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1/10/25/40/50/100 GE ToR with MACsec

Cisco Nexus 3264C-E switch offers 64 X 100 GE ports in 2RU with breakout. It is the first switch to introduce MACsec to the 3200 family. It offers a dense, high-performance, power-efficient and future-proof design to scale your data center. The 3264C-E supports Layer 2 and 3 switching on all ports with latency of 450ns.

Features and capabilities


High performance and scalability

  • 1/10/25/40/50/100 GE flexible port speeds and breakout
  • Wire-rate Layer 2 and 3 switching on all ports with latency of 450ns
  • 42 MB of dynamic buffer allocation, 4-core CPU, 16 GB of DRAM for massively scalable data centers and big data applications

Security and analytics

  • MACsec support on 16 ports
  • 1588 UTC format Ingress, Egress Packet time stamping
  • Continuous system monitoring and proactive notifications with NX-OS troubleshooting and diagnostics

Rich features

  • Enhanced Cisco NX-OS Software designed for performance, resiliency, scalability, manageability, and programmability
  • Open REST APIs with NX-OS help DevOps speed and simplify deployment
  • Zero downtime software updates with ISSU
  • Drastically reduced provisioning time with POAP

Highly available and efficient design

  • Hot-swappable and redundant power-supply units (PSUs) and fans
  • Modular software design for distributed multithreaded processing
  • Virtual PortChannel (Vpc) for fully utilized bisectional bandwidth and simplified Layer 2 logical topologies
  • Prevent network bottlenecks, increase resiliency, and add capacity with 64-way Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) routing

Simplified operations

  • PowerOn Auto Provisioning (POAP) and PXE for touchless bootup and configuration of the switch, drastically reducing provisioning time
  • Real-time network event detection, onboard automation and remote operation with Cisco Embedded Event Manager (EEM) and Python scripting

Scalable Monitoring

  • Network management system (NMS) support with Cisco Data Center Network Manager
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting control-plane traffic with built-in EtherAnalyzer
  • Advanced real-time buffer monitoring

Specifications at a Glance


  • 2 rack unit (RU)
  • 42 MB dynamic buffer allocation
  • 64 X 10/25/40/50, and 100-Gbps connectivity
  • 16 fixed MACsec enabled ports
  • 12.8 -Tbps switching capacity
  • Up to 4.3 billion packets per second (bpps)

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