Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch


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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
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