Data Sheet

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Switches
Product Overview
Changing application environments are placing new demands on your IT infrastructure. With application workloads
deployed across a mix of virtualized and nonvirtualized server and storage infrastructures, your network must
provide constant connectivity, security, and visibility across bare-metal, virtualized, and cloud computing
environments. For example:

Application instances are created dynamically, so provisioning, modification, and removal of application
network connectivity also need to be dynamic.

With business units demanding accelerated application deployments, your IT department needs to provide
a shared IT infrastructure that addresses time-to-market needs and an increased return on investment
(ROI).

When you deploy a mix of custom, open source, and off-the-shelf commercial applications, your IT
department must manage security and quality of service (QoS) for environments that support multitenancy.

With applications transitioning to a less monolithic, scale-out, multinode model, your IT infrastructure must
scale with the speed of business and provide support for both 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

The Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches include modular and fixed-port switches that overcome these challenges
with a flexible, agile, low-cost, application centric infrastructure.
The Cisco Nexus 9500 switching platform (Figure 1) offers three modular options: the Cisco Nexus 9504 Switch
with 4 slots, the Cisco Nexus 9508 Switch with 8 slots, and the Cisco Nexus 9516 Switch with 16 slots. All three
switches use the same supervisor, system controller, power supplies, and line cards1. The Cisco Nexus 9500
platform consists of Layer 2 and 3 nonblocking Ethernet switches with backplane bandwidth of up to 60 terabits per
second (Tbps), the Cisco Nexus 9504, 9508, and 9516 Switches support 1, 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet
interfaces through a comprehensive selection of modular line cards. Configurable with up to 2304 10 Gigabit
Ethernet, 576 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports or 128 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports, they provide ample capacity for both
access- and aggregation-layer deployments.

1

N9K-X9636PQ is not supported in 16 slot chassis

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Figure 1.

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches: Family Portrait

There are two modes of operation for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series. Organizations can use Cisco® NX-OS Software
with the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series in standard Cisco Nexus switch environments. They can also use the
application-centric infrastructure (ACI)-ready hardware infrastructure to take full advantage of an automated, policybased, systems management approach. This data sheet covers standard Cisco Nexus switch deployment
scenarios.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Features and Benefits
The Cisco Nexus 9500 is a modular chassis that supports up to 16 line cards, 2 supervisor modules, 2 chassis
controllers, 3 fan trays, 6 fabric modules, and 10 power supplies. The switch supports comprehensive Layer 2 and
3 functions on nonblocking 1, 10, 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Table 1.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Features and Benefits

Capability

Benefit

Predictable high
performance

The switch delivers up to 60 Tbps of nonblocking performance with latency of less than 5 microseconds, enabling
data center customers to build a robust network fabric that can scale from as few as 200 10 Gigabit Ethernet
server ports to more than 200,000 10 Gigabit Ethernet server ports.

High-density 1 and 10
Gigabit Ethernet
configuration

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform helps organizations transition from existing 1 Gigabit Ethernet Cisco Catalyst ®
6500 Series Switches server access designs to 10 Gigabit Ethernet server access designs with the same port
density.

High-density 10, 40 and 100
Gigabit Ethernet
configuration

The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series helps organizations transition from 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructures to 10
40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet infrastructures to support the increased bandwidth demands of scale-out, multinode
application environments.

Advanced optics

Cisco offers a pluggable 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ bidirectional transceiver that enables customers to use
existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center cabling to support 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. This allows the
adoption of 40 Gigabit Ethernet with no cable infrastructure upgrade costs.

Highly available, scalable,
and robust solution

All major components are redundant, including supervisors, system controllers, power supplies, and fan trays.
The switch line cards use a mix of merchant and Cisco application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to produce
a low-complexity, low-cost design. All buffer memory is integrated into the forwarding ASICs, avoiding the need
for a large number of external memory modules. All transceivers are pluggable to support the highest possible
mean time between failure (MTBF) for the switch.

Chassis designed for 2 to 3
future generations of line
cards

The flexible and efficient chassis design has 100% headroom for future expansion with the capability to support
more bandwidth and cooling and twice the number of power supplies needed to support today’s maximum
configuration.

Power efficiency

The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform is the first switch chassis designed without a midplane. Line cards and fabric
modules connect directly. This design approach provides optimal front-to-back airflow and helps the switch
operate using less power. In addition, all Cisco Nexus 9000 Series power supplies are 80 Plus Platinum rated.
The typical power consumption per 10 Gigabit Ethernet port is less than 3.5 watts (W). The typical power
consumption of each 40 Gigabit Ethernet port is less than 14W.

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Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Components
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform is built using the components illustrated in Figure 2 and described in the following
sections.
Figure 2.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Components

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Line Cards for Non-ACI Deployments
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform supports a variety of line cards, all able to be configured in any combination
(Table 2).
Table 2.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Line Cards

N9K-X9408PC-CFP2: 100G Gigabit Ethernet Line Card

● 8-port 100 Gigabit Ethernet CFP2 line card
● Designed for use in an aggregation switch role
● Line rate > 200-byte packets
● 24MB buffer
● Cannot be upgraded to ACI mode
● Supported in 4, 8 and 16 slot chassis
● Requires 4 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth

N9K-X9636PQ: 40 Gigabit Ethernet Line Card

● 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
● Nonblocking, 36MB buffer
● Designed for use in an aggregation switch role
● Cannot be upgraded to ACI mode
● Supported in 4- and 8-slot chassis
● Requires 6 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth

N9K-X9536PQ: 40 Gigabit Ethernet Line Card

● 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
● Designed for 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet access and
aggregation
● VxLAN Routing/Bridging
● 104MB buffer
● Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis
● 1.5:1 oversubscription
● Requires 6 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth

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N9K-X9564PX: 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Access-Layer and 10 and 40 Gigabit
Ethernet Aggregation-Layer Line Card

● 48-port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ with 4-port 40
Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
● Nonblocking, 104MB buffer
● VxLAN Routing/Bridging
● Designed for 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet access and
aggregation
● Supports both direct-attach 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper
cabling and optical transceivers
● Offers 4 QFSP+ ports that provide 40 Gigabit Ethernet
server access, uplink, and downlink capacity Supported
in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis
● Requires 3 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth

N9K-X9564TX: 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Copper Access-Layer and 10 and 40
Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation-Layer Line Card

● 48-port 1 and 10GBASE-T plus 4-port 40 Gigabit
Ethernet QSFP+ line card
● Nonblocking, 104MB buffer
● VxLAN Routing/Bridging
● Designed for end-of row (EoR) and middle-of-row (MoR)
environments
● Supports 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, and
10GBASE-T copper cabling connectivity for server
access
● Offers 4 QFSP+ ports that provide 40 Gigabit Ethernet
server access, uplink, and downlink capacity
● Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis
● Requires 3 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth

N9K-X9432PQ: 40 Gigabit Ethernet Line Card

● 32-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card
● Line rate > 200-byte packets
● 24MB buffer
● Designed for 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet access and
aggregation
● Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis
● Requires 4 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth

N9K-X9464PX: 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Access-Layer and 10 and 40 Gigabit
Ethernet Aggregation-Layer Line Card

● 48-port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ with 4-port 40
Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

N9K-X9464PX-48: N9K-X9464PX linecard with 48p SFP+ USR Optics

● Line rate > 200-byte packets
● 12MB buffer
● Designed for 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet access and
aggregation
● Supports both direct-attach 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper
cabling and optical transceivers
● Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis
● Requires 4 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth

N9K-X9464TX: 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Copper Access-Layer and 10 and 40
Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation-Layer Line Card

● 48-port 1 and 10GBASE-T plus 4-port 40 Gigabit
Ethernet QSFP+ line card
● Line rate > 200-byte packets
● 12MB buffer
● Designed for end-of row (EoR) and middle-of-row (MoR)
environments
● Supports 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, and
10GBASE-T copper cabling connectivity for server
access
● Supported in 4-, 8-, and 16-slot chassis
● Requires 4 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth

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Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Fabric Modules and Performance
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform has a Clos fabric design that interconnects the line cards with rear-mounted fabric
modules. It supports up to six fabric modules, each with up to 10 24-Tbps line-rate packet forwarding capacity. All
fabric cards are directly connected to all line cards. With load balancing across fabric cards, the architecture
achieves optimal bandwidth distribution within the chassis. See Table 3 for ordering information.
Table 3.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Line Cards and Fabric Modules

Part Number

Product Description

Performance

Required Fabric Modules
for Maximum Bandwidth

N9K-X9408PCCFP2

Nexus 9500 linecard, 8p 100G CFP2 aggregation linecard (Linerate >200 1.6 Tbps,
Bytes)
1.44 Bpps

4

N9K-X9636PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 36p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (non-blocking) 2.88 Tbps,
2.16 Bpps

6

N9K-X9536PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 36p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (1.5:1
Oversubscribed)

2.88 Tbps,
1.44 Bpps

6

N9K-X9564TX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G-T plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking)

1.28 Tbps,

3

960 Mpps
N9K-X9564PX

N9K-X9432PQ

N9K-X9464TX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G SFP+ plus 4p QSFP linecard (nonblocking)

1.28 Tbps,

Nexus 9500 linecard, 32p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (Linerate
>200 Bytes)

2.56 Tbps,

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G-T plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking)

1.28 Tbps,

3

960 Mpps
4

1.44 Bpps
4

960 Mpps
N9K-X9464PX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G SFP+ plus 4p QSFP linecard (nonblocking)

1.28 Tbps,

4

960 Mpps

Note:
1) Tbps: Tera Bits Per Second
2) Bpps: Billion Packets Per Second
3) Mpps: Million Packets Per Second

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Supervisor Module
A pair of redundant supervisor modules manages all switch operations using a state-synchronized active-standby
model. The supervisor accepts an external clock and supports management through multiple ports, including two
USB ports, a serial console, and a 10/100/1000-Mbps network port. Two supervisors are available to provide
deployment options:
Supervisor A: 4-Core, 1.8GHz x86 CPU, 16 GB of RAM and 64 GB solid state drive (SSD)
Supervisor B: 6-Core, 2.2GHz x86 CPU, 24 GB of RAM and 256 GB solid state drive (SSD)
Either supervisor can be used in NX-OS deployments, but Supervisor B provides additional compute and storage
for enhanced performance. Redundant supervisors need to be of same type within a chassis.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform System Controller
A pair of redundant system controllers offloads chassis management functions from the supervisor modules.
The controllers are responsible for managing power supplies and fan trays and are a central point for the Gigabit
Ethernet out-of-band channel (EOBC) between the supervisors, fabric modules, and line cards.

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Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Power Supply
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform supports up to ten hot-swappable, front-panel-accessible power supplies. A fully
loaded chassis can operate with two 3000W AC power supplies. N+1 and N+N redundancy modes are supported.
The 3000W AC power supply is 80 Plus Platinum rated, providing more than 90 percent efficiency across typical
workloads.
The additional four power supply slots are not needed with existing line cards but offer headroom to support higherbandwidth line cards in the future. Two power supplies are available to provide deployment options:
N9K-PAC-3000W-B Nexus 9500 3000W Standard 200-240v AC PS, Port Side Intake
N9K-PUV-3000W-B Nexus 9500 3000W Universal AC/DC PS, Port Side Intake. This power supply can be used for
180-305VAC or 192-400VDC deployments.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Fan Trays
Three hot-swappable fan trays support front-to-back cooling. Each fan tray covers two fabric modules and can be
removed for access.

Deployment Scenarios
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform is a versatile data center switching platform. Switches can operate as EoR accesslayer switches deployed with or without Cisco fabric extender technology, as aggregation-layer switches in
traditional hierarchical network architecture, or as leaf or spine switches in a horizontally scaled leaf-and-spine
architecture.

End-of-Row Access-Layer Switch
Configured as EoR access-layer switches (Figure 3), Cisco Nexus 9500 platform switches can connect to almost
any blade or rack server through 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections,
including:

Third-party and standalone Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) rack servers

Third-party blade server chassis with chassis-resident switches or pass-through devices

Cisco UCS

The Cisco Nexus 9500 offers an easy upgrade path from the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series, bringing the features,
reliability, scalability, and availability of Cisco NX-OS Software platforms to existing EoR configurations. With
support for 100 Megabit Ethernet, 1 Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper connectivity, it supports the
transition from 1 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet one server or rack at a time.
For example, equipped with eight 48-port 1 and 10GBASE-T line cards, each Cisco Nexus 9508 can service up to
384 servers, with 32 40 Gigabit Ethernet uplinks available for server access or uplinks to the aggregation tier.

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Figure 3.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Switches Can Be Configured as EoR Access-Layer Switches

Aggregation-Layer Switch
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform switches can act as aggregation-layer switches in traditional hierarchical
architectures (Figure 5). Because the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform can host 10, 40, and (future) 100 Gigabit
Ethernet interfaces, organizations have the flexibility to build new infrastructures or use the switches as slide-in
replacements with increased bandwidth and functions, using existing copper and optical cables.

Uplinks: 100 Gigabit Ethernet and 40 Gigabit Ethernet Ethernet-to-core switching layer connectivity is
supported. The migration path offered by the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform prepares data center networks for
future capacity growth.

Downlinks: 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to existing Cisco and third-party switches allows the switch to
use the existing infrastructure and integrate with top-of-row (ToR), EoR, or MoR access-layer switches. 40
Gigabit Ethernet capability pairs the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform in the aggregation layer with 40 Gigabit
Ethernet uplink ports on the Cisco Nexus 9300 platform switches with fixed access ports. Using 40-Gbps of
connectivity on existing fiber pairs dramatically simplifies the evolution to greater per-rack bandwidth without
the cost and complexity of upgrading the data center cable plant.

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Figure 4.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform as Aggregation-Layer Switches

Leaf-and-Spine Architecture
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform can serve as a leaf or a spine in network architectures (Figure 6). With their Layer
3 capabilities, Cisco Nexus 9500 and 9300 platforms can be used with Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) routing to
accelerate the flow of traffic and reduce reconvergence time in the event of a failure. Redundancy in leaf-and-spine
architectures offer increased availability with highly flexible workload placement. Depending on your deployment
requirements, the leaf-and-spine design can be implemented in Cisco NX-OS or ACI mode. For additional
information about Cisco ACI mode refer to Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform Application-Centric Infrastructure Switches
Data Sheet.
Figure 5.

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform in a Leaf-and-Spine Architecture

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Cisco NX-OS Software Overview
Cisco NX-OS is a purpose-built operating system for the data center designed for performance, resiliency,
scalability, manageability, and programmability. Cisco NX-OS provides a robust and comprehensive feature set
that meets the demanding requirements of virtualization and automation in existing and future data centers. Cisco
NX-OS Software for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches works in two modes;

Standalone Cisco NX-OS deployment

Cisco ACI deployment

The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series uses an enhanced version of Cisco NX-OS Software with a single binary image that
supports every switch in the series to simplify image management. The operating system is modular, with a
dedicated process for each routing protocol that isolates faults while increasing availability. In the event of a
process failure, the process can be restarted without losing state. The operating system supports patching and
online diagnostics. In the event of a supervisor module failure, the software supports stateful switchover with
continuous availability.
Main switch features include the following:

Power-On Auto Provisioning (POAP) automates the process of upgrading software images and installing
configuration files on Cisco Nexus switches that are deployed in the network for the first time.

Intelligent Application Programming Interface (NX-API) provides operators with a means to manage the
switch through remote procedure calls (RPCs), JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) or XML over a
HTTP/HTTPS infrastructure.

Linux shell access enables the switch to be configured through Linux shell scripts, helping automate and
ensure consistency when configuring multiple switches.

Cisco NX-OS can be patched without any interruption in switch operations.

Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) bridging and routing, supporting and accelerating communication between
virtual and physical servers across multiple data centers.

The Cisco ACI image enables the Cisco ACI spine-and-leaf architecture with Cisco Nexus 9500 platform in
spine role. Powered with the Opflex-enabled Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) and
open controllers such as OpenStack, this deployment model dramatically reduces time-to-service delivery,
automated network provisioning, and real-time telemetry correlation between the virtual and physical
infrastructure.

For complete list of supported features refer to Cisco Feature Navigator.

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Cisco NX-OS Features and Benefits
Software for the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series offers flexibility and a comprehensive feature set for consistency with
Cisco Nexus access switches. The default system software has a comprehensive Layer 2 security and
management feature set. Additional licenses are required to enable Layer 3 IP Unicast and IP Multicast routing
functions. Table 4 shows the software packaging and licensing available to enable these advanced features.
Table 4.

Software Packaging and Licensing

Packaging

Chassis Based

Part Number

Supported Features

Cisco Nexus 9500 platform Layer 3
license

Chassis

N95-LAN1K9

Layer 3 features, including full OSPF, Enhanced Interior
Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Border Gateway Protocol
(BGP)

Cisco Data Center Network
Management (DCNM) license

Chassis

DCNM-LAN-N95K9

Cisco DCNM license for Cisco Nexus 9500 platform

Software Requirements
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform supports Cisco NX-OS Software Release 6.1 and later. Cisco NX-OS
interoperates with any networking operating system that conforms to networking standards, including Cisco IOS®.
The Cisco Nexus 9000 Series runs Cisco NX-OS on a 64-bit Linux kernel (Release 3.4.10) with a single binary
image that supports both modular (Cisco Nexus 9500 platform) and fixed-port (Cisco Nexus 9300 platform)
switches. The software image is based on Cisco NX-OS Software Release 6.1(2). The single image incorporates
both the Linux kernel and Cisco NX-OS so the switch can be booted through a standard Linux kickstart process.

Specifications
Table 5 lists the specifications for the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform in a non-ACI deployment. (Please check software
release notes for feature support information).
Table 5.

Product Specifications: Performance and Scalability

Item

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform

Maximum number of longest prefix match (LPM) routes

128,000

Maximum number of IP host entries

208,000

Maximum number of MAC address entries

160,000

Number of multicast routes

● 8000 to 32,000 (without virtual Port Channel [vPC])
● 4000 to 32,000 (with vPC)

Number of Interior Gateway Management Protocol (IGMP) snooping groups

● 8000 to 32,000 (without virtual Port Channel [vPC])
● 4000 to 32,000 (with vPC)

Number of access control list (ACL) entries

● 5,000 to 60,000 egress
● 1,500 to 18,000 ingress

Maximum number of VLANs

4096

Maximum number of Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) instances

1000

Maximum number of links in a PortChannel

32

Maximum number of ECMP paths

64

Maximum number of PortChannels

528

Number of active Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) sessions

4 to 32

Maximum number of Rapid per-VLAN Spanning Tree (RPVST) instances

507

Maximum number of Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) groups

490

Maximum number of Multiple Spanning Tree (MST) instances

64

Maximum number of tunnel endpoints (VTEP) and VXLAN physical servers
(per VLAN)

10,000

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Supported Optics Modules
For details about the available optics modules and the minimum software release required for each supported
optical module, visit
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/modules/ps5455/products_device_support_tables_list.html.

Power Supply
Table 6 lists the properties of the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform power supplies.
Table 6.

N9K-PAC-3000W-B Standard AC Power Supply Properties

AC Power Supply Properties

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform

Power

3000W AC

Input voltage

200 to 240 VAC

Frequency

50 to 60 Hz

Efficiency

90% or greater (20 to 100% load)

RoHS compliance

Yes

Hot swappable

Yes

Front-to-back airflow power supply

Yes

Table 7.

N9K-PUV-3000W-B Universal AC/DC Power Supply Properties

AC Power Supply Properties

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform

Power

3000W AC

Input voltage

200-277 VAC or 240-380 VDC

Frequency

47Hz-63 Hz

Efficiency

90% or greater (20 to 100% load)

RoHS compliance

Yes

Hot swappable

Yes

Front-to-back airflow power supply

Yes

Environment
Table 8 lists the environmental properties of the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform.
Table 8.

Environmental Properties

Property

Cisco Nexus 9500 Platform

Physical (H x W x D)
● Cisco Nexus 9504

● 12.25 x 17.50 x 33.15 in. (31.1 x 44.50 x 84.20 cm)

● Cisco Nexus 9508

● 22.70 x 17.50 x 31.76 in. (57.78 x 44.50 x 80.67 cm)

● Cisco Nexus 9516

● 36.70 x 17.50 x 31.76 in. (93.41 x 44.50 x 80.67 cm)

Operating temperature

32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)

Nonoperating (storage) temperature

-40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)

Humidity

5 to 95% (noncondensing)

Altitude

0 to 13,123 ft (0 to 4000m)

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Weight and Typical Power
Table 9 lists the weight and typical power consumption of the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform.
Table 9.

Weight and Power Consumption

Component

Weight

Chassis
● Cisco Nexus 9504 chassis

● 84 lb (38.2kg)

● Cisco Nexus 9508 chassis

● 150 lb (68.2 kg)

● Cisco Nexus 9516 chassis

● 192 lb (87.3 kg)

Typical Power

Maximum Power

-

-

Power Supply
● N9K-PAC-3000W-B

● 6.2 lb (2.8 kg)

● N9K-PUV-3000W-B

● 5.9 lb (2.7 kg)

Fan trays (3 maximum)
● Cisco Nexus 9504

● 6.38 lb (2.9 kg)

● 95W

● 137W

● Cisco Nexus 9508

● 8.25 lb (3.7 kg)

● 176W

● 250W

● Cisco Nexus 9516

● 10.10 lb (4.6kg)

● 330W

● 450W

● Cisco Nexus 9504

● 5.76 lb (2.6 kg)

● 95W

● 131W

● Cisco Nexus 9508

● 9.59 lb (4.4 kg)

● 176W

● 251W

● Cisco Nexus 9516

● 11.50 lb (5.2 kg)

● 330W

● 504W

● SUP-A

● 4.84 lb (2.2 kg)

● 69W

● 80W

● SUP-B

● 6.00 lb (2.72 kg)

● 75W

● 90W

Fabric modules (6 maximum)

Supervisor (2 maximum)

System controller (2 maximum)

1.91 lb (0.9 kg)

13W

25W

Cisco Nexus X9636PQ: 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line
card

11.48 lb (5.2 kg)

260W

400W

Cisco Nexus X9536PQ: 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line
card

11.99 lb (5.44 kg)

360W

400W

Cisco Nexus X9564TX: 48-port 1/10GBASE-T and 4-port 40
Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

12.58 lb (5.7 kg)

450W

540W

Cisco Nexus X9564PX: 48-port 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ and
4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

11.48 lb (5.2 kg)

300W

400W

Cisco Nexus X9408PC-CFP2: 8-port 100 Gigabit Ethernet CFP2
line card

13.05 lb (5.92 Kg)

310W

432W

Cisco Nexus X9432PQ: 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line
card

10.85 lb (4.92 kg)

240W

300W

Cisco Nexus X9464TX: 48-port 1/10GBASE-T and 4-port 40
Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

10.01 lb (4.54 kg)

160W

240W

Cisco Nexus X9464PX: 48-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+/SFP
and 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

10.76 lb (4.88 kg)

300W

360W

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Mean Time between Failure (MTBF) Information
Table 10 lists the MTBF information for the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform.
Table 10.

MTBF Information

Component

MTBF

Chassis
● Cisco Nexus 9504 chassis

● 1,038,080

● Cisco Nexus 9508 chassis

● 928,910

● Cisco Nexus 9516 chassis

● 680,000

Power Supply
● N9K-PAC-3000W-B

● 287,097

● N9K-PUV-3000W-B

● 324,000

Fan trays (3 maximum)
● Cisco Nexus 9504

● 8,900,530

● Cisco Nexus 9508

● 2,702,700

● Cisco Nexus 9516

● 1,822,650

Fabric modules (6 maximum)
● Cisco Nexus 9504

● 817,120

● Cisco Nexus 9508

● 797,010

● Cisco Nexus 9516

● 558,730

Supervisor (2 maximum)
● SUP-A

● 312,070

● SUP-B

● 292,110

System controller (2 maximum)

1,108,240

Cisco Nexus X9636PQ: 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

681,740

Cisco Nexus X9536PQ: 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

551,400

Cisco Nexus X9564TX: 48-port 1/10GBASE-T and 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

393,420

Cisco Nexus X9564PX: 48-port 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ and 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line
card

462,510

Cisco Nexus X9408PC-CFP2: 8-port 100 Gigabit Ethernet CFP2 line card

362,180

Cisco Nexus X9432PQ: 36-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

789,550

Cisco Nexus X9464TX: 48-port 1/10GBASE-T and 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

504,520

Cisco Nexus X9464PX: 48-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+/SFP and 4-port 40 Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+
line card

619,650

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Regulatory Standards Compliance
Table 11 summarizes regulatory standards compliance for the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform.
Table 11.

Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC

Specification

Description

Regulatory compliance

Products should comply with CE Markings according to directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC
● UL 60950-1 Second Edition

Safety

● CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 60950-1 Second Edition
● EN 60950-1 Second Edition
● IEC 60950-1 Second Edition
● AS/NZS 60950-1
● GB4943
EMC: Emissions

● 47CFR Part 15 (CFR 47) Class A
● AS/NZS CISPR22 Class A
● CISPR22 Class A
● EN55022 Class A
● ICES003 Class A
● VCCI Class A
● EN61000-3-2
● EN61000-3-3
● KN22 Class A
● CNS13438 Class A

EMC: Immunity

● EN55024
● CISPR24
● EN300386
● KN 61000-4 series

RoHS

The product is RoHS-6 compliant with exceptions for leaded-ball grid-array (BGA) balls and lead press-fit connectors.

Ordering Information
Table 12 shows ordering information for the Cisco Nexus 9500 platform.
Table 12.

Ordering Information

Part Number

Product Description

Hardware
N9K-C9504-B1

Nexus 9504 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 3 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9504-B2

Nexus 9504 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 6 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9504-B3

Nexus 9504 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 4 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9508-B1

Nexus 9508 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 3 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9508-B2

Nexus 9508 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 6 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9508-B3

Nexus 9508 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 4 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9516-B1

Nexus 9516 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 3 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9516-B2

Nexus 9516 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 6 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9516-B3

Nexus 9516 Chassis Bundle with 1 Sup, 3 PS, 2 SC, 3 Fan Trays, 4 Fabric Modules

N9K-C9504

Nexus 9504 Chassis with 4 linecard slots

N9K-C9508

Nexus 9508 Chassis with 8 linecard slots

N9K-C9516

Nexus 9516 Chassis with 16 linecard slots

N9K-X9636PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 36p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (non-blocking) for 4 and 8 slot chassis

N9K-X9536PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 36p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (1.5:1 Oversubscribed) for 4,8 and 16 slot chassis

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Part Number

Product Description

N9K-X9564TX

Nexus 9500, 48p 1/10G-T plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking) for 4,8 and 16 slot chassis

N9K-X9564PX

Nexus 9500 48p 1/10G SFP+ (non-blocking) plus 4p QSFP linecard for 4,8 and 16 slot chassis

N9K-X9408PC-CFP2

Nexus 9500 linecard, 8p 100G CFP2 aggregation linecard (Linerate >200 Bytes) for 4,8 and 16 slot chassis

N9K-X9432PQ

Nexus 9500 linecard, 32p 40G QSFP aggregation linecard (Linerate >200 Bytes) for 4,8 and 16 slot chassis

N9K-X9464TX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G-T plus 4p QSFP linecard (non-blocking) for 4,8 and 16 slot chassis

N9K-X9464PX

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G SFP+ (non-blocking) plus 4p QSFP linecard for 4,8 and 16 slot chassis

N9K-X9464PX-48

Nexus 9500 linecard, 48p 1/10G SFP+ linecard (non-blocking) with 48p SFP+ USR optics for 4,8 and 16 slot chassis

N9K-SUP-A

Nexus 9500 4-Core Supervisor

N9K-SUP-B

Nexus 9500 6-Core Supervisor

N9K-SC-A

Nexus 9500 System Controller

N9K-PAC-3000W-B

Nexus 9500 3000W AC PS, Port Side Intake

N9K-PUV-3000W-B

Nexus 9500 3000W Universal AC/DC PS, Port Side Intake

N9K-C9504-FM

Fabric Module for Nexus 9504 chassis

N9K-C9508-FM

Fabric Module for Nexus 9508 chassis

N9K-C9516-FM

Fabric Module for Nexus 9516 chassis

N9K-C9504-FAN

Fan Tray for Nexus 9504 chassis

N9K-C9508-FAN

Fan Tray for Nexus 9508 chassis

N9K-C9516-FAN

Fan Tray for Nexus 9516 chassis

Software
N95-LAN1K9

Enhanced L3 including full OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, VXLAN

DCNM-LAN-N95-K9

DCNM license for Nexus 9500 Series

Accessories
N9K-C9500-RMK=

Nexus 9500 Rack Mount Kit for Nexus 9508 and Nexus 9516 chassis

N9K-C9504-RMK=

Nexus 9500 Rack Mount Kit for Nexus 9504

N9K-C9500-ACK=

Nexus 9500 Accessory Kit

Warranty
The Cisco Nexus 9500 platform has a 1-year limited hardware warranty. The warranty includes hardware
replacement with a 10-day turnaround from receipt of a return materials authorization (RMA).

Service and Support
Cisco offers a wide range of services to help accelerate your success in deploying and optimizing the Cisco Nexus
9500 platform in your data center. These innovative Cisco Services offerings are delivered through a unique
combination of people, processes, tools, and partners and are focused on helping you increase operational
efficiency and improve your data center network. Cisco Advanced Services uses an architecture-led approach to
help you align your data center infrastructure with your business goals and achieve long-term value. Cisco
SMARTnet® Service helps you resolve mission-critical problems with direct access at any time to Cisco network
experts and award-winning resources. With this service, you can take advantage of the Cisco Smart Call Home
service, which offers proactive diagnostics and real-time alerts on your Cisco Nexus 9500 platform. Spanning the
entire network lifecycle, Cisco Services offerings help increase investment protection, optimize network operations,
support migration operations, and strengthen your IT expertise.

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For More Information
For more information about the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series, please visit http://www.cisco.com/go/nexus9000.

Printed in USA

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