Cisco Unveils New Nexus 9000 Switches

Cisco has added Nexus 9504 and Nexus 9516 switches to its Nexus 9000 portfolio. Together with the Cisco Nexus 9508, these new Cisco products provide an energy-efficient and high-performance data center switch portfolio, designed to address cloud hosting, big data, and complex applications.

With 576 wire-speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 60 Tbps throughput, the Cisco Nexus 9516 is a high density wire rate switch.

With 576 wire-speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 60 Tbps throughput, the Cisco Nexus 9516 is a high density wire rate switch, removing barriers to scale and simplifying network design. The Nexus 9516 was selected as a finalist in the data center category for a 2014 Best of Interop award.

The Cisco Nexus 9504 switch provides a solution to solve migration from core-aggregation-access to spine leaf architectures. With the Nexus 9504, partners have new engagement options for customers seeking lower density aggregation and access designs.

The Nexus 9500 switch portfolio includes system innovation such as a backplane-free modular switch with efficient power and cooling. The switch portfolio also provides chassis flexibility for 1/10G access designs, 10G/40G aggregation designs, and high-performance 40G and future 100G leaf-spine designs.

Cisco Nexus 3000

Cisco has also announced an addition to the Cisco Nexus 3000 family, the new Nexus 3164Q switch designed for demanding workloads of massively scalable data centers (MSDC) and big data. Building on the programmability offerings of the Cisco 9000 portfolio, the Nexus 3164Q supports widest range of automation tools for cloud providers including Linux Container support, XML, JSON, Puppet/Chef, Python, and OpenStack.

The product announcements come as Cisco celebrates the fifth anniversary of its Unified Computing System (UCS). “Our channel partners immediately embraced UCS, and today nearly 4,000 partners worldwide sell UCS,” said Ken Trombetta, VP, Worldwide Channels at Cisco. “We will continue to win with our partners in the data center by delivering innovation through a highly secure and application centric infrastructure.”

Over the past five years, Cisco UCS innovation included: service profiles, patented extended memory, integrated infrastructure, UCS Manager, UCS Central, UCS Director, and most recently UCS Invicta all-flash arrays which bring flash memory close to the data-intensive applications that need it.