Nexus Switches Overview

I. Switches
Core Switches
– Nexus 9000 and 7000 / 7700

Aggregation Switches
– Nexus 6000 & 5500 / 5600

Access Switches
– Nexus 5500 / 5600, 3000, 2000

II. System Major parts
1. Chassis – Physical enclosure of the switch.
2. Supervisor – CPU or the brain of the switch.
3. Line Cards – Physical Port.
4. Fans
5. Power
6. Fabric Module

III. Port Grouping
M132XP Module (Ethernet)
F132XP Module (Fibre Channel)

Note: Not all line card support the features.
http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/nexus-7000-series-switches/white_paper_c11-701112.html

Nexus 7000 / 7700
Core Lan & FCoE Switch
– 1/10/40/100 Gbps Ethernet Ports
– Layer 2 & Layer 3 LAN Switching
– FCoE SAN Switching
– No Native FC Ports

Nexus 5500 / 5600
Aggregation and Access LAN/SAN Switch
– 1/10/40 Gbps Ethernet Ports
– Layer 2 & Layer 3 LAN Switching
– FCoE & Native FC SAN Switching

Nexus 2000
Fabric Extender or a FEX

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