Cisco Nexus 9396TX Switch

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Get High Performance in a Compact Form Factor

The Cisco Nexus 9396TX is a dense, line-rate 10GBase-T switch. It delivers comprehensive line-rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 overlays and the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) feature set. It is ideal for top-of-rack deployments in both traditional and ACI-enabled enterprise, service provider, and cloud environments.

Accelerating 40 GE Adoption

The Cisco Bidirectional (BiDi) Transceiver offers a cost-effective 40-Gbps solution.

Features and Capabilities

The Cisco Nexus 9396TX Switch has 48 10GBase-T ports that can operate at 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 10 Gbps speeds and 12 Quad Small Form Pluggable Plus (QSFP+) uplinks. All the ports are line rate, delivering 1.92 Tbps of throughput in a 2-rack-unit (2RU) form factor. The switch can be deployed as an access switch in traditional three-tier designs or as a leaf node in spine-leaf architectures.

Benefits include:

ACI Support

  • Integrated multi-hypervisor and bare-metal interoperation with VLAN and VxLAN routing and bridging support in ACI mode
  • Single view of the entire fabric on APIC dashboard
  • Full normalization of any encapsulation inside the fabric
  • Consistent policy-based approach to deploying applications on top of the ACI fabric
  • Fabric supports seamless integration of layer 4 (physical and virual) services in the end-to-end ACI policy framework
  • Cohesive alignment of policies as workload moves around inside the fabric


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

High Availability

  • Hot-swappable, redundant power supplies and fan trays
  • Full patching support

Energy Efficiency

  • Power supplies that are rated at 80 Plus Platinum
  • Support for front-to-back or back-to-front airflow configuration

Investment Protection

  • 40 Gb bidirectional transceiver for reuse of existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet multimode cabling plant for 40 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Support for Cisco NX-OS and ACI modes of operation

Specifications at a Glance

  • 48 non-blocking 10GBase-T RJ-45 ports that can operate in 100 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 10 Gbps speeds
  • 12 40 GE Quad SFP+ (QSFP+) nonblocking ports in uplink module
  • 50 MB of shared buffer
  • Line-rate VXLAN bridging, routing, and gateway support
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) capability
  • Front-to-back or back-to-front airflow

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