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Improve Scalability, Efficiency, and Flexibility

The Cisco Nexus 5696Q is a high-density, wire-rate, Layer 2 and Layer 3 switch. It offers Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) support with 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports. These switches provide modular expansion slots for increased scalability, providing investment protection for future technologies. They also facilitate high scalability, operational efficiency, and design flexibility for traditional, virtualized, and cloud environments.

Video Data Sheet

The Cisco Nexus 5696Q Switch delivers high density 40 GE for access and aggregation layers. (6:48 min)

Accelerating 40 GE Adoption

The Cisco bidirectional transceiver is a cost-effective, 40 Gigabit Ethernet solution.

Features and Capabilities


The Cisco Nexus 5696Q is optimized for leaf and spine architectures, compact aggregation, high-performance 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet server access, 100 GE uplinks, and high-density Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) aggregation deployments.

The Cisco Nexus 5696Q Switch offers the following major benefits:

High Scalability and Performance

  • Up to 384 10-Gbps, 96 40-Gbps, or 32 100-Gbps line rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 ports in four-rack units (4RU)
  • Up to 2304 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet server ports with the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders
  • Up to 60 unified ports (1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), 2,4, or 8 Gbps Fibre Channel) for LAN and SAN convergence
  • Cisco FabricPath support for scalable Layer 2 networks

Operational Efficiency

  • Advanced analytics toolkit with latency and buffer monitoring
  • VXLAN support for virtualized and cloud deployments
  • Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) and PowerOn Auto Provisioning (PoAP) for automated virtualized and cloud deployments
  • Programmability: Python scripting, TCL scripting, the Cisco One Platform Kit (onePK; supported in a future software release)

Investment Protection

  • Ability to incrementally transition from 10 GE to 40 GE
  • Eight expansion slots with broad connectivity options, including 100 GE support
  • Cisco NX-OS feature set for ongoing investment protection

Scaling the Unified Fabric

Get exceptional 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet density in a compact form factor. (4:35 min)

Specifications at a Glance


  • Compact four-rack-unit (4RU) form factor
  • Eight expansion slots
  • Line-rate Layer 2, Layer 3 throughput
  • Unified Port for 10 GE FCoE and 8,4, 2 Gbps Fibre Channel
  • VXLAN support
  • 7.68 Tbps switching capacity
  • Port-side intake or port-side exhaust airflow

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