Product Overview The Cisco Nexus® 9300-EX platform is the next generation of fixed Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches. The new platform, based on Cisco’s Cloud Scale ASIC supports cost-effective cloud-scale deployments, an increased number of endpoints, and cloud services with wire-rate security and telemetry. The platform is built on modern system architecture designed to provide high performance to meet the evolving needs of highly scalable data centers and growing enterprises. Cisco Nexus 9300-EX platform switches offer a variety of interface options to transparently migrate existing data centers from 100-Mbps, 1-Gbps, and 10-Gbps speeds to 25 Gbps at the server, and from 10- and 40-Gbps speeds to 50 and 100 Gbps at the aggregation layer. The platform provides investment protection for customers, delivering large buffers, immense Layer 2 and Layer 3 scalability, and performance to meet the changing needs of highly virtualized, automated cloud environments in data centers. The platform hardware supports Cisco® Data Center Interconnect (DCI) features, enabling flexible workload mobility and LAN and SAN convergence. The platform has the capability to collect comprehensive Cisco Tetration Analytics™ telemetry information at line rate across all the ports without adding any latency to the packets or negatively affecting switch performance. This telemetry information is exported every 100 milliseconds by default directly from the switch’s application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). This information consists of three types of data:
● Flow information: This information contains information about endpoints, protocols, ports, when the flow started, how long the flow was active, etc.
● Interpacket variation: This information captures any interpacket variations within the flow. Examples include variation in time to live (TTL), IP and TCP flags, payload length, etc.
● Context details: Context information is derived outside the packet header, including variation in buffer utilization, packet drops within a flow, association with tunnel endpoints, etc. The Cisco Tetration Analytics platform consumes this telemetry data, and by using unsupervised machine learning and behavior analysis it can provide outstanding pervasive visibility across everything in your data center in real time. By using algorithmic approaches, the Cisco Tetration Analytics platform provides a deep application insights and interactions, enabling dramatically simplified operations, a zero-trust model, and migration of applications to any programmable infrastructure.
Cisco provides two modes of operation for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches. Organizations can use Cisco NX-OS Software to deploy the switches in standard Cisco Nexus switch environments (NX-OS mode). Organizations also can use a hardware infrastructure that is ready to support the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™) platform to take full advantage of an automated, policy-based, systems-management approach (ACI mode).
Cisco Nexus 9300-EX Platform Switches Model Description Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switch 48 x 10/25-Gbps fiber ports and 6 x 40/100-Gbps Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable 28 (QSFP28) ports Cisco Nexus 93108TC-EX Switch 48 x 10GBASE-T ports and 6 x 40/100-Gbps QSFP28 ports The Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switch (Figure 1) is a 1-rack-unit (1RU) switch with latency of less than 1 microsecond that supports 3.6 terabits per second (Tbps) of bandwidth and over 2.8 billion packets per second (bpps). The 48 downlink ports on the 93180YC-EX can be configured to work as 1-, 10-, or 25-Gbps ports, offering deployment flexibility and investment protection. The uplink can support up to six 40- and 100-Gbps ports, or a combination of 10-, 25-, 40-, 50-, and 100-Gbps connectivity, offering flexible migration options. Figure 1. Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX Switch The Cisco Nexus 93108TC-EX Switch (Figure 2) is a 1RU switch that supports 2.16 Tbps of bandwidth and over 1.7 bpps. The 48 10GBASE-T downlink ports on the 93108TC-EX can be configured to work as 100-Mbps, 1-Gbps, or 10-Gbps ports. The uplink can support up to six 40- and 100-Gbps ports, or a combination of 10-, 25-, 40-, 50-, and 100-Gbps connectivity, offering flexible migration options. Figure 2. Cisco Nexus 93108TC-EX Switch Features and Benefits
The Cisco Nexus 9300-EX platform provides the following features and benefits:
The platform provides wire-rate Layer 2 and 3 switching on all ports.
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