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Scale and Extend the Fabric

Support Cisco FabricPath and IEEE standards, FCoE with FEX Technology, and Precision Time Protocol.

Get a Fabric- Extensible, Innovative Platform

As part of the network foundation of Unified Fabric, the Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch delivers innovative architectural flexibility, infrastructure simplicity, and business agility, with support for networking standards. For traditional, virtualized, unified, and high-performance computing (HPC) environments, it offers a long list of IT and business advantages, including:

Architectural Flexibility

Infrastructure Simplicity

  • Common high-density, high-performance, data-center-class, fixed-form-factor platform
  • Consolidates LAN and storage
  • Supports any transport over an Ethernet-based fabric, including Layer 2 and Layer 3 traffic
  • Supports storage traffic, including iSCSI, NAS, FC, RoE, and IBoE
  • Reduces management points with FEX Technology

Business Agility

  • Meets diverse data center deployments on one platform
  • Provides rapid migration and transition for traditional and evolving technologies
  • Offers performance and scalability to meet growing business needs

Specifications at a Glance

  • A 2-rack-unit, 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet switch
  • Forty-eight fixed Unified Ports on base chassis, and three modules totaling 96 ports
  • Three modules include Unified Ports, 1/2/4/8 native Fibre Channel, and Ethernet/FCoE
  • Throughput of up to 1.92 terabits/second

Featured Content

Market Leader Award to Cisco

IT Brand Pulse honored the Cisco Fibre Connect over Ethernet (FCoE) Switch a leader in market, innovation, price, and more.

University Reduces Network TCO Adobe PDF file (PDF - 1.05 MB)
Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches improve network flexibility and cost-savings.

Product Support Services

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Additional Resources

Data Sheets and Literature


(All Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches Bulletins)
Case Studies

(All Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches Case Studies)
Data Sheets

(All Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches Data Sheets)
Solution Overviews

(All Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches Solution Overviews)
White Papers

(All Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches White Papers)
Cisco Nexus 5548P Switch Architecture

Cisco Nexus 5020 Switch Performance in Market-Data and Back-Office Data Delivery Environments

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Architecture: The Building Blocks of the Unified Fabric

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches: Decrease Data Center Costs with Consolidated I/O

Cisco Nexus Switches: Achieve Global Workload Mobility in a Virtualized Environment

Cisco VN-Link: Virtualization-Aware Networking

Cut-Through and Store-and-Forward Ethernet Switching for Low-Latency Environments

Deploying 10 Gigabit Ethernet with Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

Energy-Efficient Unified Fabrics: Transform the Data Center Infrastructure with Cisco Nexus Series

FCoE Initiation Protocol

Lossless 10 Gigabit Ethernet: The Unifying Infrastructure for SAN and LAN Consolidation

Power and Cooling Savings with Unified Networking

Priority Flow Control: Build Reliable Layer 2 Infrastructure

QLogic Adapters and Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches: FCoE Design Guide (PDF - 2 MB)

Rack-Level I/O Consolidation with Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

The Next Phase of Datacenter Development (PDF - 204 KB)

The Role of 10 Gigabit Ethernet in Virtualized Environments (PDF - 1 MB)

Unified Data Center Fabric: Reduce Costs and Improve Flexibility

University of Arizona Increases Flexibility While Reducing Total Cost of Ownership with Cisco Nexus (PDF - 1 MB)

Using 10 Gigabit Ethernet Interconnect for Computational Fluid Dynamics in Automotive Design and Engineering

Virtual PortChannel Quick Configuration Guide

iSCSI and FCoE: A Comparison

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