Data Sheet

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches (Cisco Nexus 5548, Cisco Nexus 5596 Switches)
Latest Additions to the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches Product Overview
Today’s data centers are increasingly filled with dense rack-mount and blade servers that host powerful multicore processors. The rapid increase in in-rack computing density and the increasing use of virtualization software combine to accelerate the demand for 10 Gigabit Ethernet and consolidated I/O: applications for which the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches are an excellent match. With low latency, front-to-back cooling, and rear-facing data ports, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series is designed for a broad range of physical, virtual, storage access, and highperformance computing environments, thus giving customers the flexibility to meet and scale their data center requirements in a gradual manner and at a pace that aligns with their business objectives. The switch series, using cut-through architecture, supports line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet on all ports while maintaining consistently low latency independent of packet size and services enabled. It supports a set of network technologies known collectively as Data Center Bridging (DCB) that increases the reliability, efficiency, and scalability of Ethernet networks. These features allow the switches to support multiple traffic classes over a lossless Ethernet fabric, thus enabling consolidation of LAN, SAN, and cluster environments. Its ability to connect Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to native Fibre Channel protects existing storage system investments while dramatically simplifying in-rack cabling. In addition to supporting standard 10 Gigabit Ethernet network interface cards (NICs) on servers, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series integrates with multifunction adapters called converged network adapters (CNAs) that combine the functions of Ethernet NICs and Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), making the transition to a single, unified network fabric transparent and consistent with existing practices, management software, and OS drivers. The switch series is compatible with integrated transceivers and Twinax cabling solutions that deliver cost-effective connectivity for 10 Gigabit Ethernet to servers at the rack level, eliminating the need for expensive optical transceivers. The Cisco Nexus 5000 Series is designed for data center environments with cut-through technology that enables consistent low-latency Ethernet solutions, with front-to-back cooling, and with data ports in the rear, bringing switching into close proximity with servers and making cable runs short and simple. The switch series is highly serviceable, with redundant, hot-pluggable power supplies and fan modules. It uses data center-class Cisco NX-OS Software for high reliability and ease of management.
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Cisco Nexus 5500 Platform Overview
In a constantly changing business environment, companies are calling upon their IT departments to help them reduce costs, improve productivity, and introduce new ways to interact with their customer base. The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform extends the industry-leading versatility of the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches of purpose-built 10 Gigabit Ethernet data center-class switches and provides innovative advances toward higher density, lower latency, and multilayer services. The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform is well suited for enterprise-class data center server access-layer deployments across a diverse set of physical, virtual, storage-access, and highperformance computing (HPC) data center environments.

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Data Sheet

Cisco Nexus 5548P Switch
The Cisco Nexus 5548P Switch (Figure 1) is the first of the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switches. It is a one-rack-unit (1RU) 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE switch offering up to 960-Gbps throughput and up to 48 ports. The switch has 32 1/10-Gbps fixed Enhanced Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP+) Ethernet and FCoE ports and one expansion slot.
Figure 1. Cisco Nexus 5548P Switch

Expansion Module Options for the Cisco Nexus 5548P
The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform is equipped with expansion modules that can be used to increase the number of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports or to connect to Fibre Channel SANs with 8/4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel switch ports, or both. The Cisco Nexus 5548P supports the addition of one expansion module from the following three offerings (Figure 2):
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Ethernet module that provides sixteen 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports using the SFP+ interface Fibre Channel plus Ethernet module that provides eight 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports using the SFP+ interface, and eight ports of 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel connectivity using the SFP+/SFP interface

A unified port module that provides up to sixteen 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports using the SFP+ interface or up to 16 ports of 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel connectivity using the SFP+/SFP interface. The use of 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 8/4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel on a port is mutually exclusive but selectable for any of the 16 physical ports per module.

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From Left to Right: 16-Port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE Module, 8-Port Fibre Channel plus 8-Port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE Module, and Unified Port Module

In addition to these expansion modules, the Cisco Nexus 5548P supports a Layer 3 daughter card that can be ordered with the system or as a spare (field upgradable). This daughter card provides up to 160 Gbps of Layer 3 forwarding capability (240 million packets per second [mpps]) that can be shared by all 48 ports in the chassis. As shown in Figure 3, the Layer 3 daughter card does not take up one of the expansion slots on the rear of the chassis, but instead is installed by replacing the I/O module that is located on the front of the chassis.
Figure 3. Layer 3 Daughter Card on the Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switch

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This document is Cisco Public Information. Fibre Channel. Note that the Layer 3 daughter card does not take up one of the expansion slots on the rear of the chassis. Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch The Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch (Figure 5) is a 2RU 10 Gigabit Ethernet. This daughter card provides up to 160 Gbps of Layer 3 forwarding capability (240 mpps) that can be shared by all 48 ports in the chassis. Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch Configured with Three 16-Port Expansion Modules © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. Figure 5. Figure 4. but instead is installed by replacing the I/O module that is located on the front of the chassis. and FCoE switch offering up to 960 Gbps of throughput and up to 48 ports. Page 3 of 24 . Fibre Channel. From Left to Right: 16-Port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE Module. and FCoE switch offering up to 1920 Gbps of throughput and up to 96 ports. the Cisco Nexus 5548UP supports a Layer 3 daughter card that can be ordered with the system or as a spare (field upgradable). The use of 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 8/4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel on a port is mutually exclusive but selectable for any of the 16 physical ports per module. The switch has 32 unified ports and one expansion slot. 8-Port Fibre Channel plus 8-Port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE Module. and Unified Port Module In addition to these expansion modules. All rights reserved. and eight ports of 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel connectivity using the SFP+/SFP interface ● A unified port module that provides up to sixteen 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports using the SFP+ interface or up to 16 ports of 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel connectivity using the SFP+/SFP interface. or both. Expansion Module Options for the Cisco Nexus 5548UP The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform is equipped with expansion modules that can be used to increase the number of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports or to connect to Fibre Channel SANs with 8/4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel switch ports. The switch has 48 unified ports and three expansion slots. The Cisco Nexus 5548UP supports one expansion module from the following offerings (Figure 4): ● ● Ethernet module that provides sixteen 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports using the SFP+ interface Fibre Channel plus Ethernet module that provides eight 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports using the SFP+ interface.Data Sheet Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switch The Cisco Nexus 5548UP is a 1RU 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

or both. rack. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 4 of 24 . The Cisco Nexus 5596UP supports three expansion modules from the following offerings (Figure 6): ● ● Ethernet module that provides sixteen 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports using the SFP+ interface Fibre Channel plus Ethernet module that provides eight 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports using the SFP+ interface. and Layer 3 Module Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders comprise a category of data center products that provide a universal server-access platform that scales across a multitude of 1 Gigabit Ethernet. making it easy to incorporate into rack designs (Figure 7). the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders offer a cost-effective and efficient way to support today’s Gigabit Ethernet environments while allowing easy migration to 10 Gigabit Ethernet. Working in conjunction with Cisco Nexus switches. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders: Cisco Nexus 2148T (Bottom Left). The use of 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 8/4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel on a port is mutually exclusive but selectable for any of the 16 physical ports per module. It offers front-to-back cooling. Figure 7. placement of all switch ports at the rear of the unit in close proximity to server ports. Its compact 1RU form factor takes up relatively little space. The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders are designed to simplify data center architecture and operations by meeting the business and application needs of a data center. compatibility with data center hot-aisle and cold-aisle designs. and blade server environments. The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series is built for nonstop operation. unified fabric. All rights reserved. 10 Gigabit Ethernet.Data Sheet Expansion Module Options for the Cisco Nexus 5596UP Switch The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform is equipped with expansion modules that can be used to increase the number of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports or to connect to Fibre Channel SANs with 8/4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel switch ports. ● A Layer 3 module provides up to 160 Gbps of Layer 3 forwarding capability (240 mpps) that can be shared by all the I/O ports in the chassis Figure 6. The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series design is aligned with the design of servers. and accessibility of all user-serviceable components from the front panel. Cisco Nexus 2248TP GE (Top Right) and Cisco Nexus 2232PP 10GE (Bottom Right) © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. with redundant hot-swappable power supplies and a hot-swappable fan tray with redundant fans. From Left to Right: 16-Port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE Module. and eight ports of 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel connectivity using the SFP+/SFP interface ● A unified port module that provides up to sixteen 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports using the SFP+ interface or up to sixteen ports of 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel connectivity using the SFP+ and SFP interface. Unified Port Module. 8-Port Fibre Channel plus 8-Port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE Module. virtual machineaware Cisco unified fabric technologies.

and the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switch can reside in the middle or at the end of the row ● Mixed 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet environments in which rack servers are running at both speeds in the same rack or in separate racks ● 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE deployments. access-layer redundancy is achieved through redundant server connections to two upstream Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switches using Cisco virtual PortChannel (vPC) technology or server NIC teaming to two Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders. SAN. thus enabling consolidation of LAN. and scalability of Ethernet networks. servers with CNAs for unified fabric environments with the Cisco Nexus 2232PP ● Server racks with integrated lights-out (iLO) management. ● Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders dual-connected to two upstream Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switches (using vPC): In this deployment scenario.Data Sheet The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series provides two types of ports: ports for end-host attachment (host interfaces) and uplink ports (fabric interfaces). 100 Megabit Ethernet or 1 Gigabit Ethernet management and iLO interfaces ● ● 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet blade servers with pass-through blades Virtualized access The Cisco Nexus 2000 Series can be used in conjunction with the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform in two main design scenarios: ● Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders single-connected to one upstream Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switch: In this deployment scenario. It supports FCoE and DCB. The Cisco Nexus 2232PP provides ease of migration from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet while supporting highly scalable 10 Gigabit environments. Table 1 lists the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders. The Cisco Nexus 2232PP 10GE Fabric Extender is an excellent platform for migration from 1 Gigabit Ethernet to 10 Gigabit Ethernet and unified fabric environments. access-layer redundancy is achieved through a combination of Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders dual-connected to an upstream parent switch and server NIC teaming. Page 5 of 24 . All rights reserved. Fabric Interfaces are differentiated with a yellow color for connectivity to the upstream parent Cisco Nexus switch. the fabric extender can be physically located at the top of the rack. which increases the reliability. © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. This document is Cisco Public Information. Fabric extenders can be mixed and matched to a parent switch to provide connectivity options. Cisco Nexus 2000 Series and Cisco Nexus 5500 Platform Deployment Scenarios The fabric extenders can be used in the following deployment scenarios: ● Rack servers with 1 or 10 Gigabit Ethernet NICs. Description Cisco Nexus 2148T Cisco Nexus 2224TP Cisco Nexus 2248TP Cisco Nexus 2232PP Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Specifications Specification 48 1000BASE-T host interfaces and 4 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces (SFP+) 24 100/1000BASE-T host interfaces and 2 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces (SFP+) 48 100/1000BASE-T host interfaces and 4 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric interfaces (SFP+) 32 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE host interfaces (SFP+) and 8 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE fabric interfaces (SFP+) The Cisco Nexus 2224TP and 2248TP provide port density options for highly scalable 100-Mbps and 1 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. efficiency. These features allow the switches to support multiple traffic classes over a lossless Ethernet fabric. and cluster environments. Table 1.

LC (for Fibre Channel expansion module ports) 4-Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP. the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform supports SFP+ direct-attach 10 Gigabit Ethernet copper. and optical cabling for longer cable runs (Table 3). ● For longer cable runs. extended temperature range and DOM 4-Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP. Page 6 of 24 . 8/4/2 -Gbps Fibre Channel SFP+ and 4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel SFP interfaces are supported with expansion module options. extended temperature range and digital optical monitoring (DOM) Gigabit Ethernet SFP. LC connector SX transceiver (MMF) Gigabit Ethernet SFP. This document is Cisco Public Information.25 microsecond of latency per link. LC connector SX transceiver (MMF). SFP+ direct-attach 10 Gigabit Twinax copper cables use only 0. In addition. LC (for Fibre Channel expansion module ports) 8-Gbps Fibre Channel LW SFP+. Table 2.1 watt (W) of power per transceiver and introduce only approximately 0. All rights reserved. the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform supports 1 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options using 1GBASE SFP modules.1 microsecond. the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform supports multimode. LC (for Fibre Channel expansion module ports) 8-Gbps Fibre Channel SW SFP+. low-cost. These optical transceivers use approximately 1W per transceiver and have a latency of less than 0. Table 2 lists the supported transceiver options. LC (for Fibre Channel expansion module ports) The high bandwidth of 10 Gigabit Ethernet poses challenges to transmissions that are met by the transceiver and cabling options supported by the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform.Data Sheet Efficient Transceiver and Cabling Options The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform supports a wide variety of 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options using Cisco 10GBASE SFP+ modules. ● For in-rack or adjacent-rack cabling. an innovative solution that integrates transceivers with Twinax cables into an energyefficient. short-reach optical SFP+ transceivers. LC connector LX/LH transceiver (SMF). The platform supports an innovative Twinax copper cabling solution that connects to standard SFP+ connectors for in-rack use. extended temperature range Gigabit Ethernet SFP. LC connector LX/LH transceiver (SMF) 1000BASE-T SFP. and low-latency solution. Cisco SFP FET-10G Cisco SFP-10G-SR Cisco SFP-10G-LR Cisco SFP-H10GB-CU1M Cisco SFP-H10GB-CU3M Cisco SFP-H10GB-CU5M Cisco SFP-H10GB-ACU7M Cisco SFP-H10GB-ACU10M Cisco GLC-T Cisco GLC-SX-MM Cisco GLC-LH-SM Cisco SFP-GE-T Cisco SFP-GE-S Cisco SFP-GE-L Cisco DS-SFP-FC4G-SW Cisco DS-SFP-FC4G-LW Cisco DS-SFP-FC8G-SW Cisco DS-SFP-FC8G-LW Cisco Nexus 5500 Platform Transceiver Support Matrix Description 10-Gbps SFP+ module for Cisco Nexus 2000 Series to Cisco Nexus 5000 Series connectivity 10GBASE-SR SFP+ module (multimode fiber [MMF]) 10GBASE-LR SFP+ module (single-mode fiber [SMF]) 10GBASE-CU SFP+ cable 1m (Twinax cable) 10GBASE-CU SFP+ cable 3m (Twinax cable) 10GBASE-CU SFP+ cable 5m (Twinax cable) 10GBASE-CU SFP+ cable 7m (active Twinax cable) 10GBASE-CU SFP+ cable 10m (active Twinax cable) 1000BASE-T SFP Gigabit Ethernet SFP. © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates.

The combination of higher port density. ● DCB enables Ethernet fabrics to support lossless transmission to increase network scalability. DCB features are summarized in Table 4 and supported by the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform. Front-to-back cooling is consistent with server designs. supporting efficient data center hotand cold-aisle designs. or end-of-row data center access-layer applications. middle-of-row. Hot-swappable power and fan modules can be accessed from the front panel. etc. high-performance. where status lights offer an at-a-glance view of switch operation. All rights reserved. and optimize performance. This document is Cisco Public Information. close to server ports. protecting enterprises’ investments. Ports and power connections are at the rear. delivering benefits traditionally offered on blade servers to rack servers as well. Feature DCB Features and Benefits Business Benefit ● Simplifies management of multiple traffic flows over a single network link ● Creates lossless behavior for Ethernet by allowing class-of-service (CoS)-based flow control Enables consistent management of quality of service (QoS) at the network level by providing consistent scheduling of different traffic types (IP. lossless Ethernet. The platform switches protect investments in data center racks with standards-based 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE features and virtual machineawareness features that allow IT departments to consolidate networks based on their own requirements and timing.5W Transceiver Latency (Link) Approximately 0. helping keep cable lengths as short and efficient as possible. Serviceability is enhanced with all customer-replaceable units accessible from the front panel.8 nanoseconds Approximately 0 microseconds Standard SFF 8431 SFF 8461 Connector (Media) SFP+ CU copper SFP+ ACU copper SFP+ SR MMF and SR MM OM2 MM OM3 82m 300m 1W IEEE 802. and very low latency makes the switch platform well suited for meeting the growing demand for 10 Gigabit Ethernet that can support a common Ethernet-based fabric in enterprise and service provider data centers.1W Approximately 0.3ae Features and Benefits The comprehensive feature sets of the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform make it well suited for top-of-rack. Although SAN consolidation requires only the lossless fabric provided by the Ethernet Pause mechanism.1 microsecond Approximately 6. wire-speed performance. It is a straightforward encapsulation of Fibre Channel within Ethernet that preserves existing Fibre Channel network management models and tools. Table 4.) Simplifies network deployment and reduces configuration errors by providing autonegotiation of DCB features between the NIC and the switch and between switches Priority Flow Control (PFC) Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS) Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX) Protocol ● FCoE is a standards-based upper-layer protocol that maps the Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) and services onto Layer 2 Ethernet. including copper Twinax cable for short runs and fiber for long runs. and Optical Solutions for Longer Connections Cable Twinax Active Twinax Distance 5m 7m 10m Power (Each Side) Approximately 0. ● Built for today’s data centers. the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform provides additional features that create an even more easily managed. storage. The switch platform provides sufficient port density to support single and multiple racks fully populated with blade and rack-mount servers. support I/O consolidation. enabling use of a range of interconnect solutions.Data Sheet Table 3. Page 7 of 24 . The use of SFP+ ports offers increased flexibility. ease management of multiple traffic flows. The Cisco Nexus 5500 Platform Supports SFP+ Direct-Attach 10 Gigabit Copper for In-Rack Cabling. helping protect investments in software and staff training. © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. unified network fabric. the switches are designed just like the servers they support.

The switch platform’s network features can be managed using the Cisco command-line interface (CLI). Page 8 of 24 . protecting current investments in storage networks. Additionally. consolidating 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections into a smaller number of server connections trunked to the aggregation layer. and continuous operation even through software upgrades. the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform attaches to directly connected FCoE and Fibre Channel storage devices and supports multi-tiered unified network fabric connect directly over FCoE. cables. and cooling parameters while reducing their carbon footprints. SAN. The switch power supplies are sized to support worst-case scenarios. making efficient use of power in best-case scenarios. Unified ports give the user flexibility in choosing SAN and LAN port options consistent with the virtualized data center and offer a migration path to FCoE for those users not yet ready to make the move from native Fibre Channel. and upstream switches needed. facilitating wire-once strategies in which all servers become capable of SAN connection. ● Consistent management for Cisco products is provided through the consistency of both the Cisco NX-OS Software and Cisco MDS 9000 Software management models and tools. server cluster networks also can be consolidated onto 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks. especially given the low latency of the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform. the switch platform’s power supplies maintain 90 percent efficiency at only 25 percent utilization. and RADIUS servers. authorization. I/O consolidation reduces energy consumption by eliminating the need for separate Fibre Channel adapters. Applications The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform supports a number of application scenarios. and the Fibre Channel and FCoE features can be managed through the Cisco Fabric Manager suite. The capability to manage Ethernet and FCoE features independently with existing Cisco tools preserves existing management models. pervasive security. The switch hardware is also designed for energy efficiency. or 8/4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel. Variable-speed fans consume only the amount of power necessary to cool the chassis at that specific point in time. and cluster) typically is consolidated onto two Ethernet links. The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform also connects to existing native Fibre Channel networks. and the Cisco CLI are made available to customers for switch management through third-party and customdeveloped tools. ● Energy efficiency achieved through the use of the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform helps data centers operate within their space. when low-power cabling solutions are deployed. Security is enhanced through role-based access control (RBAC). all of which consume power. switches. making the switches a versatile data center option: ● As access-layer switches. however. Every network link at the rack level requires adapters. and investments in staff training. In many cases. All I/O (LAN. The switch platform uses Cisco NX-OS for superior operating efficiency. cables. ● Unified ports allow any capable port to take on the character of 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet. All rights reserved. and switches. power. Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) MIBs. and transceivers. In addition. in which inefficient SFP+ transceivers increase power draw. SAN and LAN shared on 10 Gigabit Ethernet. best practices. and accounting (AAA). © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. ● Software manageability and serviceability features include Smart Call Home and automated parameter exchange (through DCBX). support for authentication. they can be used purely as 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches. and Secure Shell (SSH) access. Unified fabric reduces capital and operating costs by reducing the number of server adapters. Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) also supports the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform. This document is Cisco Public Information. A standard and uniform approach to I/O enhances server and storage consolidation strategies. DCB and FCoE enable the incorporation of Fibre Channel frames into a unified fabric.Data Sheet ● Cisco unified fabric consolidates all data center I/O onto Layer 2 Ethernet. XML. remote TACACS+.

the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform can be used as a high-density 10 Gigabit Ethernet switching system. performance. Page 9 of 24 . and rear data-port configuration that make it well suited for aggregating a large number of 10 Gigabit Ethernet links either from servers or from other access-layer switches. allowing IT departments to deploy them in parallel with existing Fibre Channel SANs. ● As a crucial element in data center I/O consolidation. lossless. The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform can also be purchased with only the Ethernet capabilities enabled. Figure 8 shows an active-active pair of Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switches cross-connected to redundant Ethernet NICs in servers. the switches enable I/O consolidation at the access layer and provide interoperability between the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform and other standards-based products. 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Access-Layer Switch The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform is designed with the density. © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. consolidating more than 900 Gigabit Ethernet connections in a single management plane. All rights reserved. and Small Computer System Interface over IP (iSCSI) SAN support. the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform can be used as a high-density 1 Gigabit Ethernet switching system. customers can combine their traffic over a consolidated. virtual machine mobility applications. consolidating more than 600 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections in a single management plane. This document is Cisco Public Information. and carry Fibre Channel traffic to existing Fibre Channel SANs. low-latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric.Data Sheet ● In conjunction with the Cisco Nexus 2248TP GE Ethernet Fabric Extender. ● In conjunction with the Cisco Nexus 2232PP 10GE Fabric Extender. The capability of the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform to function in all these capacities helps protect investment in the data center with a deployment model in which additional features can be enabled as they are needed. the switches carry Ethernet traffic from servers to the aggregation layer. The switch port density allows each switch to support a single rack or neighboring racks using the SFP+ direct-attach 10 Gigabit copper cabling option. Instead of using multiple 1 Gigabit Ethernet connections to servers for LAN. front-to-back cooling. ● As a rack-level I/O consolidation platform. access-layer switch in parallel with existing Fibre Channel SANs. The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform can be deployed as a top-of-tack.

Active-Active Pair of Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches Connected to Redundant Servers Unified Access Architecture One deployment scenario involves equipping each data center rack with two Cisco Nexus 2248 GE Fabric Extenders or with two Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extenders. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 10 of 24 . © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates.Data Sheet Figure 8. Assuming that these servers are dual-homed. Up to 48 servers can connect to each 1 Gigabit Ethernet fabric extender. connected to two upstream Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switches (Figure 9). and up to 32 servers can connect to each 10 Gigabit Ethernet fabric extender. All rights reserved. a pair of Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switches can connect up to 1152 1 Gigabit Ethernet servers (24 N2248) or up to 768 10 Gigabit Ethernet servers (24 N2232).

The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform is compatible with third-party I/O CNAs that present separate Ethernet NICs and Fibre Channel HBAs to the server operating system. This approach allows existing drivers and Fibre Channel management software to work transparently with FCoE. SAN. Cisco Nexus 5500 platform can also be connected to upstream FCoE-capable switches through industry-standard VE-port Inter-Switch Links (ISLs). expansion modules support direct connections from the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform to existing native Fibre Channel SANs using dedicated native Fibre Channel ports (Figure 10). All rights reserved. saving the capital and operating expenses associated with deployment of multiple parallel networks. switching infrastructure. Upstream. and server cluster .LAN. © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates.Data Sheet Figure 9. This document is Cisco Public Information. Sample Unified Access Deployment Scenario Supporting Up to 1152 1 Gigabit Ethernet Servers or Up to 768 10 Gigabit Ethernet Servers with a Single Pair of Access-Layer Switches and a Single Point of Management Unified Fabric with FCoE: I/O Consolidation The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform consolidates multiple networks . and cabling. Page 11 of 24 .on a single unified fabric.

and FCoE frames. Product Architecture The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform is built around two custom components: a unified crossbar fabric and a unified port controller application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). This document is Cisco Public Information. FCoE is Fibre Channel and. native Fibre Channel direct attachment to storage systems. The unified crossbar fabric ASIC is a single-stage. On the uplinks to the network.Data Sheet Figure 10. Fibre Channel and FCoE can exist simultaneously in the Fibre Channel network. © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. allowing customers to continue to use their existing administration and management tools. FCoE connection to FCoE-capable switches. Cisco Fabric Manager SAN management software manages Fibre Channel and FCoE flows over both FCoE. and management. Fibre Channel. The unified crossbar fabric offers superior performance by implementing QoSaware scheduling for unicast and multicast traffic.and Fibre Channel-capable ports. has familiar methods of configuration. A Pair of Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches in an Active-Active Configuration with Native Fibre Channel Connections to Two Storage Networks Investment Protection with FCoE Unified Fabric The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform supports consolidated I/O using FCoE on downlinks to servers. as such. and native Fibre Channel connection to existing SANs. Page 12 of 24 . Each Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switch contains a single unified crossbar fabric ASIC and multiple unified port controllers to support fixed ports and expansion modules within the switch. lossless fabric for ingress interfaces requesting access to egress interfaces. operation. All rights reserved. The unified port controller provides an interface between the unified crossbar fabric ASIC and the network media adapter and makes forwarding decisions for Ethernet. the tight integration of the unified crossbar fabric with the unified port controllers helps ensure low-latency. Moreover. customers can choose among FCoE direct attachment to storage systems. nonblocking crossbar fabric capable of meshing all ports at wire speed. The ASIC supports the overall cut-through design of the switch by transmitting packets to the unified crossbar fabric before the entire payload has been received.

including the LAN. Smart Call Home: The Smart Call Home feature continuously monitors hardware and software components to provide email-based notification of critical system events. to directly page a network support engineer. Cisco NX-OS provides state-of-the-art implementations of relevant networking standards as well as a variety of true data centerclass Cisco innovations. enhancements. ◦ ◦ © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates.0 interoperates with Cisco products running any variant of the Cisco IOS Software operating system. for example. and problem fixes to be integrated into the software quickly. processes are started and system resources allocated only when a feature is enabled. standard email. With an XML interface and a CLI like that of Cisco IOS Software. Thus. and employ Cisco Auto-Notify services to directly generate a case with the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC). This feature is a step toward autonomous system operation. Cisco NX-OS modular processes are instantiated on demand. The self-healing and highly modular design of Cisco NX-OS makes zero-impact operations a reality and enables exceptional operational flexibility. each in a separate protected memory space. reducing time to resolution and increasing system uptime.Data Sheet Cisco NX-OS Software Overview Cisco NX-OS is a data centerclass operating system built with modularity. All rights reserved. The modular processes are governed by a real-time preemptive scheduler that helps ensure the timely processing of critical functions. continuous monitoring. enhancing network planning and improving network operations center (NOC) and vendor response times.0 also interoperates with any networking OS that conforms to the networking standards listed as supported in this data sheet. critical in today’s continuously operating environments. ● Quick development of enhancements and problem fixes: The modularity of Cisco NX-OS allows new features. SAN. Based on the industry-proven Cisco MDS 9000 SAN-OS Software. This industry-leading diagnostics subsystem allows rapid fault isolation and continuous system monitoring. tested. resiliency. and serviceability at its foundation. Boot-time diagnostics. This document is Cisco Public Information. Computationally intensive tasks. and on-demand and scheduled tests are part of the Cisco GOLD feature set. Cisco NX-OS helps ensure continuous availability and sets the standard for mission-critical data center environments. Cisco NX-OS provides a robust and comprehensive feature set that fulfills the Ethernet and storage networking requirements of present and future data centers. and delivered in a short time span. A versatile range of message formats is available for optimal compatibility with pager services. ● Troubleshooting and diagnostics: Cisco NX-OS is built with unique serviceability functions to enable network operators to take early action based on network trends and events. such as hardware table programming. and Layer 4 to 7 network services. Cisco GOLD: Cisco GOLD is a suite of diagnostic facilities to verify that hardware and internal data paths are operating as designed. multicore CPUs. Thus. ● Modular software design: Cisco NX-OS is designed to support distributed multithreaded processing on symmetric multiprocessors (SMPs). and distributed line-card processors. modular fixes can be developed. It can be used. Cisco NX-OS Software Features and Benefits ● ® Software compatibility: Cisco NX-OS Software Release 5. send an email message to a NOC. Smart Call Home and Cisco Generic Online Diagnostics (GOLD) are some of the features that enhance the serviceability of Cisco NX-OS. can be offloaded to dedicated processors distributed across the line cards. Focused on the requirements of the data center. This feature offers alert grouping capabilities and customizable destination profiles. enabling networking devices to inform IT when a problem occurs and helping ensure that the problem is acted on quickly. Cisco NX-OS 5. ● Common software throughout the data center: Cisco NX-OS simplifies the data center operating environment and provides a unified OS designed to run all areas of the data center network. and XML-based automated parsing applications. Page 13 of 24 .

3. Layer 3 performance of up to 160 Gbps or 240 mpps ● Cisco Nexus 5596UP: Layer 2 hardware forwarding at 1920 Gbps or 1428 mpps. and broadcast) ● Private VLANs ● Private VLAN over trunks (Isolated and Promiscuous) ● Private VLANs over vPC and EtherChannels Product Specifications © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. RBAC: With RBAC. Page 14 of 24 .000 ● Low-latency cut-through design that provides predictable. the Cisco NX-OS XML interface provides a consistent API for devices.3ad ● Advanced PortChannel hashing based on Layer 2. All rights reserved. An extensive collection of MIBs is supported. consistent traffic latency regardless of packet size.3x) ● Storm control (unicast. Performance ● Cisco Nexus 5548P and 5548UP: Layer 2 hardware forwarding at 960 Gbps or 714.24 mpps. Administrators can customize access and restrict it to the users who require it. v2. Layer 3 performance of up to 160 Gbps or 240 mpps ● MAC address table entries: 32. and 4 information ● Jumbo frames on all ports (up to 9216 bytes) ● Pause frames (IEEE 802. additional interfaces through one expansion module ● Cisco Nexus 5596UP: 48 fixed ports configurable as 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE or 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel. enabling rapid development and creation of tools to enhance the network. multicast.Data Sheet ● Programmatic XML interface: Based on the NETCONF industry standard.1w compatible) ● Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) (IEEE 802.1s): 64 instances ● Spanning Tree PortFast ● Spanning Tree root guard ● Spanning Tree Bridge Assurance ● Cisco EtherChannel technology (up to 16 ports per EtherChannel) ● Cisco vPC technology ● vPC configuration synchronization ● Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP): IEEE 802. and v3. Cisco NX-OS enables administrators to limit access to switch operations by assigning roles to users. Specifications Table 5 lists the specifications for the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform. one per system) ● Extension through the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Layer 2 Features ● Layer 2 switch ports and VLAN trunks ● IEEE 802.1Q VLAN encapsulation ● Support for up to 4096 VLANs ● Rapid Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus (PVRST+) (IEEE 802. ● ● SNMP: Cisco NX-OS complies with SNMPv1. This document is Cisco Public Information. or enabled features on 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces ● Line-rate traffic throughput on all ports Interfaces ● Cisco Nexus 5548P: 32 fixed 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ports. additional interfaces through up to three expansion modules ● Expansion modules ● 16-port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE module ● 8-port 8/4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel plus 8-port 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE module ● Unified port module consisting of 16 ports configurable as 8/4/2/1-Gbps Fibre Channel or 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE ● Layer 3 module (Cisco Nexus 5596UP only. additional interfaces through one expansion module ● Cisco Nexus 5548UP: 32 fixed ports configurable as 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE or 8/4/2/1-Gbps native Fibre Channel. Table 5. traffic pattern. one per system) ● Layer 3 daughter card (Cisco Nexus 5548P and 5548UP only.

and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) ● Hot-Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) ● ACL: Routed ACL with Layer 3 and 4 options to match ingress and egress ACL ● Multicast: Protocol Independent Multicast Version 2 (PIMv2) sparse mode. Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP). etc. OSPF-. and BGP-. RIP-. Page 15 of 24 . All rights reserved. etc. ● Standard and extended Layer 3 to 4 ACLs: IPv4 and v6. PortChannels. protocol type. 3. and 4) ● MQC CoS marking ● Per-port virtual output queuing ● CoS-based egress queuing ● Egress strict-priority queuing ● Egress port-based scheduling: Weighted Round-Robin (WRR) Security ● Ingress ACLs (standard and extended) on Ethernet and virtual Ethernet ports ● Standard and extended Layer 2 ACLs: MAC addresses. and expansion modules ● 1:1 power redundancy ● N:1 fan module redundancy Management ● Switch management using 10/100/1000-Mbps management or console ports ● CLI-based console to provide detailed out-of-band management ● In-band switch management ● Locator and beacon LEDs on Cisco Nexus 2000 Series ● Port-based locator and beacon LEDs ● Configuration synchronization ● Module preprovisioning © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. fan modules. Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP). and 3 (IGMP v2. Routing Information Protocol Version2 (RIPv2). VRF-aware unicast. subinterfaces. User Datagram Protocol (UDP). TCP. This document is Cisco Public Information. and v3) ● Virtual Route Forwarding (VRF): VRF-lite (IP VPN).Data Sheet Layer 3 Features ● Layer 3 interfaces: Routed ports on Cisco Nexus 5500 platform interfaces. ● VLAN-based ACLs (VACLs) ● Port-based ACLs (PACLs) ● Named ACLs ● ACL logging and statistics ● Optimized ACL distribution ● ACLs on virtual terminals (VTYs) ● Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) snooping with Option 82 ● Dynamic Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Inspection ● IP source guard ● DHCP relay High-Availability Features ● In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) for Layer 2 ● Hot-swappable field-replaceable power supplies. Source Specific Multicast (SSM). switch virtual interface (SVI). strict and loose modes ● Jumbo frame support (up to 9216 bytes) QoS ● Layer 2 IEEE 802. Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP). and PortChannel subinterfaces for a total of 4096 entries ● Support for up to 8000 prefixes and up to 8000 host entries ● Support for up to 2000 multicast routes ● Support for 1000 VRF entries ● Support for up to 4096 VLANs ● 16-way equal-cost multipathing (ECMP) ● 2000 ingress and 1000 egress access control list (ACL) entries ● Routing protocols: Static. and Internet Group Management Protocol Versions 2.1p (CoS) ● 8 hardware queues per port ● Per-port QoS configuration ● CoS trust ● Port-based CoS assignment ● Modular QoS CLI (MQC) compliance ● ACL-based QoS classification (Layers 2. and VRF-aware multicast ● Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRFP) with ACL. Open Shortest Path First Version 2 (OSPFv2).

and IEEE-compliant PFC (per-priority Pause frame support) ● PFC link distance support: 3000m ● CEE-compliant DCBX Protocol ● CEE. F. and VF ● F-port trunking ● F-port channeling ● Direct attachment of FCoE and Fibre Channel targets ● Up to 64 buffer credits per native Fibre Channel port ● Up to 32 VSANs per switch ● Fibre Channel (SAN) PortChannel ● Native Interop Mode 2 ● Native Interop Mode 3 ● VSAN trunking ● Fabric Device Management Interface (FDMI) ● Fibre Channel ID (FCID) persistence ● Distributed device alias services ● In-order delivery ● Port tracking ● Cisco N-Port Virtualization (NPV) technology ● N-port identifier virtualization (NPIV) © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. and Fibre Channel interfaces ● Ingress and egress packet counters per interface ● Network Time Protocol (NTP) ● Cisco GOLD ● Comprehensive bootup diagnostic tests ● Call Home ● Smart Call Home ● Cisco Fabric Manager ● Cisco DCNM ● CiscoWorks LAN Management Solution (LMS) Data Center Bridging ● CEE. TE.Data Sheet ● Configuration rollback ● Secure Shell Version 2 (SSHv2) ● Telnet ● AAA ● AAA with RBAC ● RADIUS ● TACACS+ ● Syslog ● Embedded packet analyzer ● SNMPv1. v2. VLAN. All rights reserved. and v3 ● Enhanced SNMP MIB support ● XML (NETCONF) support ● Remote monitoring (RMON) ● Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for management traffic ● Unified username and passwords across CLI and SNMP ● Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (MS-CHAP) ● Digital certificates for management between switch and RADIUS server ● Cisco Discovery Protocol Versions 1 and 2 ● RBAC ● Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN) on physical.and IEEE-compliant Enhanced Transmission Selection Fibre Channel and FCoE Features (Requires Storage Services License) ● T11 standards-compliant FCoE (FC-BB-5) ● T11 FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) (FC-BB-5) ● Any 10 Gigabit Ethernet port configurable as FCoE ● SAN administration separate from LAN administration ● FCP ● Fibre Channel forwarding (FCF) ● Fibre Channel standard port types: E. PortChannel. Page 16 of 24 . This document is Cisco Public Information. and NP ● Fibre Channel enhanced port types: VE.

Page 17 of 24 . This document is Cisco Public Information. All rights reserved. registered state change notification (RSCN). login services. and name-server zoning ● Per-VSAN fabric services ● Cisco Fabric Services ● Diffie-Hellman Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (DH-CHAP) and Fibre Channel Security Protocol (FC-SP) ● Distributed device alias services ● Host-to-switch and switch-to-switch FC-SP authentication ● Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) ● Fabric binding for Fibre Channel ● Standard zoning ● Port security ● Domain and port ● Enhanced zoning ● SAN PortChannels ● Cisco Fabric Analyzer ● Fibre Channel traceroute ● Fibre Channel ping ● Fibre Channel debugging ● Cisco Fabric Manager support ● Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) SNMP MIBs Generic MIBs ● SNMPv2-SMI ● CISCO-SMI ● SNMPv2-TM ● SNMPv2-TC ● IANA-ADDRESS-FAMILY-NUMBERS-MIB ● IANAifType-MIB ● IANAiprouteprotocol-MIB ● HCNUM-TC ● CISCO-TC ● SNMPv2-MIB ● SNMP-COMMUNITY-MIB ● SNMP-FRAMEWORK-MIB ● SNMP-NOTIFICATION-MIB ● SNMP-TARGET-MIB ● SNMP-USER-BASED-SM-MIB ● SNMP-VIEW-BASED-ACM-MIB ● CISCO-SNMP-VACM-EXT-MIB Layer 3 MIBs ● UDP-MIB ● TCP-MIB ● OSPF-MIB ● BGP4-MIB ● CISCO-HSRP-MIB Fibre Channel MIBs ● CISCO-ST-TC ● CISCO-FC-FE-MIB ● CISCO-FCSP-MIB ● CISCO-PORT-TRACK-MIB ● CISCO-PSM-MIB ● CISCO-FC-SPAN-MIB ● CISCO-PORT-CHANNEL-MIB ● CISCO-RSCN-MIB ● CISCO-NS-MIB ● CISCO-FCS-MIB ● CISCO-DM-MIB ● FIBRE-CHANNEL-FE-MIB ● CISCO-FC-ROUTE-MIB ● CISCO-FSPF-MIB © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates.Data Sheet ● Fabric services: Name server.

This document is Cisco Public Information.Data Sheet ● CISCO-ZS-MIB ● CISCO-ZS-EXT-MIB ● CISCO-VSAN-MIB ● CISCO-CFS-MIB ● CISCO-FCPING-MIB ● CISCO-FCTRACEROUTE-MIB ● CISCO-FDMI-MIB ● CISCO-FC-DEVICE-ALIAS-MIB ● CISCO-WWNMGR-MIB ● FCMGMT-MIB ● CISCO-VEDM-MIB ● CISCO-FCOE-MIB Ethernet MIBs ● CISCO-VLAN-MEMBERSHIP-MIB Configuration MIBs ● ENTITY-MIB ● IF-MIB ● CISCO-ENTITY-EXT-MIB ● CISCO-ENTITY-FRU-CONTROL-MIB ● CISCO-ENTITY-SENSOR-MIB ● CISCO-FLASH-MIB ● CISCO-SYSTEM-MIB ● CISCO-SYSTEM-EXT-MIB ● CISCO-IP-IF-MIB ● CISCO-IF-EXTENSION-MIB ● CISCO-SERVER-INTERFACE-MIB ● CISCO-NTP-MIB ● CISCO-IMAGE-MIB ● CISCO-IMAGE-CHECK-MIB ● CISCO-IMAGE-UPGRADE-MIB ● CISCO-CONFIG-COPY-MIB ● CISCO-ENTITY-VENDORTYPE-OID-MIB ● CISCO-BRIDGE-MIB Monitoring MIBs ● DIFFSERV-DSCP-TC ● NOTIFICATION-LOG-MIB ● DIFFSERV-MIB ● CISCO-CALLHOME-MIB ● CISCO-SYSLOG-EXT-MIB ● CISCO-PROCESS-MIB ● RMON-MIB ● CISCO-RMON-CONFIG-MIB ● CISCO-HC-ALARM-MIB Security MIBs ● CISCO-AAA-SERVER-MIB ● CISCO-AAA-SERVER-EXT-MIB ● CISCO-COMMON-ROLES-MIB ● CISCO-COMMON-MGMT-MIB ● CISCO-RADIUS-MIB ● CISCO-SECURE-SHELL-MIB ● TCP/IP MIBs ● INET-ADDRESS-MIB ● TCP-MIB ● CISCO-TCP-MIB ● UDP-MIB ● IP-MIB ● CISCO-IP-PROTOCOL-FILTER-MIB ● CISCO-DNS-CLIENT-MIB © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Page 18 of 24 .

3ae: 10 Gigabit Ethernet ● SFF 8431 SFP+ CX1 support ● RMON Fibre Channel Standards ● FC-PH. Revision 1.0 for FCoE ● FCP.1Q: VLAN tagging ● IEEE 802.6 (INCITS TR-39-2005.1D: Spanning Tree Protocol ● IEEE 802. Revision 1. Amendment 1 (ANSI/INCITS 230-1994/AM1 1996) ● FC-PH. Revision 5.6 ● FC-DA.1Qaz: Enhanced transmission selection ● IEEE 802. SB-ports and Class 2) ● Class of Service: Class 3. except for FL-ports and Class 2) ● FC-SP. Revision 4.1p: CoS prioritization ● IEEE 802.4 (ANSI/INCITS 297-1997) ● FC-PH-3.1s: Multiple VLAN instances of Spanning Tree Protocol ● IEEE 802. Revision 12 (ANSI/INCITS 269-1996) ● FCP-2. Revision 3.91 (ANSI/INCITS 387-2004) ● FC-BB-5. Revision 1. All rights reserved. Revision 7. Revision 8 (ANSI/INCITS 350-2003) ● FCP-3. Revision 6.3: Ethernet ● IEEE 802. Revision 2. Revision 0. Amendment 2 (ANSI/INCITS 230-1994/AM2-1999) ● FC-PH-2.4 (ANSI/INCITS 303-1998) ● FC-PI. Class F ● Fibre Channel standard port types: E and F ● Fibre Channel enhanced port types: SD and TE © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. except for FL-ports and Class 2) ● FC-MI-2. Revision 7. Revision 1. except for FL-ports. Revision 7.3ad: LACP with fast timers ● IEEE 802.1w: Rapid reconfiguration of Spanning Tree Protocol ● IEEE 802.6 (ANSI/INCITS 384-2004) ● FC-GS-3. Revision 13 (ANSI/INCITS 352-2002) ● FC-PI-2.1Qbb: Per-priority Pause ● IEEE 802. Revision 2. Revision 10 (ANSI/INCITS 404-2006) ● FC-PI-4.1 (INCITS TR-36-2004.3 (ANSI/INCITS 230-1994) ● FC-PH. Revision 9. Revision 7.3 (ANSI/INCITS 355-2001) ● FC-SW-3. Revision 4 (ANSI/INCITS 416-2006) ● FC-MI.Data Sheet Miscellaneous MIBs ● START-MIB ● CISCO-LICENSE-MGR-MIB ● CISCO-FEATURE-CONTROL-MIB ● CISCO-CDP-MIB ● CISCO-RF-MIB ● CISCO-ETHERNET-FABRIC-EXTENDER-MIB ● CISCO-BRIDGE-MIB Standards Industry Standards ● IEEE 802.92 (INCITS TR-30-2002. This document is Cisco Public Information.91 ● FC-LS.01 (ANSI/INCITS 348-2001) ● FC-GS-4. Page 19 of 24 .0 ● FC-FS.2 ● FC-SW-2.9 (ANSI/INCITS 373-2003) ● FC-FS-2.

Page 20 of 24 .9 x 74. All rights reserved. and XFP interface types ● Low power consumption ● Hot-swappable device ● Cisco Nexus 5500 platform products support 8-Gbps Fibre Channel-compatible SFP+ for native Fibre Channel connectivity options. 8-Gbps Fibre Channel-compatible short-reach and 10-km long-reach SFP transceiver modules operate at 8/4/2 Gbps and are supported in the 8-Gbps-capable native Fibre Channel ports on expansion modules and unified ports SFP Optics The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform supports Gigabit Ethernet SFP for Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options. SFP+ has several advantages compared to other 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity options: ● Small 10 Gigabit Ethernet form factor ● Optical interoperability with XENPAK.4 x 43. Table 7. X2. The following SFP transceiver modules are supported by hardware in all ports of the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform: ● ● ● ● Cisco 1000BASE-T SFP Cisco 1000BASE-SX SFP Cisco 1000BASE-LX/LR SFP Cisco 4/2/1G Fibre Channel SFP Power Supply Table 6 lists the power supply properties of the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform. (8.47 x 17. Property Physical (height x width x depth) Operating temperature Nonoperating (storage) temperature Humidity Altitude Environment Properties Cisco Nexus 5548P and 5548UP 1. This document is Cisco Public Information. 10GBASELR. Power Supply Properties Cisco Nexus 5548P and 5548UP 390W 600W (without Layer 3 daughter card) 730W (with Layer 3 daughter-card) 100 to 240 VAC 50 to 60 Hz 95 to 98% (50 to 100% load) Yes Yes 1998 BTU/hr (600W) Cisco Nexus 5596UP 660W 882W (without Layer 3 expansion module) 972W (with 3x Layer 3 expansion module) 100 to 240 VAC 50 to 60 Hz 95 to 98% (50 to 100% load) Yes Yes 3010 BTU/hr (882W) AC Power Supply Properties Typical operating power Maximum power (Layer 2) Maximum power (Layer 3) Input voltage Frequency Efficiency RoHS compliance Hot swappable Heat dissipation Environment Table 7 lists the environment properties of the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform. and Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Transceiver [FET-10G]) for longer distances.3 x 29.3 x 29.72 x 17.5 in.000 ft (0 to 3000m) Cisco Nexus 5596UP 3.5 in. Table 6. available in both standard and extended temperature ranges with Digital Optical Monitoring (DOM) support.Data Sheet Physical Specifications SFP+ Optics Cisco Nexus 5500 platform supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ copper Twinax cables for short distances and SFP+ optics (10GBASE-SR.9 cm) 32 to 104° (0 to 40° F C) (40 to 158° ((40 to 70° F C) 5 to 95% (noncondensing) 0 to 10.000 ft (0 to 3000m) © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates.9 x 74.9 cm) 32 to 104° (0 to 40° F C) (40 to 158° ((40 to 70° C) F 5 to 95% (noncondensing) 0 to 10. (4.8 x 43.

© 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. Note that the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders can be ordered either separately or along with the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform.cisco.2 No. Table 9. This document is Cisco Public Information. Unified Port expansion module. Table 8. The Cisco Nexus 5548UP. Cisco NX-OS interoperates with any networking OS. Page 21 of 24 . For the latest software release information and recommendations.88 kg) 47.0(3)N1. and Layer 3 modules are supported by Cisco NX-OS Software Release 5.55 kg) Software Requirements The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform is supported by Cisco NX-OS Software Release 5. 3 unified port expansion modules.1 and later. 1 expansion module. 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 10 presents ordering information for the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform.0 and later. and 2 fan modules Cisco Nexus 5596UP with 2 1100W power supplies.5 lb (21.Data Sheet Weight Table 8 lists the weight of the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform switches. that conforms to the networking standards mentioned in this data sheet. please see the product bulletin at http://www.com/go/nexus5000. All rights reserved. Component Cisco Nexus 5548P or 5548UP with 2 750W power supplies. and 4 fan modules Weight Weight 35 lb (15. Specification Regulatory compliance Safety Regulatory Standards Compliance: Safety and EMC Description Products should comply with CE Markings according to directives 2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC ● UL 60950-1 Second Edition ● CAN/CSA-C22. Regulatory Standards Compliance Table 9 summarizes regulatory standards compliance for the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform. 5596UP. including Cisco IOS Software.

LC 4Gbps Fibre Channel-LW SFP.1(=) N55-8P-SSK9(=) N5000FMS1K9(=) N55-LAN1K9(=) N55-BAS1K9(=) Chassis includes 32 fixed ports. Front-to-Back Airflow.Data Sheet Table 10. All rights reserved. with Digital Optical Monitoring (DOM) and Extended Temperature Range 4Gbps Fibre Channel-SW SFP. This document is Cisco Public Information. A/C. 2 750W AC Power Supplies. Front-to-Back Airflow. 1 Expansion Slot Chassis includes 48 fixed unified ports. Fan Trays. A/C. LC connector SX transceiver. 7m Active Twinax cable assembly. Extended Temperature Range GE SFP. 1 Expansion Slot Chassis includes 32 fixed unified ports. LC 16-port 1/10GE Ethernet/FCoE module (Requires SFP+ for 8Gbps or SFP for 4Gbps operation) 8-port FC (8/4/2/1G) + 8-port Eth/FCoE Module 16-port Unified Port Expansion Module Nexus 5548 Layer 3 Daughter Card Nexus 5596 Layer 3 Expansion Module © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. Spare Cisco Nexus 5548P/5548UP PSU Front-to-Back Airflow module spare.0(3)N1(1) Cisco Nexus 5500 8-Port Storage Protocol Services License Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Fabric Manager Server License Cisco Nexus 5500 Layer 3 Enterprise Software License Cisco Nexus 5500 Layer 3 Base Software License Expansion Modules and Daughter Card N55-M16P(=) N55-M8P8FP(=) N55-M16UP(=) N55-D160L3(=) N55-M160L3(=) Cables and Optics SFP-10G-SR(=) SFP-10G-LR(=) SFP-H10GB-CU1M(=) SFP-H10GB-CU3M(=) SFP-H10GB-CU5M(=) SFP-H10GB-ACU7M(=) SFP-H10GB-ACU10M(=) GLC-T(=) GLC-SX-MM(=) GLC-LH-SM(=) SFP-GE-T(=) SFP-GE-S(=) SFP-GE-L(=) DS-SFP-FC4G-SW(=) DS-SFP-FC4G-LW(=) DS-SFP-FC8G-SW(=) 10GBASE-SR SFP+ Module 10GBASE-LR SFP+ Module 10GBASE-CU SFP+ Cable 1 Meter 10GBASE-CU SFP+ Cable 3 Meter 10GBASE-CU SFP+ Cable 5 Meter Active Twinax cable assembly. Front-to-Back Airflow. LC connector SX transceiver GE SFP. Fan Trays.1(=) N5KUK9-503N1. 1100W Cisco Nexus 5500 Blank module cover Cisco Nexus 5000 Base OS Software Release 5. Page 22 of 24 .0(2)N1(1) Cisco Nexus 5000 Base OS Software Release 5. 100-240V. 3 Expansion Slots Cisco Nexus 5548P/5548UP Fan Module. Spare Cisco Nexus 5596UP Fan Module. Front-to-Back Airflow. LC connector LX/LH transceiver. 100-240V. 750W Cisco Nexus 5596UP PSU Front-to-Back Airflow module spare. with Digital Optical Monitoring (DOM) and Extended Temperature Range GE SFP. Front-to-Back Airflow. Fan Trays. 10m 1000BASE-T SFP GE SFP. Part Number Chassis Ordering Information Description N5K-C5548P-FA N5K-C5548UP-FA N5K-C5596UP-FA Fan Modules N5548P-FAN= N5596UP-FAN= Power Supplies N55-PAC-750W(=) N55-PAC-1100W(=) Miscellaneous N55-M-BLNK(=) Software N5KUK9-502N1. 2 750W AC Power Supplies. LC 8Gbps Fibre Channel-SW SFP+. 2 1100W AC Power Supplies. LC connector LX/LH transceiver 1000BASE-T SFP.

Cisco Services offerings help increase investment protection. 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.Israel Accessory Kit for Nexus 5548 Chassis Accessory Kit for Nexus 5596 Chassis Warranty The Cisco Nexus 5500 platform has a 1-year limited hardware warranty. 250VAC 10A MP232 Plug. and partners and are focused on helping you increase operation efficiency and improve your data center network. All rights reserved. Page 23 of 24 . processes. 250VAC 10A 3112 Plug. LC Power Cord for North America. NEMA L6-20 Cabinet Jumper Power Cord.India SFS Power Cord . Cisco SMARTnet Service helps you resolve mission-critical problems with direct access at any time to Cisco network experts and award-winning resources. Switzerland Power Cord. UK SFS Power Cord . 250 VAC 10A. 250VAC 10A CEI 23-16/VII Plug. support migration operations.com/go/nxos © 2011 Cisco and/or its affiliates. tools. 10A . 2-Meter length Cabinet Jumper Power Cord.cisco.250V. 250 VAC 16A.250V.com/go/nexus5000 Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders: http://www. North America 10A Power cable for India Power Cord.250V. C14-C13 Connectors. 10A . you can take advantage of the Smart Call Home service capability. C14-C13 Connectors Cabinet Jumper Power Cord.Data Sheet Part Number DS-SFP-FC8G-LW(=) Power Cords CAB-AC-250V/13A(=) CAB-C13-C14-JMPR(=) CAB-C13-C14-2M(=) CAB-C13-CBN(=) CAB-9K12A-NA(=) CAB-IND-10A(=) CAB-9K10A-AU(=) CAB-9K10A-EU(=) CAB-9K10A-IT(=) CAB-9K10A-SW(=) CAB-9K10A-UK(=) SFS-250V-10A-AR(=) SFS-250V-10A-CN(=) SFS-250V-10A-ID(=) SFS-250V-10A-IS(=) Accessory Kit N5548-ACC-KIT= N5596-ACC-KIT= Description 8Gbps Fibre Channel-LW SFP+.com/go/nexus2000 Cisco NX-OS Software: http://www. Australia Power Cord.250V. Italy Power Cord. EU Power Cord. 10A . and strengthen your IT expertise.PRC SFS Power Cord . 250 VAC 10A. With this service. 250VAC/13A. Spanning the entire network lifecycle. Service and Support Cisco offers a wide range of services to help accelerate your success in deploying and optimizing the Cisco Nexus 5500 platform in your data center. 10A . ® For More Information ● ● ● Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches: http://www.cisco. optimize network operations. 250VAC 13A BS1363 Plug (13 A fuse). The warranty includes hardware replacement with a 10-day turnaround from receipt of a return materials authorization (RMA). 250VAC 10A CEE 7/7 Plug. C14-C13 Connectors Power Cord. The innovative Cisco Services are delivered through a unique combination of people. which offers proactive diagnostics and real-time alerts on your Cisco Nexus 5500 platform. This document is Cisco Public Information. 125VAC 13A NEMA 5-15 Plug.Argentina SFS Power Cord .

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