Buyer Guide: Cisco Nexus 2000 vs Nexus 3000 Switches

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As both of Nexus 2000 and Nexus 3000 are high-end data centers switches, what are their differences? We will compare them in this post, to help select the right one for your data centers.

What is Cisco Nexus 2000 series switch?

Agility, flexibility, and simplicity at scale Simplify your data center operations with Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders. As part of the Cisco Data Center Networking portfolio, they integrate into existing network infrastructures as well as Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI). These fabric extenders offer a flexible solution to add access port connectivity to your data center network.

Read more in the datasheet: Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders Datasheet

This is a Nexus 2000 switch.

nexus 2000

What is Cisco Nexus 3000 series switch?

Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches are designed for data center top-of-rack deployments by providing 24 to 128 ports offering flexible connectivity, high performance, and a comprehensive feature set. Get flexible, Top-of-Rack, Layer 2 and 3 Switching that offers you low-latency, high programmability, and high-density switches in a fixed compact form factor.

Read some models in the datasheet: Cisco Nexus 3408-S Switch Data Sheet, Cisco Nexus 3432D-S Switch Data Sheet

This is a Nexus 3000 switch.

nexus 3000

What are the differences between Nexus 2300 and Nexus 3000?

Nexus 2000 provides Nexus 2200 and 2300. The Nexus 2300 is worth to be compared with Nexus 3000. Table 1 shows the comparison.

Series Nexus 3000 Series Switches Nexus 2300 Series Fabric Extenders
Key Features
Target deployments Fixed data center Modular data center
Port quantity 48-96 x 1G, 128 x 25 G, 24-128 x 10 G, 64 x 50 G, 32 x 100 G 24-48 x 1 G, 32-48 x 10 G
Port types 1/10/25/40/50/100 G 1/10 G
Switching capacity 176 Gbps-6.4 Tbps 80-240 Gbps
Stacking/chassis bandwidth 176 Gbps-6.4 Tbps 80-240 Gbps
IPv4 routes 16-128k 16-128k
IPv6 routes 8k 8k
Flash memory installed size 2-64 GB 2-64 GB
Advanced switching Layer 2/3 Layer 2/3
Jumbo frame support 9216 bytes 9216 bytes
MAC address table size 136-288k entries 256k entries
Power redundancy yes yes
Power redundancy scheme 1+1 1+2
Power provided 402-715W 650-1200W
Nominal voltage AC 100-240V AC 200-277V, DC 240-380V
Form factor
Configuration Fixed data center Fixed data center
Height (rack units) 1-2 RU 1 RU
Slots free quantity 0 0
Slots total quantity 4 4
Depth 22.4 in 14-17 in
Height 1.7-3.4 in 1.7 in
Width 17.3-17.4 in 17.3 in
Weight 22-33 lb 15-17 lb
Encryption protocols AES128, SSH, TLS, IPSec AES128, SSH, TLS, IPSec
MPLS yes yes
IGMP snooping yes yes
NetFlow yes yes
Python yes yes
Containers yes yes
NX-API yes yes
Operating system NX-OS/ACI NX-OS/ACI
License type perpetual perpetual
Warranty Limited hardware warranty Limited hardware warranty
Service 10-day advance parts replacement, technical support 10-day advance parts replacement, technical support
Support full contract period 1 year, technical support 1 year, technical support

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