All you need to know about Cisco Nexus 7000 series Switches #NBTech A20

By Network Bulls
CCIE Data Center,Technical Articles

Welcome to NB Tech article series again. In our previous posts we covered unique features, benefits and models of Cisco Nexus 1000, 2000, 5000 and 6000 series switches. After discussing Cisco Nexus 1000, 2000, 3000, 5000 and 6000 series switches, it’s time to discuss Cisco 7000 series switches.

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Cisco 7000 series are designed for meeting the requirement of the mission-critical Data Centers and to lay foundation for the next-Gen Unified Fabric.

These switches provide continuous system operation as well as pervasive, virtualized services. Cisco 7000 series switches are based upon NX-OS Software operating system. These switches are modular Data Center (DC) class products especially designed for highly scalable 100/40/10/1 GE network.

Nexus 7000 series switches provide comprehensive NX-OS feature set as well as open-source programmable tools for SDN (software-defined networking) deployments. These switches provide exceptional serviceability and manageability feature.

              

Features of Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

Cisco 7000 switches deliver various out of the box features. They offer integrated resilience along with specifically optimized features for the DC for ease of management, reliability and availability, scalability.

Nexus 7000 series delivers high-density 100, 40, and 10 GE with performance analytics and application awareness. Let’s have a look at the unique features of Cisco Nexus 7000 series switches -

#1 Operational continuity

Cisco Nexus 7000 series switches offer high operational continuity. In order to support 0-downtime environments, the design of Cisco 7000 switches integrates Nexus Operating System Software features, hardware as well as management.

#2 High performance

Cisco 7000 switches run on Nexus Operating System software. These switches were specifically designed for mission-critical enterprises as well as service provider deployments. The comprehensive feature set is provided by Cisco 7000 series in the highly-resilient modular platform.

#3 Programmability with open Nexus Operating System

Cisco 7000 Series switches offer programmable as well as automation tools for 0-day to day-N management and configuration. For the purpose of data planes and provisioning control; programmable, standard and open API-interfaces are available.

#4 Transport flexibility

Cisco 7000 series allows adoption of networking technologies in a cost-effective and easy manner. These technologies include Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA), Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) and Cisco Remote Integrated Services Engine (RISE).

#5 Infrastructure scalability

Cisco 7000 series switches offer great infrastructure scalability. Cloud scale with automation, virtualization, high density, efficient power and cooling, and performance supports efficient DC growth.

Models of Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

Nexus 7000 series switches have various models and every model of Cisco 7000 series have few unique and stand-alone features. Below, we are listing all the models of Cisco Nexus 7000 series switches along with their features and capabilities. Have a look –

#1 Cisco Nexus 7000 18-Slot Switch

Cisco 7000 18-Slot switches deliver reliable, high-performance and scalable switching. These switches have various stand-alone capabilities and features. The unique features of Nexus 7000 18-Slot switches include –

  • Support for 100 Gbps and 40 Gbps Ethernet standards.
  • Support for new technologies without the need for total upgrades.
  • Flexible, Modular, and scalable Linux-based Operating System.

                           

#2 Cisco Nexus 7000 10-Slot Switch

Cisco 7000 10-Slot switches are designed to deliver flexibility, performance, and 0-service loss for Next-Gen Unified Fabric DC. These switches provide quite a high switching capacity which is more than 15Tbps. In addition, these switches offer graceful system operations for minimizing the effect of maintenance and upgrades.

#3 Cisco Nexus 7000 9-Slot Switch

Cisco 7000 9-Slot switches are designed for delivering Unified Fabric for the purpose of meeting the needs of campus core deployments and DC environments. These switches have of more than 8 Tbps of switching capacity, supports new technologies with just incremental upgrades, provides non-disruptive, lossless upgrades for 0-service downtime and a lot more.

#4 Cisco Nexus 7000 4-Slot Switch

Cisco Nexus 7000 4-Slot switch have similar Nexus Operating System operational features and delivers high performance, side-to-rear air flow and high availability. For meeting the needs of midsized, small DC edge and core deployments, Nexus 7000 4-Slot switches delivers a Unified Fabric.

In addition, these switches have the switching capacity of 1.92 Tbps, ISSUs for 0-service downtime, support for 100, 40, 10, and 1 GE interfaces, FCoE for SAN as well as LAN consolidation and a lot more.

Cisco 7700 series switches – the latest extension to 7000 nexus series 

The latest extension has been introduced to the Cisco 7000 series switches i.e. Cisco 7700 switches. The latest extension – Nexus 7700 switches offers switching capacity more than 83 Tbps. These switches deliver the highest capacity 100, 40, and 10 GE ports with up to 384 40-Gbps ports, 192 100-Gbps ports or 768 native 10-Gbps ports.

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The Cisco Nexus 7700 series switches have feature and operational consistency with the existing Nexus 7000 Series, using the same ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) technology, same Cisco Nexus Operating System Software releases and the common system architecture. 

Conclusion

Cisco 7000 series switches are specially designed for meeting the requirement of the mission-critical DCs. Cisco 7000 switches are Ideal for aggregation, core deployments and data center access.

  • Cisco 7000 series provide high 100, 40, 10, and 1 Gigabit Ethernet scalability.
  • They provide the most comprehensive programmability capabilities and data center features in the industry.
  • Offer more than 83 Tb per chassis and switching capacity up to 1.3 Tbps.
  • They also deliver hitless ISSU (In-Service Software Upgrade), high availability and advanced services.

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Stay tuned for more posts, Next we will be covering Cisco Nexus 7700 Series Switches. 

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