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- Predictable high performance
The switch delivers up to 60 Tbps of nonblocking performance with latency of less than 5 microseconds, enabling data center customers to build a robust network fabric that can scale from as few as 200 10 Gigabit Ethernet server ports to more than 200,000 10 Gigabit Ethernet server ports.
- High-density 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet configuration
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform helps organizations transition from existing 1 Gigabit Ethernet Cisco Catalyst 6500 series Switches server access designs to 10 Gigabit Ethernet server access designs with the same port density.
- High-density 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet configuration
The Cisco Nexus 9000 series helps organizations transition from 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructures to 10 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructures to support the increased bandwidth demands of scale-out, multinode application environments.
- Advanced optics
Cisco offers a pluggable 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ bidirectional transceiver that enables customers to use existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center cabling to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. This allows the adoption of 40 Gigabit Ethernet with no cable infrastructure upgrade costs.
- Highly available, scalable, and robust solution
All major components are redundant, including supervisors, system controllers, power supplies, and fan trays. The switch line cards use a mix of merchant and Cisco application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to produce a low-complexity, low-cost design. All buffer memory is integrated into the forwarding ASICs, avoiding the need for a large number of external memory modules. All transceivers are pluggable to support the highest possible mean time between failure (MTBF) for the switch.
- Chassis designed for 2 to 3 future generations of line cards
The flexible and efficient chassis design has 100% headroom for future expansion with the capability to support more bandwidth and cooling and twice the number of power supplies needed to support today's maximum configuration.
- Power efficiency
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform is the first switch chassis designed without a midplane. Line cards and fabric modules connect directly. This design approach provides optimal front-to-back airflow and helps the switch operate using less power. In addition, all Cisco Nexus 9000 series power supplies are 80 Plus Platinum rated. The typical power consumption per 10 Gigabit Ethernet port is less than 3.5 watts (W). The typical power consumption of each 40 Gigabit Ethernet port is less than 14 W.
Changing application environments are placing new demands on your IT infrastructure. With application workloads deployed across a mix of virtualized and nonvirtualized server and storage infrastructures, your network must provide constant connectivity, security, and visibility across bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud computing environments.
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform consists of Layer 2 and 3 nonblocking Ethernet switches with backplane bandwidth of up to 60 terabits per second (Tbps), the Cisco Nexus 9508 Switches support 1, 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces through a comprehensive selection of modular line cards. Configurable with up to 2304 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 576 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 128 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports, they provide ample capacity for both access- and aggregation-layer deployments.