Cisco Nexus 9300 Switches

Cisco nexus 9300

Cisco Nexus 9300 Switches

The Cisco Nexus 9300 switches are composed of fixed-port platforms designed for top-of-rack and middle-of-row deployments in data centers. The Nexus 9300 series switches are layer 2 and layer 3 non-blocking 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet and Fiber Channel over Ethernet-capable switches with up to 1.28 Tbps of initial bandwidth.

Early within these series, the Cisco Nexus 9396PX switch is a two rack unit switch that supports 960 Mbps of bandwidth across 48 fixed 10G SFP+ ports and 12 40G QSFP+ ports. The 40G ports are provided on an uplink module that can be serviced and replaced by the user.

The Cisco Nexus 93128TX switch is a three rack unit switch that supports 1.28 Tbps across 96 fixed 100M/1G/100GBASE-T ports and 8 40-Gbps QSFP+ ports. Moreover, used with the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders, the switches can support even more servers in a collapsed access and aggregation layer design that supports 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity across multiple racks.

These switches are designed to adapt to any data center hot-aisle and cold-aisle configuration. The switches can be installed with ports facing the rear, simplifying cabling on server racks by putting the ports closest to servers they support. The switches can also be installed with the ports facing the front, simplifying the upgrade of existing racks of switches in which network cables are wired to the front of the rack. Customers should check Cisco Nexus 9300 datasheet for further information.

To enhance availability, the platform supports 1+1 redundant hot-swappable platinum-rated power supplies and hot swappable 2+1 redundant fan trays.

The Cisco Nexus 40G uplink module provides up to 12 QSFP+ ports for 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to servers or aggregation-layer switches. The uplink module provides 8 active ports when installed into the Cisco Nexus 93128TX, and 12 active ports when installed into Nexus 9396PX. The uplink module provides additional 40MB of buffer that is very important for access and leaf switches as well as VXLAN routing capability. Cisco Nexus 9300 models differences:

Nexus 9300 Leaf 1/10/25GE Fiber Switches

These switches play an important role in Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure performing in Cisco ACI mode. Customers can deploy Nexus 93180YC-EX, Nexus 93180YC-FX, Nexus 93180YC-FX3, Nexus 93240YC-FX2 and Nexus 93360YC-FX2 as ACI leaf, top of rack solution bringing FEX aggregation powered by Cloud Scale. Customers need to check the Cisco Nexus 9300-EX Series datasheet and Cisco Nexus 9300-FX datasheet for further information.

Nexus 9300 Spine 40/100 GE Switches

Customers can use Nexus 9364C, Nexus 9336C-FX2, Nexus 9336C-FX2-E, Nexus 9332C, Nexus 9364C-GX in their ACI spine & NXOS(Leaf/spine), powered by Cloud Scale.

Nexus 9300 400 GE Switches

Finally, Cisco Nexus 9300 400 GE robust switches can be used either in Spine and Leaf, or in NXOS modes of operation.

Cisco Nexus 9300 Licensing 

Cisco Nexus 9300 Licenses are supported in two methods: Cisco DCN licensing and NX-OS licensing. Moreover, customers can benefit from Cisco Nexus PLR licenses to register all instances permanently.  


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