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Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2 Series Fixed Switches Data Sheet

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Product highlights

In the evolving landscape of applications, there is an increased bandwidth requirement due to emergence of AI-powered applications. Large cloud and data-center networking teams require a flexible, reliable solution that efficiently manages, troubleshoots, and analyzes their IT infrastructure. They need security, automation, visibility, analytics, and assurance. Equipped to support this next-generation cloud architecture, the Cisco Nexus® 9300-GX2 series switches are based on Cisco Cloud Scale technology.

The Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2 series addresses the need for high-performance, power-efficient, compact switches in the networking infrastructure. These switches are designed to support 50G, 100G, 200G, and 400G fabrics for next-generation leaf and spine designs and IP storage fabrics. The platform is built with 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; it also offers various lower port speeds and densities, including 10, 25, 50, and 200 Gbps, using breakouts. 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.

Switch model

Table 1.           Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2 series switches

Model

Description

Cisco Nexus 9364D-GX2A

64 x 400-Gbps QSFP-DD and 2x 1/10 -Gbps SFP+ ports

Cisco Nexus 9332D-GX2B

32 x 400-Gbps QSFP-DD and 2x 1/10 -Gbps SFP+ ports

The Cisco Nexus 9364D-GX2A is a 2-Rack-Unit (2RU) switch that supports 25.6 Tbps of bandwidth and 9.49 bpps across 64 fixed 400G QSFP-DD ports and two fixed 1/10G SFP+ ports (Figure 1). Breakout cables are supported on all ports to achieve up to 256 ports of 10/25/50/100-Gbps or 128 ports of 200-Gbps. The first 16 ports, marked in green, are capable of wire-rate MACsec and Cloudsec encryption. The switch is best suited to support massive scale-out fabrics as a compact, high-density spine.

Cisco Nexus 9364D-GX2A switch

Figure 1.         

Cisco Nexus 9364D-GX2A switch

The Cisco Nexus 9332D-GX2B is a compact form-factor 1-Rack-unit (1RU) spine switch that supports 12.8 Tbps of bandwidth and 5.77 bpps across 32 fixed 400G QSFP-DD ports and two fixed 1/10G SFP+ ports (Figure 1). Breakout is supported on all ports to achieve up to 128 ports of 10/25/50/100-Gbps or 64 ports of 200-Gbps. The last eight ports, marked in green, are capable of wire-rate MACsec and Cloudsec encryption.

Cisco Nexus 9332D-GX2B switch

Figure 2.         

Cisco Nexus 9332D-GX2B switch

Features and benefits

The Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2 series switches provide the following features and benefits:

     Architectural flexibility

     Industry-leading Cisco Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution with Cisco ACI support. 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.

     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.

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

     Three-tier BGP architectures, enabling horizontal, nonblocking 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-0 automation through Power On Auto Provisioning(POAP), drastically reducing provision 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 two million shared entries on Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2 models.

     IEEE 802.1ae MAC Security (MACsec) and CloudSec[1] (VTEP to VTEP encryption) capability on select ports of 9300-GX2 models, allows traffic encryption at the physical layer and provides secure server, border leaf, and leaf-to-spine connectivity.

     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 reordering 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.

     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.

     Cisco Data Center Network Assurance and Insights

     Support for Intelligent automation with day-2 operation tools with Cisco Data Center Network Assurance and Insights. Click here to learn more.

Specifications

Table 2.           Cisco Nexus 9300 ACI spine switch specifications

Model

Cisco Nexus 9364D-GX2A

Cisco Nexus 9332D-GX2B

Physical

  64-port 400G QSFP-DD ports and 2-port 1/10G SFP+ ports
  Buffer: 120MB
  System memory: 32GB
  SSD: 128GB
  USB: 1 port
  RS-232 serial console ports: 1
  Management ports: 2 (1 x 10/100/1000BASE-T and 1 x 1-Gbps SFP)
  Hewitt Lake CPU: 6 cores
  32-port 400G QSFP-DD ports and 2-port 1/10G SFP+ ports
  Buffer: 120MB
  System memory: 32 GB
  SSD: 128GB
  USB: 1 port
  RS-232 serial console ports: 1
  Management ports: 2 (1 x 10/100/1000BASE-T and 1 x 1-Gbps SFP)
  Hewitt Lake CPU: 4 cores

Power and cooling

  Power: 3000W AC
  Input voltage: 100 to 240V * AC
  Hot-swappable, 4 fans, 3+1 redundancy
  Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz (AC)
  Efficiency: 90% or greater (20 to 100% load)
  Port-side intake
  Typical power: 2100 (AC)
  Maximum power: 2800 (AC)
  Power: 1500W AC or 1500 DC
  Input voltage: 100 to 240V * AC
  Hot-swappable, 6 fans, 5+1 redundancy
  Frequency: 50 to 60 Hz (AC)
  Efficiency: 90% or greater (20 to 100% load)
  Port-side intake or port-side exhaust options
  Typical power: 650 (AC)
  Maximum power: 1250 (AC)

Environmental

  Physical (H x W x D): 3.45 x 17.3 x 29.78 in. (8.76 x 43.94 x 75.65 cm)
  Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
  Nonoperating (storage) temperature: –40 to 158°F (–40 to 70°C) This is correct
  Humidity: 5 to 85% (noncondensing)
  Altitude: 0 to 13,123 ft (0 to 4000m)
  Physical (H x W x D): 1.7 x 17.3 x 22.9 in. (4.4 x 43.9 x 58.1 cm)
  Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
  Nonoperating (storage) temperature: –40 to 158°F (–40 to 70°C) This is correct
  Humidity: 5 to 85% (noncondensing)
  Altitude: 0 to 13,123 ft (0 to 4000m)

Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2 series switches support NX-OS and also ACI spine-and-leaf functionality for fully flexible deployments. Table 3 lists the switch mode support.

Table 3.           Switch mode support

Item

N9K-C9364D-GX2A

N9K-C9332D-GX2B

ACI spine

Yes

Future

ACI leaf

Future

Yes

NX-OS

Yes

Yes

Performance and scalability

Table 4 lists the performance and scalability specifications for the Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2 switches.

Table 4.           Performance and scalability specifications

Item

Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2A series switches

Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2B series switches

Number of slices

4 slice-pairs

2 slice-pairs

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

~1 Million

~2 Million

Maximum number of IPv4 host entries*

~1 Million

~2 Million

Maximum number of MAC address entries*

~500K

~1 Million

Maximum number of multicast routes

256,000

256,000

Number of Interior Gateway Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping groups

Maximum: 32,000

Maximum: 32,000

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

  6000 ingress/slice
  3000 egress/slice
  Max: 48,000 ingress, 24,000 egress
  6000 ingress/slice
  3000 egress/slice
  Max: 24,000 ingress, 12,000 egress

Maximum number of VLANs

4096**

4096**

Number of Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) instances

Maximum: 16,000

Maximum: 16,000

Maximum number of ECMP paths

64

64

Maximum number of port channels*

2K

2K

Maximum number of links in a port channel*

1K

1K

Number of active SPAN sessions

32

32

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

4K

4K

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

490

490

Maximum number of Multiple Spanning Tree (MST) instances

64

64

Flow-table size

64K/slice

128K/slice

Number of Network Address Translation (NAT) entries

1K

1K

*Refers to the hardware capacity, please visit the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Verified Scalability Guide and Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Scalability Guide for the latest supported scalability numbers validated for specific software.
**127 VLANs out of 4096 are reserved

Table 5.           Weight

Component

Weight

Cisco Nexus 9364D-GX2A without power supplies or fans

58 lbs (26.3 kg)

Cisco Nexus 9332D-GX2B without power supplies or fans

28 lbs (12.7 kg)

3000W AC power supply

3.74 lbs (1.7 kg)

1500W AC power supply

2.42 lbs (1.1 kg)

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

0.25 lbs (0.1 kg)

Fan Tray:NXA-FAN-160CFM2-PI or NXA-FAN-160CFM2-PE

lbs (0.6 kg)

Regulatory Standards Compliance

Table 6 summarizes regulatory standards compliance for the Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2 switches.

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

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

Software licensing

The software packaging for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series offers flexibility and a comprehensive feature set. The default system software has a comprehensive Layer 2 security and management feature set. To enable additional functions, including Layer 3 IP unicast and IP multicast routing and Cisco Nexus Data Broker, you must install additional licenses. The licensing guide illustrates the software packaging and licensing available to enable advanced features. For the latest software release information and recommendations, refer to the product bulletin at https://www.cisco.com/go/nexus9000.

Ordering information

Table 7 presents ordering information for the Cisco Nexus 9300-GX2 series switches.

Table 7.           Ordering information

Part number

Product description

Hardware

N9K-C9364D-GX2A

Cisco Nexus 9364D-GX2A Switch with 64p 400/100-Gbps QSFP-DD ports and 2p 1/10 SFP+ ports

N9K-C9332D-GX2B

Cisco Nexus 9332D-GX2B Switch with 32p 400/100-Gbps QSFP-DD ports and 2p 1/10 SFP+ ports

FAN options

NXA-FAN-160CFM2-PI

Cisco Nexus Fan, 160CFM, port-side intake airflow

NXA-FAN-160CFM2-PE

Cisco Nexus Fan, 160CFM, port-side exhaust airflow

NXA-FAN-35CFM-PI

Cisco Nexus Fan, 35CFM, port-side intake airflow

NXA-FAN-35CFM-PE

Cisco Nexus Fan, 35CFM, port-side exhaust airflow

Power supply options

NXA-PAC-3KW-PI

Cisco Nexus 3000W AC PS, port-side exhaust

NXA-PAC-3KW-PE

Cisco Nexus 3000W AC PS, port-side intake

NXA-PAC-1500W-PE

Cisco Nexus 1500W AC PS, port-side exhaust

NXA-PAC-1500W-PI

Cisco Nexus 1500W AC PS, port-side intake

Power cords

CAB-250V-10A-AR

AC Power Cord – 250V, 10A – Argentina (2.5 meters)

CAB-250V-10A-BR

AC Power Cord – 250V, 10A – Brazil (2.5 meters)

CAB-250V-10A-CN

AC Power Cord – 250V, 10A – PRC (2.5 meters)

CAB-250V-10A-ID

AC Power Cord – 250V, 10A – South Africa (2.5 meters)

CAB-250V-10A-IS

AC Power Cord – 250V, 10A – Israel (2.5 meters)

CAB-9K10A-AU

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

CAB-9K10A-EU

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

CAB-9K10A-IT

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

CAB-9K10A-SW

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

CAB-9K10A-UK

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

CAB-9K12A-NA

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

CAB-AC-L620-C13

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

CAB-C13-C14-2M

Power Cord Jumper, C13-C14 Connectors, 2 Meter Length (2.0 meters)

CAB-C13-CBN

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

CAB-IND-10A

10A Power Cable for India (2.5 meters)

CAB-N5K6A-NA

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

Warranty

The Cisco Nexus 9300 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).

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

Reference links to product-specific environmental sustainability information that is mentioned in relevant sections of this data sheet are provided in the following tables:

Sustainability topic

Reference

General

Product compliance

Table 6. Safety and compliance information

Power

Power supply

Table 2. Product specifications: power supplies, typical and maximum power specification

Material

Unit weight, dimensions and mean time between failures metrics

Table 2. Product specifications

Cisco makes the packaging data available for informational purposes only. It may not reflect the most current legal developments, and Cisco does not represent, warrant, or guarantee that it is complete, accurate, or up to date. This information is subject to change without notice.

Service and support

Cisco offers a wide range of services to help accelerate your success in deploying and optimizing the Cisco Nexus 9300 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.

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For more information

For more information on Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches and for the latest software release information and recommendations, please visit https://www.cisco.com/go/nexus9000.



[1] Please check software release notes to get the latest support for each product to enable MACsec and Cloudsec

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