Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Nexus 5600 - upgraded datacenter access layer

The datacenter is the hot cake in the high speed information age. Cisco has announced the nexus 5600 series switches for the datacenter access layer. Am excited because we have the true 40G ports available on them which means it can handle more traffic at the access layer.

The newer models are labeled c5672UP & c56128P.

The c5672UP has;

48ports which can handle  1/10G  which gives a total of 48x10=480Gbps,
full-duplex on each ports which means a bandwidth of  480x2=960Gbps
6ports which can handle 40G which gives a total of 6x40=240Gbps,
full duplex for the ports which mean a bandwidth of 240x2=480Gps

So a total of 960+480=1440Gbps throughput on the switch. No only that it gives us 16UP ports which  supports FC and FCOE. The switch also supports VXLAN.

The c56128P has;

onboard 48ports 1/10G  & 4 ports supporting 40G onboard. It also supports&nbsp two expansion slots to support 24 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE or 8/4/2-Gbps Fibre Channel and two ports of 40 Gigabit Ethernet using QSFP optics.

It has a lot more packed in. Further details can be found here in the cisco data sheet.

Verified scalability guide for version 7.0 version of the NXOS for the 5K series of switch will be of help to know how much the device can support.

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