Cisco recently announced its new Nexus 9000 family of data center switches, which comprises the Nexus 9300 series fixed switches and the Nexus 9500 series modular switches. Of particular interest is the Nexus 9508, which is impressive in terms of performance, power efficiency, 10/40GbE and future 100GbE port density, programming environment and orchestration attributes. But while most companies announce products long before first customer ship with long road maps of when product features are available, Cisco’s Nexus 9000 series is ready in Q4 of this calendar year.
In fact, the independent and open industry Lippis/Ixia team have recently completed the process of testing the Nexus 9508 at 288 40GbE capacity for layer 3 unicast plus IP multicast forwarding latency and congestion management via RFC 2544, 3918 and 2889, respectively. The Nexus 9508 test report is in production and will be available here shortly. In the meantime, we review the Nexus 9000 product architecture, and how it will change data center network design.
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