Cisco Nexus 9300 switches

Model

Description

Cisco Nexus 9316D Switch

16 x 400/100-Gbps QSFP-DD ports

Cisco Nexus 93600CD Switch

28 x 100/40-Gbps Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP28) and 8 x 400/100-Gbps QSFP-DD ports

Cisco Nexus 9364C Switch

64 x 100/40-Gbps Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP28)

The Cisco Nexus 9316D-GX Switch (Figure 1) is a 1RU switch that supports 12.8 Tbps of bandwidth and over 4.3 bpps. The switch can be configured to work as 10/25/40/50/100/200/400-Gbps offering flexible options in a compact form factor. Please see feature table below for more information.

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Figure 1.         

Cisco Nexus 9316D Switch

The Cisco Nexus 93600CD-GX Switch (Figure 2) is a 1RU switch that supports 12 Tbps of bandwidth and 4.0 bpps across 28 fixed 40/100G QSFP-28 ports and 8 fixed 40/100/400G QSFP-DD ports. The 28 ports support 10/25-Gbps. Please see feature table below for more information.

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Figure 2.         

Cisco Nexus 93600CD Switch

The Cisco Nexus 9364C-GX Switch (Figure 3) is a 2RU switch that supports 12.8 Tbps of bandwidth and over 4.3 bpps across 64 fixed 40/100G QSFP-28 ports. Please see feature table below for more information.

Cisco Nexus 9364C Switch -  A circuit boardDescription automatically generated

Cisco Nexus 9364C Switch

Features and benefits

The Cisco Nexus 9300-GX Series provides the following features and benefits:

     Architectural flexibility

     Industry-leading Cisco Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution and Cisco ACI® support

     Support for standards-based VXLAN EVPN fabrics, inclusive of hierarchical multi-site support (refer to VXLAN network with MP-BGP EVPN control plane for more information)

     Three-tier BGP architectures, enabling horizontal, non-blocking IPv6 network fabrics at web scale

     Segment Routing (SR and SRv6) allows the network to forward Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) packets and engineer traffic without Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP) Traffic Engineering (TE). It provides a control-plane alternative for increased network scalability and virtualization

     Comprehensive protocol support for Layer 3 (v4 and v6) unicast and multicast routing protocol suites, including BGP, Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2), Protocol Independent Multicast Sparse Mode (PIM-SM), Source-Specific Multicast (SSM), and Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP)

     Extensive programmability

     Day-zero automation through Power On Auto Provisioning (POAP), drastically reducing provisioning time

     Industry-leading integrations for leading DevOps configuration management applications, such as Ansible, Chef, Puppet, and SALT. Extensive native YANG and industry-standard OpenConfig model support through RESTCONF/NETCONF

     Pervasive APIs for all switch Command-Line Interface (CLI) functions (JSON-based RPC over HTTP/HTTPs)

     High scalability, flexibility, and security

     Flexible forwarding tables support up to one million shared entries on GX models. Flexible use of TCAM space allows for custom definition of Access Control List (ACL) templates

     Intelligent buffer management

     The platform offers Cisco’s innovative intelligent buffer management, which offers the capability to distinguish mice and elephant flows and apply different queue management schemes to them based on their network forwarding requirements in the event of link congestion

     Intelligent buffer management functions include:

     Approximate Fair Dropping (AFD) with Elephant Trap (ETRAP). AFD distinguishes long-lived elephant flows from short-lived mice flows, by using ETRAP. AFD exempts mice flows from the dropping algorithm so that mice flows will get their fair share of bandwidth without being starved by bandwidth-hungry elephant flows. Also, AFD tracks elephant flows and subjects them to the AFD algorithm in the egress queue to grant them their fair share of bandwidth

     ETRAP measures the byte counts of incoming flows and compares this against the user-defined ETRAP threshold. After a flow crosses the threshold, it becomes an elephant flow

     Dynamic Packet Prioritization (DPP) provides the capability of separating mice flows and elephant flows into two different queues so that buffer space can be allocated to them independently. Mice flows—sensitive to congestion and latency—can take priority queue and avoid re-ordering that allows the elephant flows to take full link bandwidth

     Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over converged Ethernet – RoCE support

     The platform offers lossless transport for Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over converged Ethernet with support of Data Center Bridging (DCB) protocols:

     Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) prevents drops in the network and pause-frame propagation per priority class

     Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) reserves bandwidth per priority class in network contention situations

     Data Center Bridging Exchange Protocol (DCBX) can discover and exchange priority and bandwidth information with endpoints

     The platform also supports Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN), which provides end-to-end notification per IP flow by marking packets that experienced congestion, without dropping traffic. The platform is capable of tracking ECN statistics, including the number of marked packets that have experienced congestion

     LAN and SAN convergence

     Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) N-Port Virtualization (NPV) support enables the network administrator to control domain IDs and points of management on a Fibre Channel network as it scales. This feature enables LAN and SAN-converged networks on a lossless, reliable Ethernet network

     Hardware and software high availability

     Virtual Port-Channel (vPC) technology provides Layer 2 multipathing through the elimination of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP). It also enables fully utilized bisectional bandwidth and simplified Layer 2 logical topologies without the need to change the existing management and deployment models

     The 64-way Equal-Cost MultiPath (ECMP) routing enables the use of Layer 3 fat-tree designs. This feature helps organizations prevent network bottlenecks, increase resiliency, and add capacity with little network disruption

     Advanced reboot capabilities include hot and cold patching

     The switches use hot-swappable Power-Supply Units (PSUs) and fans with N+1 redundancy

     Purpose-built Cisco NX-OS Software operating system with comprehensive, proven innovations

     A single binary image supports every switch in the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series, simplifying image management. The operating system is modular, with a dedicated process for each routing protocol: a design that isolates faults while increasing availability. In the event of a process failure, the process can be restarted without loss of state. The operating system supports hot and cold patching and online diagnostics

     Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) is the network management platform for all Cisco NX-OS-enabled deployments, spanning new fabric architectures, IP Fabric for Media, and storage networking deployments for the Cisco Nexus-powered data center. Accelerate provisioning from days to minutes and simplify deployments from day zero through day N. Reduce troubleshooting cycles with graphical operational visibility for topology, network fabric, and infrastructure. Eliminate configuration errors and automate ongoing change in a closed loop, with templated deployment models and configuration compliance alerting with automatic remediation. Enjoy a real-time health summary for fabric, devices, and topology. Correlated visibility for fabric (underlay, overlay, virtual and physical endpoints), including compute visualization with VMware

     Network traffic monitoring with Cisco Nexus Data Broker builds simple, scalable, and cost-effective network Test Access Points (TAPs) and Cisco Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) aggregation for network traffic monitoring and analysis

     Cisco Network Assurance Engine (NAE)

     Cisco NAE continuously verifies if the network infrastructure is operating as per policy intent. It leverages the power of mathematical models to reason on behalf of the operator in policy, configuration, and dynamic state level. NAE can precisely indicate problems in the network, identify which application or part of network is impacted, identify the root cause of the problem, and suggest how to fix it. Its continuous verification approach transforms day-2 operations from reactive to proactive mode and it does so without using any packet data. NAE helps avoid outages by predicting the impact of changes, reducing network-related IT incidents and shrinking the mean time to repair by up to 66 percent. NAE also helps assure network security and segmentation compliance. To learn more about NAE, visit: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/data-center-analytics/network-assurance-engine/index.html

Specifications

Table 2 lists the specifications for the Cisco Nexus GX Series fixed switches.

Table 2.           Cisco Nexus 9300-GX Series switch specifications

Item

Specifications

Device

N9K-C9316D-GX

N9K-C93600CD-GX

N9K-C9364C-GX

Ports

  16 x 400/100/40-Gbps QSFP-DD ports
  28 x 100/40-Gbps QSFP28 ports and 8 x 400/100-Gbps QSFP-DD ports
  64 x 100/40-Gbps QSFP28 ports

Supported speeds

  40/100/400-Gbps Ethernet
  Breakout supported on all ports, 1-16: 4x100, 8x50, 2x50, 4x25, 4x10
  10G w/QSA
  40/100-Gbps on downlinks
  40/100/400-Gbps on uplinks
  Breakout supported on ports, 25-36: 2x50, 4x10, 4x25G
  10G w/QSA
  40/100-Gbps
  Breakout supported:
  2x50, 2x25, 2x10 on all ports
  4x10, 4x25G on all odd numbered ports
  10G w/QSA

CPU

  4 cores
  4 cores
  4 cores

System memory

  32 GB
  32 GB
  Up to 32 GB

SSD Drive

  128 GB
  128 GB
  128 GB

System buffer

  80 MB
  80 MB
  80 MB

Management ports

  2 ports: 1 RJ-45 and 1 SFP
  2 ports: 1 RJ-45 and 1 SFP
  2 ports: 1 RJ-45 and 1 SFP

USB Ports

  1
  1
  1

RS-232 serial ports

  1
  1
  1

Power Supplies

  1100W AC, 1100W DC, 1100W HVAC/HVDC
  1100W AC, 1100W DC, 1100W HVAC/HVDC
  2000W AC, 2000W DC, 2000W HVAC/HVDC

Typical power (AC)

  420W
  586W
  811W

Maximum power (AC)

  1010W
  1071W
  1622W

Input voltage (AC)

  100 to 240V
  100 to 240V
  100 to 240V

Input voltage (High-Voltage AC [HVAC])

  100 to 277V
  100 to 277V
  100 to 277V

Input voltage (DC)

  –40 to –72V
  –40 to –72V
  –40 to –72V

Input voltage (High-Voltage DC [HVDC])

  –240 to –380V
  –240 to –380V
  –240 to –380V

Frequency (AC)

  50 to 60 Hz
  50 to 60 Hz
  50 to 60 Hz

Fans

  5+1 redundancy
  5+1 redundancy
  3+1 redundancy

Airflow

  Port-side intake and exhaust
  Port-side intake and exhaust
  Port-side intake and exhaust

Physical dimensions
(H x W x D)

  (H x W x D): 1.72 x 17.37 x 25.5 in. (4.37 x 44.13 x 64.8 cm)
  (H x W x D): 1.72 x 17.37 x 25.5 in. (4.37 x 44.13 x 64.8 cm)
  Dimensions (H x W x D): 3.39 x 17.41 x 22.59 in. (8.61 x 44.23 x 57.4 cm)

Acoustics

  73.2 dBA at 50% fan speed, 81.8 dBA at 70% fan speed, and 88.8 dBA at 100% fan speed
  73.2 dBA at 50% fan speed, 81.8 dBA at 70% fan speed, and 88.8 dBA at 100% fan speed
  77.3 dBA at 50% fan speed, 88.6 dBA at 70% fan speed, and 95.8 dBA at 100% fan speed

RoHS compliance

  Yes
  Yes
  Yes

Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF)

  323,140 hours
  295,515 hours
  237,760 hours

Minimum ACI image

  ACI-N9KDK9-14.2(2e)
  ACI-N9KDK9-14.2(2e)
  ACI-N9KDK9-14.2(3)

Minimum NX-OS image

  NXOS-9.3.3
  NXOS-9.3.3
  NXOS-9.3.3

The Cisco Nexus GX Series also introduces support of single-chip ACI spine-and-leaf functionality to enable customers to use a given GX series device, either in ACI spine or ACI leaf deployment for fully flexible deployments.

Table 3.           ACI support

Item

N9K-C9316D-GX

N9K-C93600CD-GX

N9K-C9364C-GX

ACI spine

Yes

Future

Future

ACI leaf

Future

Yes

Yes

Performance and scalability

Table 4 lists the performance and scalability specifications for the Cisco Nexus GX Series Switches.

Table 4.           Performance and scalability specifications

Item

Cisco Nexus 9300-GX Series Switches

Maximum number of IPv4 Longest Prefix Match (LPM) routes**

896,000

Maximum number of IPv4 host entries**

896,000

Maximum number of MAC address entries**

256,000

Maximum number of multicast routes

32,000

Number of Interior Gateway Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping groups

Shipping: 8000

Maximum: 32,000

Maximum number of Access-Control-List (ACL) entries

Per slice of the forwarding engine:

  5000 ingress
  2000 egress
  Max: 20,000 ingress, 8000 egress

Maximum number of VLANs

3967

Number of Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) instances

Shipping: 1000

Maximum: 16,000

Maximum number of ECMP paths

64

Maximum number of port channels

512

Maximum number of links in a port channel

32

Number of active SPAN sessions

4

Maximum number of VLANs in Rapid per-VLAN Spanning Tree (RPVST) instances

3967

Maximum number of Hot-Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) groups

490

Maximum number of Multiple Spanning Tree (MST) instances

64

Flow-table size used for Cisco Tetration Analytics platform***

64,000

Number of Network Address Translation (NAT) entries

1023

More templates and greater scalability are on the roadmap. Refer to the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Verified Scalability Guide and Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller for the latest, exact scalability numbers validated for specific software.

Table 5.           Weight

Component

Weight

Cisco Nexus 9316D-GX without power supplies or fans

28.8 lbs (13 kg)

Cisco Nexus 93600CD-GX without power supplies or fans

28 lbs (12.7 kg)

Cisco Nexus 9364C-GX without power supplies or fans

29.2 lbs (13.2 kg)

2000W AC power supply

2.2 lbs (1 kg)

2000W DC power supply

2.2 lbs (1 kg)

2000W HVAC/HVDC power supply

2.42 lbs (1.1 kg)

1100W AC power supply

2.42 lbs (1.1 kg)

1100W DC power supply

2.45 lbs (1.11 kg)

1100W HVAC/HVDC power supply

2.46 lbs (1.12 kg)

Fan tray: NXA-FAN-35CFM-PE or NXA-FAN-35CFM-PI

0.25 lbs (0.1 kg)

NXA-FAN-160CFM2PI or NXA-FAN-160CFM2PE

1.3 lbs (0.59 kg)

Regulatory standards compliance

Table 6 summarizes regulatory standards compliance for the platform.

Table 6.           Regulatory standards compliance: Safety and EMC

Specification

Description

Regulatory compliance

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

Safety

  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
  GB4943

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
  EN61000-3-2
  EN61000-3-3
  KN22 Class A
  CNS13438 Class A

Note: Cisco Nexus N9K-C9364C passes EMC Radiated Emissions standards in all configurations, with the only exception being if more than 40 pluggable optics of Cisco part number 10-3142-02 (or 10-3142-01) are used.

EMC: Immunity

  EN55024
  CISPR24
  EN300386
  KN 61000-4 series

RoHS

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 about the optical modules available and the minimum software release required for each supported optical module, visit: https://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps5455/products_device_support_tables_list.html.

Ordering information

Tables 7, 8, and 9 present ordering information for the Cisco Nexus GX Series switches.

Table 7.           N93-C9316D-GX ordering information

Part number

Product description

Hardware

N9K-C9316D-GX

Nexus 9316D Spine switch with 16p 400/100G QSFP-DD

Fan options

NXA-FAN-35CFM-PI

Nexus Fan, Nexus 2000, 3000, 9000 Single Fan, 35CFM, port side intake airflow

NXA-FAN-35CFM-PE

Nexus Fan, Nexus 2000, 3000, 9000 Single Fan, 35CFM, port side exhaust airflow

Power supply options

NXA-PAC-1100W-PI2

Nexus AC 1100W PSU Spare - port side intake

NXA-PAC-1100W-PE2

Nexus AC 1100W PSU Spare - port side exhaust

NXA-PDC-1100W-PI

Nexus 1100W Platinum DC PS, port side intake

NXA-PDC-1100W-PE

Nexus 1100W Platinum DC PS, port side exhaust

NXA-PHV-1100W-PI

Nexus 1100W Platinum HV-AC-DC PS, port side intake

NXA-PHV-1100W-PE

Nexus 1100W Platinum HV-AC-DC PS, port side exhaust

Accessories

NXK-ACC-KIT-1RU

Nexus 9000 Fixed Accessory Kit

Table 8.           N93-C93600CD-GX ordering information

Part number

Product description

Hardware

N9K-C93600CD-GX

Nexus 93600CD Spine and Leaf switch with 28p 100/40G QSFP28 and 8p 400/100G QSFP-DD

Fan options

NXA-FAN-35CFM-PI

Nexus Fan, Nexus 2000, 3000, 9000 Single Fan, 35CFM, port side intake airflow

NXA-FAN-35CFM-PE

Nexus Fan, Nexus 2000, 3000, 9000 Single Fan, 35CFM, port side exhaust airflow

Power supply options

NXA-PAC-1100W-PI2

Nexus AC 1100W PSU Spare - port side intake

NXA-PAC-1100W-PE2

Nexus AC 1100W PSU Spare - port side exhaust

NXA-PDC-1100W-PI

Nexus 1100W Platinum DC PS, port side intake

NXA-PDC-1100W-PE

Nexus 1100W Platinum DC PS, port side exhaust

NXA-PHV-1100W-PI

Nexus 1100W Platinum HV-AC-DC PS, port side intake

NXA-PHV-1100W-PE

Nexus 1100W Platinum HV-AC-DC PS, port side exhaust

Accessories

NXK-ACC-KIT-1RU

Nexus 9000 Fixed Accessory Kit

Table 9.           N93-C9364C-GX ordering information

Part number

Product description

Hardware

N9K-C9364C-GX

Nexus 9364C Spine and Leaf switch with 64p 100/40G QSFP28

Fan options

NXA-FAN-160CFM2PI

Nexus Fan, Nexus 2000, 3000, 9000 Single Fan, 160CFM, port side intake airflow

NXA-FAN-160CFM2PE

Nexus Fan, Nexus 2000, 3000, 9000 Single Fan, 160CFM, port side exhaust airflow

Power supply options

NXA-PAC-2KW-PI

Nexus AC 2000W PSU Spare - port side intake

NXA-PAC-2KW-PE

Nexus AC 2000W PSU Spare - port side exhaust

NXA-PDC-2KW-PI

Nexus 2000W Platinum DC PS, port side intake

NXA-PDC-2KW-PE

Nexus 2000W Platinum DC PS, port side exhaust

NXA-PHV-2KW-PI

Nexus 2000W Platinum HV-AC-DC PS, port side intake

Accessories

N9K-C9300-RMK

Nexus 9000 Fixed Rack Mount Kit

N9K-C9300-ACK

Nexus 9000 Fixed Accessory Kit

Warranty

The Cisco Nexus 9300 platform switches have a 1-year limited hardware warranty. The warranty includes hardware replacement with a 10-day turnaround from receipt of a Return Materials Authorization (RMA).

Cisco environmental sustainability

Information about Cisco’s environmental sustainability policies and initiatives for our products, solutions, operations, and extended operations or supply chain is provided in the “Environment Sustainability” section of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.

Reference links to information about key environmental sustainability topics (mentioned in the “Environment Sustainability” section of the CSR Report) are provided in the following table:

Sustainability topic

Reference

Information on product material content laws and regulations

Materials

Information on electronic waste laws and regulations, including products, batteries, and packaging

WEEE compliance

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Service and support

Cisco offers a range of professional, solution, and product support services for each stage of your Cisco Nexus 9300 platform deployment:

     Cisco Data Center Quick Start Service for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches - This offering provides consulting services that include technical advice and assistance to help deploy Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

     Cisco Data Center Accelerated Deployment Service for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches - This service delivers planning, design, and implementation expertise to bring your project into production. The service also provides recommended next steps, an architectural high-level design, and operation-readiness guidelines to scale the implementation to your environment

     Cisco Migration Service for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches - This service helps you migrate from Cisco Catalyst® 6000 Series Switches to Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

     Cisco product support – Our support service is available globally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for Cisco software and hardware products and technologies associated with Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches. Enhanced support options delivered by Cisco also include solution support for Cisco ACI, Cisco SMARTnet Service, and Cisco Smart Net Total Care®* Service

For more information, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/services.

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