Nexus 3000 Model Comparison & Licensing Options

The Nexus 3000 switches are part of the Cisco Unified Fabric architecture; they offer high performance and high density at ultra low latency.

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

The Cisco Nexus 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.

This product family consists of multiple switch models: the Nexus 3000 Series, Nexus 3100 Series, 3100V Series, 3200 Series and Nexus 3500 switches.

Series Models
Features
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
3100 Series

 

  • Highly programmable switches
  • Suited for 1/10/40-Gbps densities at line rate
  • 1/10/40-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
3200 Series

 

  • High density and 42-MB buffer
  • MACsec capable and telemetry for top notch security
  • Highly programmable with comprehensive features
  • 10/25/40/50/100-Gbps connectivity
3500 Series

 

  • Lowest latency in the industry
  • Comprehensive features, including AlgoBoost
  • Suited for HFT and HPC deployments
  • 1/10/40-Gbps connectivity
 Nexus 3000 Model
  Cisco Nexus 3048
VXLAN Capability No
Openflow Support Yes
Rack unit (RU) 1
Switching capacity 176 Gbps
Interface Type 48 RJ-45 and 4 SFP+
Maximum 1 GE ports Up to 48
Maximum 10 GE ports 4
Maximum 40 GE ports 0
Switch latency 2.7 to 7.2 microseconds
Line-rate traffic throughput (both Layer 2 and 3) on all ports Yes
Redundant and hot-swappable power supply and fans Yes
Air flow Front-back and back-front
Compare Nexus 3100 Models
  Cisco Nexus 3132Q/3132Q-X Cisco Nexus 3164Q Cisco Nexus 3172PQ Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Cisco Nexus 31128PQ
First version of support 7.0(3)I3(1) and later   In 7.0 train, 7.0(3)I2(1) onwards
In 6.0 train, 6.0(2)U2(4) onwards
In 7.0 train, 7.0(3)I2(1) onwards
In 6.0 train, 6.0(2)U3(1) onwards
7.0(3)I2(1) and later
Virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) capable Bridging Bridging Bridging Bridging Bridging
Openflow support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rack unit (RU) 1 2 1 1 2
Switching capacity 2.56 Tbps 5.12 Tbps 1.44 Tbps 1.44 Tbps 2.56 Tbps
Interface-type 32 QSFP+ 64 QSFP+ 48 SFP+ and 6 QSFP+ 48 RJ-45 and 6 Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus (QSFP+) 96 Small Form Factor Pluggable+ and 8 Quad SFP+ transceivers
Maximum 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports 29 None 48 48 96
Maximum 10 GE ports 104 256 72 72 96
Maximum 40 GE ports 32 64 6 6
Compare 3100V Models
  Cisco Nexus 31108PC-V Cisco Nexus 31108TC-V Cisco Nexus 3132Q-V
First version of support Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)I4(1) and later Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)I4(1) and later Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)I4(1) and later
Virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) capable Bridging and Routing Bridging and Routing Bridging and Routing
Shared Buffer Space 16 MB 16 MB 16 MB
Openflow support Yes Yes Yes
Rack unit (RU) 1 1 1
Switching capacity 2.16 Tbps 2.16 Tbps 2.56 Tbps
Interface-type 48 SFP
6 QSFP/QSFP28
48 RJ-45
6 QSFP/QSFP28
32 QSFP
Maximum 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports 48 48 29
Maximum 10 GE ports 72 72 104
Maximum 40 GE ports 6 6 32
Maximum 100 GE ports 6 6 0
Compare Nexus 3200 Models
  Cisco Nexus 3232C Cisco Nexus 3264Q Cisco Nexus 3264C-E
First version of support Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)IX1(2) and 7.0(3)I3(1) and later Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)IX1(2) and 7.0(3)I3(1) and later Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)IM7(2)
VXLAN Capability Bridging Bridging Bridging
Openflow Support Yes Yes Yes
Rack unit (RU) 1 2 2
Switching capacity 6.4-Tbps 5.12 Tbps 12.8 Tbps
Interface Type 32 QSFP28 64 QSFP+ 64 QSFP28
Maximum 10 GE ports 128 128 128
Maximum 25 GE ports 128 n/a 128
Maximum 40 GE ports 32 64 64
Maximum 50 GE ports 64 n/a 128
Maximum 100 GE ports 32 n/a 64
Switch latency 450ns 515-700ns 450ns
Line-rate traffic throughput (both Layer 2 and 3) on all ports Yes* Yes* Yes*
Redundant and hot-swappable power supply and fans Yes Yes Yes
Air flow Port-side intake or port-side exhaust Port-side intake or port-side exhaust Port-side intake or port-side exhaust

*Packets greater than 250 Bytes

Compare Nexus 3500 Models
  Cisco Nexus 3524-X/XL Cisco Nexus 3548-X/XL
First version of support In 6.0 train, 6.0(2)A6(1) and later releases.
In 7.0 train, 7.0(3)I7(2) and later releases
7.0(3)I7(3)
Algo Boost-capable (NAT, Active Buffer Monitoring) Yes Yes
VXLAN Capable No No
Multicast NAT Yes Yes
Latency Monitoring Yes Yes
System Memory 4 GB for X
16 GB for XL
4 GB for X
16 GB for XL
Openflow support Yes Yes
Rack unit (RU) 1 1
Switching capacity 480 Gbps 960 Gbps
Interface-type 24 SFP+ 48 SFP+
Maximum 1 GE ports 24 enabled (48 max) 48
Maximum 10 GE ports 24 10G SFP+ ports. Additional 24 ports via license 48
Maximum 40 GE ports 6 12
Switch latency Sub-250ns Sub-250ns
Line-rate traffic throughput (both Layer 2 and 3) on all ports Yes Yes
Redundant and hot-swappable power supply and fans Yes Yes
Air flow Front-back and back-front Front-back and back-front

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Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series & 3500 Series Switches

The following table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 3500 Series switches.

Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 3500 Series Switches
Feature License Product ID Features
24 Port License Package

24P_LIC_PKG

N3548-24P-LIC 24-port license for the Cisco Nexus 3548 Series switch.
24 Port Upgrade License Package

24P_UPG_PKG

N3548-24P-UPG 24-port upgrade license for the Cisco Nexus 3548 Series switch.
Layer 3 Base Services Package

LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG

N3548-BAS1K9 Layer 3 Base Services Package

  • EIGRP stub
  • OSPFv2 (limited routes)
  • PIMv2 (sparse mode)
Cisco Nexus 3500 Algo Boost License

ALGO_BOOST_SERVICES_PKG

N3548-ALGK9 Cisco Nexus 3500 Algo Boost License

  • Warp Mode
  • Warp SPAN
  • Static NAT
Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

LAN1K9_ENT_SERVICES_PKG

N3524-LAN1K9 Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

  • BGP and VRF-Lite (IP-VPN)
Note   
  • Applies only to the Cisco Nexus 3500 Series switches with 24P_LIC_PKG installed.
  • Requires Base Services Package.
Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG

N3548-LAN1K9 Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

  • BGP and VRF-Lite (IP-VPN)
Note   
  • Applies only to the Cisco Nexus 3500 Series switches without 24P_LIC_PKG installed.
  • Requires Base Services Package.

The following table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series.

Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series
Feature License Product ID Features
16 Port License Upgrade Package

16P_UPG_PKG

N3K-16T-UPG 16-port upgrade license for Cisco Nexus 3172TQ switches. This is the upgrade license to enable 16 ports, and it can only be applied to N3K-C3172TQ-32T.
32 Port License Package

32P_LIC_PKG

N3K-32X-LIC Default 32-port license for the Cisco Nexus 3172TQ switches.
16 Port License Upgrade Package

16P_UPG_PKG

N3064T-16T-UPG 16-port upgrade license for Cisco Nexus 3164T switch.
32 Port License Package

32P_LIC_PKG

N3064T-32T-LIC 32-port license for Cisco Nexus 3164T switch.
Layer 3 Base Services Package

LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG

N3K-BAS1K9
  • EIGRP stub
  • OSPFv2 (limited routes)
  • PIMv2 (sparse mode)
Note    The Cisco Nexus 3164Q, 31128PQ, 3232C, and 3264Q switches and the Cisco Nexus 3100 Series switches in N9K mode run Cisco Nexus 9000 Series software and follow the Cisco Nexus 9000 license model. Therefore, these switches require the Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package (rather than the Layer 3 Base Services Package) to support routing protocols.
Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package

LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG

N3K-LAN1K9
  • BGP
  • Policy-Based Routing (not supported on the Cisco Nexus 3232C and 3264Q switches)
  • Generic routing encapsulation (GRE) tunnels
Note    The Layer 3 Base Services Package license is a prerequisite for the Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package license on Cisco Nexus 3000 and 3100 Series switches, except the Cisco Nexus 3164Q, 31128PQ, 3232C, and 3264Q switches and the Cisco Nexus 3100-V Series switches.
End-of-Sale Models

Cisco Nexus 3548 Switch

Cisco Nexus 3524 Switch

Cisco Nexus 3132Q Switch

Cisco Nexus 3064 Switch

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