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Value of Cloud Scale ASIC

Simplify Your Data Center, and
Sleep Easier Tonight

You know that your applications are the whole reason you have a data center, and they are getting a lot more complicated. It is not a question of whether their rapidly growing needs for bandwidth and network services are going to overwhelm your network—it is a question of when.


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Some of the most important applications for your organization are analytics programs that can glean new insights from your organization’s vast pools of information. The result is a lot of data constantly moving across your network, consuming more bandwidth and network services than ever before.



Your software developers are likely embracing a microservices architecture, because it means they can develop and iterate new applications much faster than traditional monolithic ones. Microservices need to talk to each other across the network, which again, increases the need for bandwidth and network services.



To keep your applications secure, you need to keep them up to date. Your network needs to keep up with frequent updates, which means you need an automated network. One that quickly adds and removes user privileges, improving productivity while keeping your applications secure.

The writing is on the wall:
Your network needs an upgrade.

You need a network that will

Keep your applications performing at their best

Protect your data from hackers

Simplify your life with automation

These requirements are why we built the Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches. With these switches’ relentless innovation in both hardware and software, your applications will perform better and more safely, and deliver simpler operations today and for years to come.

How do we do it?

First, let’s look at the hardware: Cisco is the only networking vendor that still invests in custom silicon.

The reason for this investment is simple: Your applications need features merchant silicon just doesn’t deliver.

We know that application performance and a positive end-user experience are critical to your organization. That’s why we built the Cloud Scale Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) on 16 nanometer (nm) technology, whereas merchant silicon is stuck at 28 nm. The faster technology means traffic (application flow) on the switch will be 50 percent faster. We also dedicated a lot more silicon to implementing policy and security features in hardware, so your traffic won’t slow down as the complexity of your applications multiplies.

We built intelligent buffers into the Cloud Scale ASIC, which means small packets generated by some applications won’t get caught behind other apps’ “elephant packets.” Your applications will perform as designed—eliminating the need to overpay for deep buffers. You can fully utilize every port on your leaf switches to optimum capacity.

Now let’s talk about Security

With the Cloud Scale ASIC, you get line-rate encryption on Nexus 9000 switches with MAC security (MACsec). And with the Nexus 9000, we deliver security features to protect your network against degradation or failure and against data loss or compromise. These events can result from either intentional attacks or unintended, but damaging mistakes by well-meaning network users.

You also need protection against malware that can be installed on a router or switch. The key is to verify that all devices in your network, as well as your data center, are authorized and under your control. You are covered with Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches and Cisco® trustworthy systems.

We understand hardware is only half the story. Now let’s talk about the importance of software.

Cisco has also created amazing software innovations. First and foremost, we want to make sure our software helps you to simplify operations.

  • Anchored by open Cisco NX-OS Software as the foundation, along with our partnerships with leading configuration-management tools (Puppet, Chef, Ansible), we deliver the most complete solution in the industry for DevOps.
  • Until you are completely onboard with DevOps, we offer Cisco Data Center Network Manager. With more than a 10-year track record, it dramatically simplifies automation.
  • We offer the world’s most successful and comprehensive Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solution with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™), which not only covers hardware and software but can run with every hypervisor, on bare-metal servers, and in the world’s leading public clouds.

Investment protection, as your organization’s approach to automation may change over the next several years

Consolidate your Storage and Data Networks for simplified operations.

Simplification is more than just automation. We combined the storage and data networks to remove the complexity of cabling and managing your storage area network. In addition, to simplify your migration to unified fabric, ports on the Cisco Nexus 9000 FX switch can be configured as 16/32 Fibre Channel or Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) ports. You can start taking advantage of unified fabric without re-architecting your storage network.

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We’ve got you covered.

If this solution sounds like just what you’ve been looking for, you may still be asking how you can get it up and running in your data center. With Cisco’s 88,000+ partners, we’re sure you will be able to find exceptional expertise capable of meeting the needs of your organization, no matter its size or location.

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With all of our hardware and software innovations your apps are going to run better and more securely than ever before, while your life becomes simpler through automation.