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Cisco Nexus C36180YC-R Switchview expanded image

1/10/25/40/100 GE for aggregation switching

This high-speed and high-density switch with big buffers and large tables is ideal for big data applications and edge routing. The C36180YC-R offers extensive Layer 2 and Layer 3 functions, comprehensive programmability features, and automation tools.

Features and Capabilities


High performance and scalability

  • 1/10/25/40/100 GE flexible port speeds with fiber cabling
  • Wire-rate Layer 2 and 3 switching on all ports
  • 8 GB of dynamic buffer allocation for scaling big data applications
  • Large routing table (iPv 4, iPv 6) for scalable edge routing
  • MPLS, Segment Routing, VxLAN capabilities

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

Security and analytics

  • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) for tight access control
  • Continuous system monitoring and proactive notifications with NX-OS troubleshooting and diagnostics

Highly available and efficient design

  • Graceful Insertion and Removal (GIR) mode
  • Hot-swappable and redundant power-supply units (PSUs) and fans
  • Modular software design for distributed multithreaded processing

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

Highly available and efficient design

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

Specifications at a Glance


  • 1 rack unit (1 RU)
  • 8-GB buffer
  • 1-, 10-, 25-, 40-, 50-, and 100-Gbps connectivity
  • Up to 1.8 Terabits per second (Tbps)
  • Up to 1.67 billion packets per second (bpps)
  • 48 x 1/10/25-Gbps SFP ports
  • 6 x 40/100-Gbps QSFP28 ports

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