Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders

Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders

Agility, flexibility, and simplicity at scale

Agility, flexibility, and simplicity at scale Simplify your data center operations with Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders. As part of the Cisco Data Center Networking portfolio, they integrate into existing network infrastructures as well as Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI). These fabric extenders offer a flexible solution to add access port connectivity to your data center network.

Features and benefits

Benefit from third-generation technology

Benefit from third-generation technology Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders provide connectivity for rack and blade servers and for converged fabric deployments. As the third generation in the Cisco fabric extender portfolio, the Cisco Nexus 2300 Series provides a wide range of benefits.

Deliver innovation to the data center

Simplify migration to 10 Gbps at the server access layer. Support cost-effective migration to 40 Gigabit Ethernet with Cisco BiDi optics. Deploy larger buffers and additional TCAM.

Reduce total cost of ownership

Top-of-rack designs offer flexibility and simplified cabling. End-of-row designs offer simplified management and efficient utilization.

Gain architectural flexibility

Integrate with various architectures. Redeploy as your needs change. Unified ports support both LAN and SAN deployment. Parent switch support spans Cisco Nexus 500060007000, and 9000 Series Switches and Cisco UCS fabric interconnects.

Models

Data Sheets

Product Overview

The Cisco Nexus® 2000 Series Fabric Extenders comprise a category of data center products designed to simplify data center access architecture and operations. The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series uses the Cisco® fabric extender architecture to provide a highly scalable unified server-access platform across a range of 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, unified fabric, copper and fiber connectivity, and rack and blade server environments. The platform is well suited to support today’s traditional 1 Gigabit Ethernet environments while allowing transparent migration to 10 Gigabit Ethernet, virtual machine-aware unified fabric technologies.

The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders behave like remote line cards for a parent Cisco Nexus switch. The fabric extenders are essentially extensions of the parent Cisco Nexus switch fabric, with the fabric extenders and the parent switch together forming a distributed modular system. This architecture enables physical topologies with the flexibility and benefits of both top-of-rack (ToR) and end-of-row (EoR) deployments.

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References:

  1. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders – Cisco
  2. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders Data Sheet – Cisco
  3. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders Data Sheet – Cisco

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