Cisco unveils Nexus 7000 Series data centre class platform

Cisco has launched its latest switching platform - the Nexus Series, designed to meet the demands of next-generation data centers, the company claims.

Cisco has launched its latest switching platform - the Nexus Series, designed to meet the demands of next-generation data centers, the company claims.

Flagship product of the new line is the Nexus 7000 modular platform that delivers up to 15Tbps of switching capacity in one chassis, supporting up to 512 10Gbps Ethernet, and future delivery of 40- and 100Gbps Ethernet. The Nexus 7000's 'unified fabric' architecture combines Ethernet and storage capabilities into a single platform, designed to provide servers with access to all network and storage resources. Unified I/O interfaces, and the emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet, are supported.

The Nexus 7000 is designed for the data center with improved airflow and integrated cable management, Cisco says. The data plane is fully distributed and, when coupled with the Cisco NX-OS operating system, facilitates upgrades on production systems without disruption.

At the heart of the Nexus 7000 Series is the NX-OS software, purpose-built to maximise data center resiliency and to consolidate disparate networks. NX-OS combines Cisco's SAN-OS, Layer 2 switching, Layer 3 routing protocols, and advanced virtualisation capabilities into one reliable operating system with the familiar Cisco IOS interface. www.cisco.com

Image: The Nexus 7000 data plane is fully distributed and, when coupled with the Cisco NX-OS operating system, facilitates upgrades on production systems

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