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Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches

Nexus 3000 Series Switches

Get top-of-rack, Layer 2 and 3 switching

Simplify management. Increase network visibility. Improve monitoring. The 3000 Series offers low-latency, highly programmable, high-density switches. These compact fixed switches are excellent for general-purpose deployments, high-performance computing (HPC), high-frequency trading (HFT), massively scalable data center (MSDC), and cloud networks.

Features and benefits

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Simplified operations

Cisco Embedded Event Manager, Python scripts, touchless boot and configuration, Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager, XML management tools, and advanced reboot features are included. Use Cisco Nexus Data Broker for visibility and monitoring.

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Open programmability

DevOps automation tools (Puppet, Chef, Ansible, etc.) are built in. NX-API offers a common programming approach across switches. Python scripts, Bash shell, and Linux containers support customer applications. OpenStack and OpenFlow support SDN.

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Scalability and high performance

Get multitenant scalability with VXLAN support. Cisco bidirectional support simplifies migration to 40 Gigabit Ethernet. AlgoBoost and Warp mode on Cisco Nexus 3500 Series Switches provide the lowest latency in the industry.

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High availability and efficiency

Modular Cisco NX-OS Software supports fault isolation. Switches use redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fan modules. Shared buffer space handles microbursts, regular data traffic flow, and jitter for increased network efficiency.

Compare 3000 Series models

The series is designed for top-of-rack deployments. It offers 24 to 128 ports, high performance, and comprehensive features.

3600 Series

3600 Series

  • Large 8-GB buffers and large tables
  • Native 25 GE support for access connectivity
  • Highly programmable with NX-API
  • 1/10/25/40/100-Gbps connectivity
3500 Series

3500 Series

  • Lowest latency in the industry
  • Comprehensive features, including AlgoBoost
  • Suited for HFT and HPC deployments
  • 1/10/40-Gbps connectivity
3400 Series

3400 Series

  • Programmable pipeline
  • In-band network telemetry (INT)
  • Suited for web scale, service provider, and financial data centers
  • 1/10/25G switch on chip access
3200 Series

3200 Series

  • High density and 42-MB buffer
  • MACsec capable and telemetry for top notch security
  • Highly programmable with comprehensive features
  • 10/25/40/50/100-Gbps connectivity
3100-Z Series

3100-Z Series

  • Compact: 100G 1RU
  • Flexible connectivity: 128 ports x 1/10/25/40/50/100G
  • Highly versatile leaf/spine platform
  • Wire-speed Layer 2 and 3 switching
3100V, 3100, 3000 Series

3100V, 3100, 3000 Series

  • Suited for big data, cloud, and virtualization
  • Optimized for 10G access and 10/100/1000 Mbps management
  • Compact power optimized platforms
  • VXLAN routing
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