Virtualization has changed the way people design networks.  In data centers you want the whole network to act like a fabric and not like a traditional Layer 2 and Layer 3 network. Data center switches help network engineers to design high-density data center network fabrics that are optimized for server virtualization and meet the stringent requirements of the next-generation data center and support broader architectural shifts such as unified computing system and cloud computing.

 Data Center switches from Cisco offer the following advantages:

  • Infrastructure that can be scaled cost-effectively and that helps you increase energy, budget, and resource efficiency
  • Transport that can navigate the transition to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric and can handle architectural changes such as virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, and cloud computing
  • Operational continuity to meet your need for an environment where system availability is assumed and maintenance windows are rare, if not totally extinct

 Unified Fabric: 

Reduce Costs and Increase Flexibility

A typical data center environment supports two to three parallel networks: one for data, one for storage, and possibly one for server clustering. In addition, servers often have dedicated interfaces for management, backup, or virtual machine live migration. Supporting these interfaces imposes significant costs related to interfaces, cabling, rack space, upstream switches, and power and cooling.

 Unified fabric consolidates these different types of traffic onto a single, general-purpose, high-performance, highly available network that greatly simplifies the network infrastructure and reduces costs. To do all this, a unified fabric must be intelligent enough to identify the different types of traffic and handle them appropriately. In addition to reducing total cost of ownership, unified fabric supports broader data center virtualization by providing consistent, ubiquitous network and storage services to all connected devices.


Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

  • Support core, aggregation, and access unified fabric implementations
  • Support virtualization and cloud computing innovations
  • Deliver high resiliency and scalability in data centers of all sizes
  • Provide high-density 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Simplify migration to 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet
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Cisco Nexus 5000 Series

  • Consolidate data center while protecting investments with unified I/O
  • Decrease total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Simplify data center infrastructure
  • Increase business agility through pervasive data center virtualization
  • Enhance business resiliency with greater operational continuity
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Cisco Nexus 3000 Series

  • Deliver ultra-low-latency performance for high-frequency trading
  • Deliver high port density for big data and Web 2.0 applications
  • Provide high-density 1, 10, and 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  • Support Layer 2 and Layer 3 wire-rate switching
  • Implement advanced unicast and multicast routing protocol features
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Cisco Nexus 2000 Series

  • Provides several connectivity options: 100 MB, 1 GE, 10 GE, and 10GBASE-T
  • Optimizes space for top-of-rack (ToR) topologies
  • Offers a smooth transition from Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Reduces data center cabling costs and footprint with optimized inter-rack cabling
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Cisco Nexus 1000V Virtual Switch

  • Builds on proven SAN-OS for LAN, WAN, and SAN deployments
  • Is supported across Cisco Nexus, MDS, and UCS families
  • Offers high availability, virtualization services, and convergence
  • Provides flexibility for integrating innovations and evolving standards
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Cisco NX-OS for Nexus Switches

  • Builds on proven LAN and SAN deployments
  • Supported across Cisco Nexus and MDS switching families
  • Offers high availability, virtualization services, and convergence
  • Provides flexibility for integrating new innovations and evolving industry standards
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Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series

  • Protects investments in traditional data centers
  • Offers a service platform for data center environments
  • Delivers features for operational management, high availability, and future upgrades
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Cisco Catalyst 4900 Series

  • Supports up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
  • Provides up to 320 Gbps forwarding capacity
  • Supports critical routing protocols and IPv6 in hardware
  • Features hot-swappable, redundant power supply and fans
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Cisco Solution Track Online:

Check the Cisco Solution Track Online, a series of concise and esasy to follow whiteboard tutorial and supporting resources.

Cisco Solution Track Online Nexus


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