Nexus 9200 Switches-The Latest Addition to the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series

Cisco added new members to the Cisco Nexus 9000 family: The Cisco Nexus 9200 series and next-gen Nexus 9300EX switches.

Those two data center switches are the industry’s first native 25Gbps-capable switches, delivering 25/50/100Gbps speeds at the cost of 10/40Gbps.

“The Cisco Nexus 9200 is a next-generation Top of Rack switch that pushes the boundaries and exceeds performance of existing solutions,” said Trey Layton, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, VCE, the Converged Platforms Division of EMC. “These switches meet the needs for the dense, hyperconverged compute and IO intensive applications that VCE VxRack Systems address. For example, it’s not uncommon for customers with hundreds or thousands of VxRack nodes to drive millions of IOPS, as well as hundreds of gigabits per second of system bandwidth. The Cisco Nexus 9200 solves this problem.”

The Cisco Nexus 9200 platform consists of industry leading ultra-density fixed-configuration data center switches with line-rate Layer 2 and 3 features that support enterprise applications, service provider hosting, and cloud computing environments. These switches support a wide range of port speeds with flexible combinations of 1/10/25/40/50/100-Gbps connectivity in compact form factors.

Using the widely deployed industry-leading Cisco NX-OS Software operating system, the Nexus 9200 switch is designed for the programmable fabric, which offers flexibility, mobility and scale for service providers and IaaS/cloud providers; and for the programmable network which automates configuration and management for customers who want to take advantage of the DevOps type of operation model and toolsets.

The Cisco Nexus 9200 Platform Switch Models

Model Description
Cisco Nexus 92160YC-X Switch 48 x 10/25-Gbps SFP+ ports and 6 x QSFP+ ports (4 of the 6 QSFP+ ports are 100Gbps capable ports)*
Cisco Nexus 9272Q Switch 72 x 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports
Cisco Nexus 92304QC Switch 56 x 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports and 8 x 100- Gbps ports
Cisco Nexus 9236C Switch 36 x 100-Gbps QSFP28 ports

The Cisco Nexus 92160YC-X Switch is a 1-rack-unit (1RU) switch that supports 3.2 terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth and over 2.5 billion packets per second (bpps). The 48-port downlink ports on the 92160YC-X can be configured to work as either 1/10/25- Gbps ports, offering deployment flexibility and investment protection. The uplink can support up to four 100-Gbps OR up to six 40-Gbps ports, or a combination of 10-, 25-, 40- and 100-Gbps connectivity, offering flexible migration options.

The Cisco Nexus 92160YC-X Switch empowers customers by giving them a better understanding of their network flow and telemetry.

Check the latest software release notes here for supported features. This new capability allows administrators to improve network operations, and provides a rich source of data to improve utilization of the network infrastructure, helping increase return on investment (ROI).

Cisco Nexus 92160YC-X Switch

Cisco Nexus 92160YC-X Switch

The Cisco Nexus 9272Q Switch is an ultra-high-density 2RU switch that supports 5.76 Tbps of bandwidth and over 4.5 bpps across 72 fixed 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports. Up to 35 ports on the 9272Q can be converted into a total of 140 x 10-Gbps ports.

Cisco Nexus 9272Q Switch

Cisco Nexus 9272Q Switch

The Cisco Nexus 92304QC Switch is an ultra-high-density 2RU switch that supports 6.1 Tbps of bandwidth and over 4.8 bpps across 56 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports and 8 100-Gbps QSFP28 ports. Up to 16 ports on the 92304QC can be converted into a total of 64 x 10-Gbps ports.

Cisco Nexus 92304QC Switch

Cisco Nexus 92304QC Switch

The Cisco Nexus 9236C Switch is a 1RU switch that supports 7.2 Tbps of bandwidth and over 5.7 bpps across 36 100-Gbps QSFP28 ports. Each of the port on the 9236C individually configured into 1x100Gbps, 4 x 10 Gbps, 4 x 25 Gbps, 1 x 40 Gbps, or 2 x 50 Gbps. It provides industry’s best density and flexibility needed for data center spine or aggregation connectivity, in a compact form factor.

Cisco Nexus 9236C Switch

Cisco Nexus 9236C Switch

The Cisco Nexus 9200 platform offers industry-leading density and performance with flexible port configurations that can support existing fiber cabling.

Cisco Nexus 9200 Platform Switches Characteristics

Model Cisco Nexus 92160YC-X Cisco Nexus 9272Q Cisco Nexus 92304QC Cisco Nexus 9236C
Ports 48 10/25-Gbps SFP+ and 6 QSFP+ ports (4 are 100-Gbps capable) 72 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports 56 40-Gbps QSFP+ and 8 100-Gbps ports 36 100-Gbps QSFP28 ports
Supported speeds 1, 10 and 25 Gbps on SFP+ ports 1*, 10, and 40 Gbps 1*, 10, 40 and 100 Gbps 1*, 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100 Gbps
10, 25, 40, and 100 Gbps on QSFP+ ports
Port configuration 48 x 10/25-Gbps ports for downlinks; 4 of the 6 uplink ports are 100-Gbps capable. Port 50 and 52 can be individually configured into 1x100Gbps, 4 x 10 Gbps, 4 x 25 Gbps, 1 x 40 Gbps, or 2 x 50 Gbps* 72 fixed QSFP+ ports, with break out of up to 140 x 10-Gbps ports 56 fixed QSFP+ ports, with break out of up to 64 x 10-Gbps ports.

8 100-Gbps ports.

36 fixed QSFP28 ports, with each being individually configured into 1x100Gbps, 4 x 10 Gbps, 4 x 25 Gbps, 1 x 40 Gbps, or 2 x 50 Gbps
Rich telemetry support Yes
CPU 2 core 4 core 4 core 4 core
System memory 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB 16 GB
Solid-state disk (SSD) drive 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Shared System buffer 20 MB 30 MB 30 MB 30 MB
Management ports 2 ports: 1 RJ-45 and 1 SFP+ 2 ports: 1 RJ-45 and 1 SFP+ 3 RJ-45 ports 3 RJ-45 ports
USB ports 1 1 1 1
RS-232 serial ports 1 1 1 1
Power supplies (up to 2) 650W AC, 930W DC, or 1200W AC/HVDC 930W DC, 1200W AC, or 1200W HVAC/DC 650W AC, 930W DC, or 1200W HVAC/HVDC 930W DC, 650W AC, or 1200W HVAC/DC
Typical power** (AC) 10G Mode: 150W 310W 305W 375W
25G Mode: 170W
Maximum power** (AC) 430W 1050W 720W 640W
Input voltage (AC) 100 to 240V 100 to 240V 100 to 240V 100 to 240V
Input voltage (HVAC) 200 to 277V 200 to 277V 200 to 277V 200 to 277V
Input voltage (DC) -48 to -60V -48 to -60V -48 to -60V -48 to -60V
Input voltage (HVDC) -240 to -380V -240 to -380V -240 to -380V -240 to -380V
Frequency (AC) 50 to 60 Hz 50 to 60 Hz 50 to 60 Hz 50 to 60 Hz
Fans 4 2 2 4
Airflow Port-side intake and exhaust Port-side intake and exhaust Port-side intake and exhaust Port-side intake and exhaust
Physical (H x W x D) 1.72 x 17.3 x 22.5 in. (4.4 x 43.9 x 57.1 cm) 3.5 x 17.4x 24.5 in. (8.9 x 44.2 x 62.3 cm) 3.5 x 17.5 x 22.5 in. (8.9 x 44.5 x 57.1 cm 1.72 x 17.3 x 22.5 in. (4.4 x 43.9 x 57.1 cm)
RoHS compliance Yes Yes Yes Yes

* Please check the latest software release note for break out and port speed support.

**Typical and maximum power values are based on input drawn from the power circuit. The power supply value (for example, 650W AC power supply: NXA-PAC-650W-PI) is based on the output rating to the inside of the switch.

The software packaging for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series offers flexibility and a comprehensive feature set while being consistent with Cisco Nexus access switches. The default system software has a comprehensive Layer 2 security and management feature set. To enable additional functions including Layer 3 IP unicast and IP multicast routing and Cisco Nexus Data Broker, you must install additional licenses. Table 3 lists the software packaging and licensing available to enable advanced features.

Software Packaging and Licensing

Packaging Chassis Based Part Number Supported Features
Cisco Nexus 9200/Nexus9300 Layer 3 license Chassis N93-LAN1K9 Layer 3 including full OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, and VXLAN
Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) license Chassis DCNM-LAN-N93-K9 DCNM license for Cisco Nexus 9000 platform
Cisco Nexus Data Broker license Chassis L-NDB-FX-SWT-K9 Data Broker license for Cisco Nexus 9000 platform

For a complete list of supported features, refer to Cisco Feature Navigator.

The new Nexus 9000 switches deliver:

  • Industry leading performance for 100Gbps, with 25 percent more non-blocking performance, at 50 percent the cost of comparable solutions, plus greater reliability and lower power
  • Real time network telemetry at 100Gbps wire rate, enabling network security with pervasive NetFlow and fabric wide troubleshooting
  • The ability to scale up to 10 times in IP addresses and end points at cloud scale, and support over a million containers per rack.
  • Unique cloud services with adaptive capacity and congestion control, allowing customers to support lossless traffic for IP storage, hyperconverged and converged infrastructure on a single unified fabric that enables application completion times 50 percent faster than traditional competitive platforms. 
  • Future-proofing with cloud economics for the transition to hyperconverged infrastructure and applications based on microservices and containers

More detailed information about the Cisco Nexus 9200 Platform Switches, such as the Performance and Scalability Specifications*, Ordering Information, more Features and Benefits you can refer to http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/nexus-9000-series-switches/datasheet-c78-735989.html

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