Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

Nexus 7000 NX-OS Innovations: Extending Industry Leadership

Extending Industry Leadership

Learn how Cisco Nexus 7000 innovations are transforming data center and campus networks. (5:59 min)

New Cisco Nexus 7000 Innovations

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Building Networks Without Limits

Innovations in Cisco NX-OS Software and Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches help transform your data center to be highly scalable and agile.

New Cisco NX-OS features help accelerate your transition to a converged, virtualized cloud-enabled network.

Locator/ID Separation Protocol

Transform Your Network Architecture

With the Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) routing architecture for enterprises and service providers, add scalability and agility to your virtualization and cloud-computing environments.

Current IP routing and addressing architecture uses a single numbering space for device identify and location. LISP routing architecture splits the device identity and its location into two different numbering spaces.

This address separation:

  • Provides global IP address portability
  • Significantly increases routing scalability
  • Simplifies IT operations

Implementing LISP requires no change to host addressing.

Enable Highly Agile Networks

Take advantage of the LISP architectural benefits for:

  • Workload mobility: Move virtual machines and physical hosts across Layer 3 boundaries and preserve their IP addresses
  • Cloud computing: Migrate or burst workloads from data center to or across service providers without changing host IP addresses
  • Scalable multi-tenancy: Eliminate route-table scaling issues by only populating required routes on demand
  • IPv6 transition: Deploy IPv6 incrementally over existing IPv4 infrastructure for simpler phased transition to IPv6


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Fibre Channel over Ethernet

Deploy End-to-End Unified Fabric

With the Cisco Nexus 7000 F-Series I/O module, you can now deploy Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) with a highly scalable director-class modular platform. This delivers a converged unified fabric for LAN and SAN traffic over Ethernet.

In addition, the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches support standards-based multihop FCoE topologies that help enable an end-to-end access to core converged fabric. With the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, you can now deploy an end-to-end unified fabric to consolidate data center traffic onto a single, highly available Cisco NX-OS based network fabric, reducing complexity and total cost of ownership (TCO).



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Multiprotocol Label Switching

Deploy Highly Secure Segmentation

With Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches, you get a comprehensive network-consolidation and virtualization feature set, with features such as:

  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Layer 3 VPN
  • Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV)
  • Virtual Route Forwarding (VRF)
  • Virtual device context (VDC)
  • VLANs

MPLS provides enterprises and service providers another option for deploying highly secure segmentation over a consolidated network, enabling a cloud ready network infrastructure.


  • Highly secure segmentation: Design flexibility with comprehensive MPLS Layer 3 VPN functionality
  • High availability: Modular Cisco NX-OS Software resiliency, including hitless In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
  • Investment protection: Supported on shipping M-series modules by software update


MPLS At-a-Glance

Increase Your Connectivity Options

Get an exceptionally high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet solution by combining the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches with the Cisco Nexus 2232PP 10GE Fabric Extender.

For top-of-rack Gigabit Ethernet deployments, the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches also support:

With a single point of management for up to 1500 ports per Cisco Nexus 7000, you can simplify network deployment and management, and save IT operations time.


Cisco Nexus 7000/2000 At-a-Glance
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