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Cisco Nexus 7000 DataCenter switch released – Welcome to DataCenter 3.0

January 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment · CCIE Storage, CISCO, DC3.0, IOS-NX

Data Center 3.0 has arrived with Cisco’s Nexus 7000 Data Center switch. I hope I am not to sensational in saying this, but the Data Center as you know it has changed drastically.

Highlights of the the Nexus 7000’s features are –

  • 15 Terrabit per second backplane
  • Support for 40 and 100 gig ports in the future
  • Seperate control and data planes
  • link layer encryption
  • front to back airflow (FINALLY available in a non NEBS chassis)
  • Lossless non blocking fabric (VOQ enabled)
  • Fibre Channel, Infinaband, and Ethernet blades in one unified platform
  • Cisco Data Center Network Manager (MDS Fabric Manager on steroids)
  • Virtual Device Contexts (Network Systems virtualization, the next level past VRF route tags)

You can learn more about this switch in upcoming articles, and at

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