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Cisco Nexus 9272Q Switchview expanded image

Get Ultra-High-Density 40-Gb Switching

The Nexus 9272Q Switch is optimized for Cisco NX-OS standalone deployments. It provides high-performance, ultra-high-density, 72-port, 40-Gb fixed switching in a 2-rack-unit form factor. With 5.76 Tbps of bandwidth, it delivers line-rate Layer 2 and 3 features for the most demanding enterprise, service provider hosting, and cloud computing environments.

Features and Capabilities

The 9272Q Switch delivers comprehensive features, density, and performance for top-of-rack and aggregation deployments.

Nexus 9272Q features include:


  • Open APIs to manage the switch through remote-procedure calls (JavaScript Object Notation [JSON] or XML) over HTTP or HTTPS
  • Automated configuration through Linux shell scripts
  • Support for customer applications through a Linux container environment
  • Support for Puppet, Chef, and Ansible


  • Wire-rate Layer 2 and 3 switching on all ports with up to 140 1/10-Gb ports for host connectivity
  • Line-rate virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) bridging and routing
  • Border Gateway Protocol Ethernet VPN (BGP EVPN) control plane for scalable multitenancy and host mobility
  • Segment routing for increased network scalability and virtualization

Operational Efficiency and Traffic Monitoring

  • Nexus Fabric Manager support to automate fabric configuration and management
  • Advanced reboot capabilities include hot and cold patching capabilities
  • Power-on autoprovisioning (POAP) and Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) provide touchless switch bootup and configuration to drastically reduce provisioning time
  • Real-time buffer utilization per port and per queue to monitor traffic bursts and application traffic patterns
  • Cisco Nexus Data Broker support for network traffic monitoring and analysis

Investment Protection

  • A Cisco 40-Gb bidirectional transceiver allows for reuse of an existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet multimode cabling plant for 40 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Support for 1-, 10-, and 40-Gbps connectivity for migrating a switching infrastructure to faster speeds

Specifications at a Glance

  • 5.76 Tbps of bandwidth in a 2RU form factor
  • 72 fixed 40-Gbps Small Form Factor Pluggable Plus (SFP+) ports
  • Up to 144 times 10-Gb ports with a breakout cable
  • Option of port-side intake and port-side exhaust
  • 1+1 redundant, hot-swappable, 80 Plus Platinum-certified power supplies
  • Built-in EtherAnalyzer for monitoring and troubleshooting control-plane traffic

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