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Accelerate Application Development

Cisco Nexus 9000 switches and new optics support cost-effective 40 GE.

Accelerate Application Development
    • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series

      • Provides the switching foundation for Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
      • Supports up to 1.92 terabits switching capacity per slot
      • Delivers high-density 1,10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet today, and is 100 GE ready
      • Operates in standard Cisco NX-OS as well as in ACI mode
      • Offers full virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) bridging, routing, and gateway support
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

      • Offers highest switching capacity; up to 1.3 terabits per slot, 83+ terabits per chassis
      • Provides high 1,10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet scalability
      • Offers the industry's most comprehensive data center feature set
      • Delivers advanced services; high availability; hitless In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
      • Is ideal for data center access, aggregation, and core deployments
    • Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches

      • Deploy up to 96 40 GE ports or 384 10 GE ports in a small four rack-unit (RU) form factor
      • Delivers comprehensive integrated Layer 2 and 3 functionality at line rate and low latency
      • Improves efficiency with Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) architecture support and a comprehensive analytics tool kit
      • Supports 40 GE FCoE for LAN and SAN convergence
      • Is ideal for access and space constrained aggregation deployments
    • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

      • Increases agility with faster, more pervasive data center virtualization
      • Broad connectivity support including GE, 10 GE, 10GBase-T, 40 GE, FC and FCoE
      • Supports comprehensive Layer 2 and 3 features for LAN and SAN traffic
      • Enhances business resilience through greater operational continuity
    • Cisco Nexus 4000 Series Switches

      • Reduces number of switches, network interface cards, and power requirements
      • Purpose-built with Unified Switch ASIC [Line-rate, extremely low-latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch
    • Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches

      • Delivers flexibility and performance for top-of-rack deployments
      • Offers Cisco Algo Boost capabilities with superior low latency, visibility, and control
      • Simplifies management with Python scripting, Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEM), and XML management tools
      • Increases business agility with a comprehensive software-defined networking (SDN) solution, including OpenFlow and Cisco OnePK
    • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders

      • Fabric extensibility with single point of management
      • Provides 100 MB, 1 GE, to 10 GE server connectivity with 10 GE and 40 GE uplinks
      • Reduces data center cabling costs and footprint, optimizes inter-rack cabling
      • Extends to partner blade servers such as HP and Fujitsu
    • Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch

      Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch

      • Integrates directly with server hypervisors
      • Delivers virtual machine-aware network services such as VM mobility in cloud environments
      • Accelerates server virtualization deployments and simplifies management
      • Reduces total cost of ownership; provides consistency and network visibility
    • Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches

      • Provides investment protection for traditional data centers
      • Delivers enhanced operational management, high availability
      • Simplifies infrastructure and adopts pervasive network security

Cisco Nexus Services

Quickly and efficiently integrate new data center solutions and technologies. Whether your business goal is data center consolidation or build-out, business continuity, or improved regulatory compliance, Cisco Nexus Services help accelerate your transition to a highly scalable Nexus platform.

Building a Centralized Data Center

King County simplifies network management and increases government agility with help from Cisco Services. (PDF - 96 KB)

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The Cisco Nexus family of products provides a wide range of business benefits.


  • Improve efficiency, simplify mobility for physical and virtual machines and services, and provide end-to-end visibility for any topology.
  • Significantly speed up workload delivery for both physical and virtual rollouts with network automation and provisioning, and better integration with orchestration, automation tools, and cloud platforms.
  • Make troubleshooting easier with centralized fabric management across physical and virtual workloads.


Cisco Nexus solutions simplify the data center network by converging LANs and SANs, and by using Data Center Bridging (DCB), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocols, and Unified Ports.

  • Lower total cost of ownership by up to 50 percent
  • Reduce capital expenses through fewer host adapters, switches, and cables
  • Cut operational expenses through reduced power, cooling, rack space, and floor space requirements
  • Adopt solutions incrementally, without a complete upgrade
  • Reduce disruptions to existing management and operations


Cisco Nexus solutions help enterprises scale for the more-complex workloads of virtualization, the proliferation of virtual machines, and the challenges of cloud computing.

  • Unify all network locations into one environment
  • Support efficient access and use of resources, regardless of size or scope
  • Provide resilient, scalable networks with predictable performance and reduced complexity
  • Simplify management with fabric extensibility


Cisco Nexus delivers intelligent services directly into the network fabric. It transparently extends the network to encompass all network locations into a single, extended environment with consistent services and policy.

  • Make services available consistently across applications and workloads
  • Scale service delivery capability automatically
  • Deploy applications faster, with policy-based compliance instead of physical infrastructure changes

At A Glance

Building Next-Generation Data Centers

Resource virtualization is central to the Cisco Data Center Business Advantage architectural framework. It helps you reduce costs in three ways:

  • Increases asset utilization
  • Improves business resilience
  • Enhances responsiveness to business needs

These next-generation virtualized data centers need a network infrastructure that delivers the full potential of technologies such as server virtualization and unified fabric.

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