Cisco Nexus 9516 Switch

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Get 100G high performance and energy efficiency

Improve performance and efficiency with the Cisco Nexus 9516 Switch. It provides high density 1/10/40/100 GE in a compact 21-rack-unit modular chassis. This versatile modular switch is designed for high-density, end-of-row, and high-performance aggregation-layer deployments in both traditional and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) – enabled data centers.

Best of Interop 2014 winner

Miercom recognizes Cisco as a leader in port density, performance, and power-efficiency.

Accelerating 40 GE adoption

The Cisco BiDi transceiver is currently the industry's most cost-effective 40-Gb solution.

Features and capabilities


The Cisco Nexus 9516 Switch offers a comprehensive feature set, high resiliency, and a broad range of 1/10/40 Gigabit Ethernet line cards. It can meet the most demanding requirements of enterprise, service provider, and cloud data centers.

Cisco ACI support

  • Designed to support the Cisco next-generation data center based on Cisco ACI


  • Open API 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

  • Software patching for continued operations
  • Redundant and hot-swappable supervisors, system controllers, power supplies, and fan trays
  • Mix of third-party and Cisco application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for improved reliability

Energy efficiency

  • Design without a midplane to optimize front-to-back airflow and reduce power consumption
  • Optimized design with fewer ASICs, resulting in lower energy use
  • Efficient power supplies that are rated at 80 Plus Platinum

Investment protection

  • 40 Gb  for reuse of existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet multimode cabling plant for 40 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Support for Cisco NX-OS and Cisco ACI modes of operation
  • Support for Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders

Raising the bar in performance

Cisco Nexus 9516 Switches show impressive power in Miercom's 40 GE tests.

Specifications at a Glance

Nexus 9516  
Form factor 21 RU
Line card slots 16
Supervisor slots 2
Fabric module slots 6
ACI support Yes
Bandwidth per slot (Tbps) 3.84
Bandwidth per system (Tbps) 60
Maximum number of 1/10G BASE-T ports 768
Maximum number of 10 GE ports 2304
Maximum number of 40 GE ports 576
Maximum number of 100GE ports 576
Airflow Front to back
Power supplies (3-kW AC/DC) Up to 10
Fan trays 3

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