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Cisco Nexus ACI – Hardware Data Sheet

NOTE: All data contained on this page was taken directly from the vendors product data sheet. No validation of accuracy is offered for figures stated regarding bps or pps. The information provided is solely for a point of reference and should only be taken on a provided ‘as is’ basis and not in relation to any specific use case.

Cisco Nexus ACI solution currently has two distinct models the 9300 and the 9500 Series both offering Layer 2 and 3 nonblocking ports ranging in speeds from 1 to 100GbE.

  • The 9300 is a fixed port switch range designed for top of rack (ToR) or small spine deployment
  • The 9500 is a modular chassis supporting up to 16 line cards designed for spine deployment

Spine Switches

Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches

Primarily the 9500 is recommended as the spine solution due to its port density. However a fixed 9300 switch is available as well and will be covered off first

Cisco Nexus 9336PQ

  • Port Type: QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 36 x 40GbE QSFP+
  • Bits per Second (bps): 2.88 Tbps
  • Unit Height: 2RU

Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Switches

Cisco Nexus 9504

  • Max 10GbE: 576
  • Max 40GbE: 144
  • Line Card Slots 4
  • Bits per Second (bps): 15 Tbps
  • Unit Height 7RU

Cisco Nexus 9508

  • Max 10GbE: 1152
  • Max 40GbE: 288
  • Line Card Slots 8
  • Bits per Second (bps): 30 Tbps
  • Unit Height 13RU

Cisco Nexus 9516

  • Max 10GbE: 2048 (line rate)
  • Max 40GbE: 576
  • Line Card Slots 16
  • Bits per Second (bps): 60 Tbps
  • Unit Height 21RU

Line Cards and Fabric Modules

Line cards reflect the connectivity and types where as the Fabric modules in are used to interconnect every line cards and reflect the performance regarding packets and bits per second.

N9K-X9736PQ

  • Recommended Role: Spine
  • ACI Supported: Yes
  • Port Type: QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 36 x 40GbE QSFP+
  • Chassis Supported: 9504, 9508, 9516
  • Number of Fabrics required for listed performance: 6

Supervisor Modules

As with all chassis switches a pair of redundant supervisor modules is required. The two supervisor modules available for the Nexus 9500 are

Supervisor A

  • CPU: 4 x 1.8-GHz x86
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Hard Drive: 64 GB SSD

Supervisor B

  • CPU: 6 x 2.2-GHz x86
  • RAM: 24 GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB SSD

Leaf Switches

Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches

NOTE: The 9396 and 93128 require additional uplink modules, these modules are detailed in the next section

Cisco Nexus 9332PQ

  • Port Type: QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 32 x 40Gbps
  • Bits per Second (bps): 2.56 Tbps
  • Packets per Second (pps): 720 mpps
  • Unit Height: 1RU

Cisco Nexus 9372PX-E

  • Port Type: SFP+; QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 48 x 10-Gbps SFP+; 6 x 40-Gbps QSFP+
  • Bits per Second (bps): 1.44 Tbps
  • Packets per Second (pps): 1150 mpps
  • Unit Height: 1RU

Cisco Nexus 9372TX-E

  • Port Type: BASE-T; QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 48 x 1/10-Gbps BASE-T; 6 x 40-Gbps QSFP+
  • Bits per Second (bps): 1.44 Tbps
  • Packets per Second (pps): 1150 mpps
  • Unit Height: 1RU

Cisco Nexus 9396PX

  • Port Type: BASE-T; QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 48 x 10-Gbps SFP+; 1 x Uplink Module
  • Bits per Second (bps): 1.92 Tbps
  • Packets per Second (pps): 1500 mpps
  • Unit Height: 2RU

Cisco Nexus 9396TX

  • Port Type: BASE-T; QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 48 x 1/10-Gbps BASE-T; 1 x Uplink Module
  • Bits per Second (bps): 1.92 Tbps
  • Packets per Second (pps): 1500 mpps
  • Unit Height: 2RU

Cisco Nexus 93120TX

  • Port Type: BASE-T; QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 96 x 1/10-Gbps BASE-T; 6 x 40-Gbps QSFP+
  • Bits per Second (bps): 2.4 Tbps
  • Packets per Second (pps): 750 mpps
  • Unit Height: 2RU

Cisco Nexus 93128TX

  • Port Type: BASE-T; QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 96 x 1/10-Gbps BASE-T; 6 x 40-Gbps QSFP+
  • Bits per Second (bps): 2.56 Tbps
  • Packets per Second (pps): 750 mpps
  • Unit Height: 3RU

Uplink Module

Uplink modules are not optional an are required for normal switch operation. Any chassis that requires an uplink module can choose any one of the following three modules:

Cisco Nexus M6PQ-E

  • Port Type: QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 6 x 40-Gbps QSFP+

Cisco Nexus M12PQ-E

  • Port Type: QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 12 x 40-Gbps QSFP+

NOTE: only 8 ports are active when installed into Nexus 93128TX. Also note the ports do not support 10GbE breakout mode

Cisco Nexus N9K-M4PC-CFP2

  • Port Type: QSFP+
  • Number of Ports and Speed: 4 x 100-Gbps (using CFP2 or CPAK optics)

NOTE: only 2 ports are active when installed into Nexus 93128TX.93128TX.

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