Top 3 Features and 4 models of Cisco Nexus 5500 Series Switches #NB Tech A17

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In today’s technologically driven era, the enterprises are looking forward to Data Center switches with high scalability, architectural flexibility and a lot more. Cisco Nexus 5500 series switches are specially designed for meeting the requirement of the Data Centers in today’s world. Cisco Nexus 5500 switches are well suited for end-of-row, middle-of-row, or top-of-rack data center access layer applications.These switches simplify convergence via broad connectivity port. Thus, Cisco 5500 switches are perfect top-of-rack access switches for converged and traditional deployments.

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Cisco Nexus 5500 series switches

Capabilities and Features of Cisco Nexus 5500 series switches

Cisco Nexus 5500 series switches provide numerous benefits to the business and thus are highly demanded by the business. Nexus 5500 switches are just perfect for enterprise class DC server access layer deployments across a diverse set of virtual, physical, storage-access and HPC (High-Performance computing) data center environments. Below we are listing the special features of Cisco 5500 series switches, have a look –

Flexible Architecture

Cisco Nexus 5500 switches offer deployment flexibility for meeting the needs of customers in this technologically driven era. Architectural flexibility provided by Cisco 5500 series switches are listed below

  • It supports Cisco DFA (Dynamic Fabric Automation)­ for the purpose of simplified virtualized and cloud deployments.
  • It also supports Cisco Fabric-Path for the Layer 2 networks.
  • The broad connectivity support offered by Cisco 5500 series switches include 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks, 10-BASE-T, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and native Fibre Channel.

Operational Efficiency

Cisco 5500 series helps in achieving the operational efficiency. The operations are easily simplified with the help of the features listed below –

  • Single management point along with Cisco Fabric Extender architecture.
  • In addition, the programmers make use of TCL (Tool Command Language), OpenFlow and Python for achieving the operational efficiency.

Scalability

Nexus 5500 switches are specially designed for meeting the scalability demand of Data Centers. These Switches offer a great scalable feature, some of them are listed below –

  • Up to 1152 ports are offered in single management domain making use of Cisco Fabric Extender Architecture.
  • In addition, cisco 5500 offers unified ports up to 96.

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Cisco Nexus 5500 series switches – Models

Like other series of Cisco Nexus switches, Cisco Nexus 5500 also has various models available. Each model of Cisco Nexus 5500 series has a unique feature. Below listed are the models of Cisco Nexus 5500 switches along with their special features have a look.

Cisco Nexus 5548P Switch

It is the first switch of Cisco 5500 series with 1 Rack unit, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet.  Cisco Nexus 5548P Switch offers up to 48 ports and up to 960-Gbps throughput. The switch has 32 fixed 1/10Gbps SFP+ Ethernet and FCoE ports along with one expansion slot. It is a top-of-rack switch and all severs in rack connects directly to the switch and it connects to SANor LAN.

Features and models of Cisco Nexus 5500 series switches

Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switch

Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switch is a one rack unit, 10-Gigabit Ethernet, FCoE and Fibre Channel switch which offers up to 48 ports and up to 960-Gbps throughput. This model of Cisco 5500 switches has 32 fixed unified ports along with 1 expansion slot.

Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switch

Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch

This model of Cisco Nexus 5500 switches is top-of-rack switch 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 2 Rack unit,  FCoE and Fibre Channel switch which offers up to 96 ports and up to 1920 Gigabit throughput. Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch has 48 1/10GbE, FCoE unified ports along with 3 expansion slots. It is also top-of-rack switch and thus all the servers connect to the switch which further connects to SAN or LAN.

Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch

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Cisco Nexus 5596T Switch

Cisco Nexus 5596T Switch is a 2 Rack Unit switch having 16 fixed ports of SFP+ and 32 fixed ports of 10G BASE-T. This model of Nexus 5500 switch supports 3 expansion slots. Cisco Nexus 5596T Switch supports FCoE, Fibre Channel and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. In addition, it offers up to 96 ports and up to 1920 Gbps of throughput.

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Cisco Nexus 5596T Switch

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