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Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches

Get top-of-rack, Layer 2 and 3 switching

Simplify management. Increase network visibility. Improve monitoring. The 3000 Series offers low-latency, highly programmable, high-density switches. These compact fixed switches are excellent for general-purpose deployments, high-performance computing (HPC), high-frequency trading (HFT), massively scalable data center (MSDC), and cloud networks.

Features and benefits

Simplified operations

Cisco Embedded Event Manager, Python scripts, touchless boot and configuration, Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager, XML management tools, and advanced reboot features are included. Use Cisco Nexus Data Broker for visibility and monitoring.

Open programmability

DevOps automation tools (Puppet, Chef, Ansible, etc.) are built in. NX-API offers a common programming approach across switches. Python scripts, Bash shell, and Linux containers support customer applications. OpenStack and OpenFlow support SDN.

Scalability and high performance

Get multitenant scalability with VXLAN support. Cisco bidirectional support simplifies migration to 40 Gigabit Ethernet. AlgoBoost and Warp mode on Cisco Nexus 3500 Series Switches provide the lowest latency in the industry.

High availability and efficiency

Modular Cisco NX-OS Software supports fault isolation. Switches use redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fan modules. Shared buffer space handles microbursts, regular data traffic flow, and jitter for increased network efficiency.

Compare 3000 Series models

The series is designed for top-of-rack deployments. It offers 24 to 128 ports, high performance, and comprehensive features.

3600 Series

  • Large 8-GB buffers and large tables
  • Native 25 GE support for access connectivity
  • Highly programmable with NX-API
  • 1/10/25/40/100-Gbps connectivity

3500 Series

  • Lowest latency in the industry
  • Comprehensive features, including AlgoBoost
  • Suited for HFT and HPC deployments
  • 1/10/40-Gbps connectivity

3200 Series

  • Low latency and 16-MB buffer space
  • Highly programmable with comprehensive features
  • 10/25/40/50/100-Gbps connectivity

3100V Series

  • VXLAN routing and enhanced 16-MB buffer space
  • High performance and scalability
  • Suited for large apps, SP hosting, HPC, and cloud

3100 Series

  • Highly programmable switches
  • Suited for 1/10/40-Gbps densities at line rate
  • 1/10/40-Gbps connectivity

3000 Series

  • Suited for big data, cloud, and virtualization
  • Wire-speed Layer 2 and 3 switching
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps and 1/10-Gbps connectivity

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