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Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switchview expanded image

Get High Performance 10- and 25-Gb Switching

The 93180YC-EX Switch provides a flexible line-rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 feature set in a compact form factor. Designed with Cisco Cloud Scale technology, it supports highly scalable cloud architectures. With the option to operate in Cisco NX-OS or Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode, it can be deployed across enterprise, service provider, and Web 2.0 data centers.

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Features and Capabilities

The Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switch has 48 1/10/25G-Gbps Small Form Pluggable Plus (SFP+) ports and 6 40/100-Gbps Quad SFP+ (QSFP+) uplink ports. All ports are line rate, delivering 3.6 Tbps of throughput in a 1-rack-unit (1RU) form factor.

Architectural Flexibility

  • Includes top-of-rack, fabric extender aggregation, or middle-of-row fiber-based server access connectivity for traditional and leaf-spine architectures
  • Includes leaf node support for Cisco ACI architecture
  • Increase scale and simplify management through Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender support


  • Enhanced Cisco NX-OS Software is designed for performance, resiliency, scalability, manageability, and programmability
  • ACI-ready infrastructure helps users take advantage of automated policy-based systems management
  • Virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) routing provides network services
  • Rich traffic flow telemetry with line-rate data collection
  • Real-time buffer utilization per port and per queue, for monitoring traffic micro-bursts and application traffic patterns

Real-Time Visibility and Telemetry

  • Cisco Tetration Analytics Platform support with built-in hardware sensors for rich traffic flow telemetry and line-rate data collection
  • Cisco Nexus Data Broker support for network traffic monitoring and analysis
  • Real-time buffer utilization per port and per queue, for monitor traffic micro-bursts and application traffic patterns

Highly Available and Efficient Design

  • High-performance, non-blocking architecture
  • Easily deployed into either a hot-aisle and cold-aisle configuration
  • Redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fan trays

Simplified Operations

  • Preboot execution environment (PXE) and Power-On Auto Provisioning (POAP) support allows for simplified software upgrades and configuration file installation
  • Automate and configure switches with DevOps tools like Puppet, Chef, and Ansible
  • An intelligent API offers switch management through remote procedure calls (RPCs, JSON, or XML) over a HTTP/HTTPS infrastructure
  • Python scripting gives programmatic access to the switch command-line interface (CLI)
  • Includes hot and cold patching, and online diagnostics

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 10-Gb and 25-Gb access connectivity and 40-Gb and 100-Gb uplinks facilitate data centers migrating switching infrastructure to faster speeds
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Specifications at a Glance

The Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switch supports:

  • 3.6Tbps of bandwidth in a 1 RU form factor
  • 48 fixed 1/10/25-Gbps SFP+ ports
  • 6 fixed 40/100-Gbps QSFP+ for uplink connectivity
  • Latency of less than 2 microseconds
  • Front-to-back or back-to-front airflow configurations
  • 1+1 redundant hot-swappable 80 Plus Platinum-certified power supplies
  • Hot swappable 3+1 redundant fan trays

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