Added the following footnote: GLC-SX-MMD is supported on all Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches except for the Cisco Nexus 3064-T. Please refer to the comparability matrix for all the supported platforms.”
Several new hardware and software features are introduced for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series and Cisco Nexus 3100 Series devices to improve the performance, scalability, and management of the product line. Cisco NX-OS Release 6.x also supports all hardware and software supported in Cisco NX-OS Release 5.1 and Cisco NX-OS Release 5.0.
Cisco NX-OS offers the following benefits:
Cisco NX-OS runs on all Cisco data center switch platforms: Cisco Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, Nexus 4000, Nexus 3000, Nexus 2000, and Nexus 1000V Series switches.
Cisco NX-OS software interoperates with Cisco products that run any variant of Cisco IOS software and also with any networking operating system that conforms to common networking standards.
Cisco NX-OS modular processes are triggered on demand, each in a separate protected memory space. Processes are started and system resources are allocated only when a feature is enabled. The modular processes are governed by a real-time preemptive scheduler that helps ensure timely processing of critical functions.
Cisco NX-OS provides a programmatic XML interface that is based on the NETCONF industry standard. The Cisco NX-OS XML interface provides a consistent API for devices. Cisco NX-OS also provides support for Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Versions 1, 2, and 3 MIBs.
Cisco NX-OS enables administrators to limit access to switch operations by assigning roles to users. Administrators can customize access and restrict it to the users who require it.
Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches
The Cisco Nexus 3000 Series switches are high-performance, high-density, ultra-low-latency Ethernet switches that provide line-rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching. The Cisco Nexus 3000 Series includes the following switches:
The Cisco Nexus 3064 switch is a 1 RU switch that supports 48 1- or 10-Gigabit downlink ports, four Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP+) ports that can be used as a 40 Gigabit Ethernet port or 4 x10-Gigabit Ethernet ports, one 10/100/1000 management port, and one console port.
The Cisco Nexus 3048 switch is a 1 rack unit (RU) switch that supports 48 10/100/1000 Ethernet server-facing (downlink) ports, four 10-Gigabit network-facing (uplink) ports, one 100/1000 management port, and one console port.
The Cisco Nexus 3016 is a 1 RU, 16-port QSFP+ switch. Each QSFP+ port can be used as a 40-Gigabit Ethernet port or 4 x10-Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Each switch includes one or two power supply units and one fan tray module, and each switch can be ordered with either forward (port-side exhaust) airflow or reverse (port-side intake) airflow for cooling. All platforms support both AC and DC power supplies. All combinations of power (AC/DC) and airflow (forward/reverse) are available. The Cisco Nexus 3000 Series switches run the Cisco NX-OS software.
The Cisco Nexus 3100 Series switches are high-performance, high-density, ultra-low-latency Ethernet switches that provide line-rate Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching. In Cisco NX-OS Release 6.0(2)U2(2), the Cisco Nexus 3100 Series includes the Cisco Nexus 3132 switch.
The Cisco Nexus 3132 switch is a 1RU, 40-Gbps QSFP-based switch that supports 32 fixed 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports. It also has 4 SFP+ ports that can be internally multiplexed with the first QSFP port. Each QSFP+ port can operate in the default 40-Gbps mode or 4 x 10-Gbps mode, up to a maximum of 104 10-Gbps ports.
Each switch includes dual redundant power supply units, four redundant fans, one 10/100/1000 management port, and one console port. Each switch can be ordered with either forward (port-side exhaust) airflow or reverse (port-side intake) airflow for cooling. It supports both AC and DC power supplies. All combinations of power (AC/DC) and airflow (forward/reverse) are available. The Cisco Nexus 3100 Series switches run the Cisco NX-OS software.
2.OIR is supported for all optical modules and transceivers in Cisco NX-OS Release 6.02 and later releases.
3.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3016, Cisco Nexus 3064-X, Cisco Nexus 3064-TQ, Cisco Nexus 3064, and Cisco Nexus 3064-E switches.
4.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3064-E and Cisco Nexus 3064-X switches.
5.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3048, Cisco Nexus 3064-X, Cisco Nexus 3064, and Cisco Nexus 3064-E switches.
6.GLC-SX-MMD is supported on all Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches except for the Cisco Nexus 3064-T. Please refer to the comparability matrix for all the supported platforms.
7.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3048, Cisco Nexus 3064-E, and Cisco Nexus 3064-X switches.
8.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3064, Cisco Nexus 3064-E, and Cisco Nexus 3064-X switches. For the GLC-GE-100FX, only part number 10-2019-02 is supported.
Note The Cisco Nexus 3000 supports 1,000 and 10,000 speeds while using SFP+ with Cisco QSA [CVR-QSFP-SFP10G] (and a maximum of 6 QSAs). The 100 speed is not supported on the SFP+ along with QSA, but using any speed 100 is supported on the SFP+.
Table 5 Transceivers Supported by Cisco NX-OS Release 5.x Software
9.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3016, Cisco Nexus 3064-X, Cisco Nexus 3064-TQ, Cisco Nexus 3064, and Cisco Nexus 3064-E switches.
10.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3064-E and Cisco Nexus 3064-X switches.
11.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3048, Cisco Nexus 3064-X, Cisco Nexus 3064, and Cisco Nexus 3064-E switches.
12.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3048, Cisco Nexus 3064-E, and Cisco Nexus 3064-X switches.
13.Supported on the Cisco Nexus 3064, Cisco Nexus 3064-E, and Cisco Nexus 3064-X switches. For the GLC-GE-100FX, only part number 10-2019-02 is supported.
Twinax Cable Support on Cisco Nexus 3000 Switches
Starting with Cisco Release NX-OS 5.0(3)U1(1), the following algorithm is used to detect copper SFP+ twinax, QSFP+ twinax, and QSFP+ splitter cables on Cisco Nexus 3000 Series switches.
If the attached interconnect (transceiver) is a copper SFP+ twinax or QSFP+ twinax cable:
Verify the transceiver SPROM to match the Cisco magic code.
If the check succeeds, bring up the interface. Otherwise, print the following warning message appears stating that a non-Cisco transceiver is attached and that you should try to bring up the port.
2009 Oct 9 01:46:42 switch %ETHPORT-3-IF_NON-CISCO_TRANSCEIVER: Non-Cisco transceiver on interface Ethernet1/18 is detected.
If the attached transceiver is a QSFP+ splitter cable, then no special check is performed. The Cisco NX-OS software tries to bring up the port.
The following disclaimer applies to non-Cisco manufactured and non-Cisco certified QSFP copper splitter cables:
If a customer has a valid support contract for Cisco Nexus switches, Cisco TAC will support twinax cables that are a part of the compatibility matrix for the respective switches. However, if the twinax cables are not purchased through Cisco, a customer cannot return these cables through an RMA to Cisco for replacement.
If a twinax cable that is not part of the compatibility matrix is connected into a system, Cisco TAC will still debug the problem, provided the customer has a valid support contract on the switches. However TAC may ask the customer to replace the cables with Cisco qualified cables if there is a situation that points to the cables possibly being faulty or direct the customer to the cable provider for support. Cisco TAC cannot issue an RMA against uncertified cables for replacement.
The Cisco QSFP 40-Gbps Bidirectional (BiDi) transceiver is a short-reach pluggable optical transceiver with a duplex LC connector for 40-GbE short-reach data communications and interconnect applications by using multimode fiber (MMF). The Cisco QSFP 40-Gbps BiDi transceiver offers a solution that uses existing duplex MMF infrastructure for 40-GbE connectivity. With the Cisco QSFP 40-Gbps BiDi transceiver, customers can upgrade their network from 10-GbE to 40-GbE without incurring any fiber infrastructure upgrade cost. The Cisco QSFP 40-Gbps BiDi transceiver can enable 40-GbE connectivity in a range of up to 100 meters over OM3 fiber, which meets most data center reach requirements. It complies with the Multiple Source Agreement (MSA) QSFP specification and enables customers to use it on all Cisco QSFP 40-Gbps platforms and achieve high density in a 40-GbE network. It can be used in data centers, high-performance computing (HPC) networks, enterprise and distribution layers, and service provider transport applications.
New and Changed Features
This section describes the new features introduced in Cisco NX-OS Release 6.0(2)U2(2). This section includes the following topics:
Cisco NX-OS Release 6.0(2)U2(2) does not support any new hardware.
New Software Features
All Cisco Nexus 3000 Series switches are supported by Cisco NX-OS Release 6.0(2)U2(2). Cisco NX-OS interoperates with any networking operating system, including Cisco IOS software, that conforms to the networking standards listed in the product data sheet.
Cisco NX-OS Release 6.0(2)U2(2) includes the following new software feature:
Cisco Plug-in for OpenFlow Release 1.1.2
Cisco NX-OS Release 6.0(2)U2(2) supports Cisco Plug-in Version 1.1.2 for OpenFlow. Cisco Plug-in for OpenFlow creates TCP/IP connections to controllers based on OpenFlow Switch Specification Version 1.0.1 (Wire Protocol 0x01).
Cisco Plug-in for OpenFlow resides on the switch and the controllers reside on a server, external to the switch. Flow management and any network management are either part of the controller or accomplished through the controller. Cisco Plug-in for OpenFlow maintains databases for configurations on the logical switch, OpenFlow-enabled interfaces, and flows. The interface database contains the list of OpenFlow-enabled interfaces on the logical switch, and the flow database contains the list of flows on the logical switch as well as the interface programmed to forward traffic.
This release includes all the necessary infrastructure to support the Cisco Plug-in for OpenFlow. This infrastructure includes support for the installation of the Cisco Plug-in for OpenFlow as a Virtual Services container, support for matches and actions defined by version 1.0 of the OpenFlow protocol, and support for connectivity to the Cisco Extensible Network Controller (XNC).
Upgrade and Downgrade Guidelines
Ensure that you use the install all command to upgrade the switch software from one Cisco NX-OS release to another.
Upgrade Path to Release 6.0(2)U2(2)
Cisco Nexus 3000 Series switches that use software versions older than Cisco NX-OS Release 5.0(3)U5(1) need to be updated to Cisco NX-OS Release 5.0(3)U5(1) before they are upgraded to Cisco NX-OS Release 6.0(2).
Cisco NX-OS Release 5.0(3)U3(1) does not support a software upgrade from Cisco NX-OS Release 5.0(3)U2(2c). If you want to upgrade through this path, see CSCty75328 for details about how to work around this issue.
Note It is recommended that you upgrade to Cisco NX-OS Release 6.0(2)U2(2) by using Cisco NX-OS install procedures.
In Cisco NX-OS Release 5.0(3)U3(1), support for IPv6 has been added in Control Plane Policing (CoPP). To enable redirection of IPv6 control packets to the CPU, you must configure IPv6 CoPP on the system. Entering the write erase command on a device that runs Release 5.0(3)U3(1) automatically applies CoPP on the device and ensures that all IPv4 and IPv6-related CoPP configuration is set up correctly.
If you upgrade from a Cisco NX-OS release that does not support the CoPP feature to a release that does support the CoPP feature, you must run the setup utility after the upgrade to enable CoPP on the device.
If you upgrade from Cisco NX-OS Release 5.0(3)U2(2), which supports the CoPP feature, to Cisco NX-OS Release 5.0(3)U3(1), which adds CoPP classes for IPv6 support, you must run the setup script to enable the IPv6 CoPP feature on the device.
Link Level Flow Control (LLFC) is not supported on Cisco Nexus 3000 series and Cisco Nexus 3100 series switches.
Open and resolved caveat record numbers are provided with links to the Bug Search page where you can find details about each caveat.
The Cisco Management Information Base (MIB) list includes Cisco proprietary MIBs and many other Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard MIBs. These standard MIBs are defined in Requests for Comments (RFCs). To find specific MIB information, you must examine the Cisco proprietary MIB structure and related IETF-standard MIBs supported by the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series switch. The MIB Support List is available at the following FTP sites:
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