Cisco Nexus DataCenter Products

In this Cisco Nexus Training  Data Center Course Content we will learn about Cisco Data Center Nexus switches Hardware Models, Each Cisco Nexus 7700, Nexus 7000, Nexus 5500, Nexus 9000 Switches hardware Architecture and its related topics.

This Cisco Nexus Training Course enables you to have complete knowledge about Cisco Data Center Core, Distribution and Access Layer family. This Course also helps you to prepare for CCIE DC, CCNP – DC and CCNA –DC exams.

This Cisco Nexus LABS Course has been designed in such a way that, it includes not only theory but also traffic flow of each related topics and its associated LAB. Cisco Nexus LAB is also provided based real Virtual/ physical Hardware topology.

Course Pedagogy

The Course Pedagogy will help you to learn the following concepts on Cisco Nexus Data Center Switches Hardware Platform.

  • Cisco Nexus 7K , 9K , 5k , 2K Hardware Platform, its Architecture , Hardware Components details like Supervisor, Line cards, Fabric Module , VOQ.
  • Cisco Nexus Virtual Device Context concepts and its design Scenarios
  • Cisco Virtual Port Chanel on Nexus 7000 & 5500 and Nexus Fabric Extender 2000 scenarios like EVPC, Back to Back VPC , VPC failover Scenarios , VPC spanning tree behavior, Split Brain Scenarios, loop avoidance mechanism
  • Nexus Layer 2 technologies like Rapid PVST+, MST, Bridge Assurance
  • Nexus Layer 3 technologies like configuring EIGRP, OSPF, BGP on Cisco Nexus Platform
  • Cisco Fabric path design deployment and traffic flow along with vPC+ concepts
  • How to configure Multicast (PIM, IGMP, CGMP,) on Cisco Nexus switch Platform
  • Configure QOS on Cisco Nexus 7000 and Cisco Nexus 5500 series switches
  • Overlay transport virtualization (OTV) design deployment and traffic flow and OTV Configuration
  • Configuring HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP on Cisco Nexus 7000 switch platform
  • Configuring security Features on Cisco Nexus Data Center Switch platform
  • Full Cisco Nexus 7000 Labs

All above Course pedagogy you will find in Menu section after buying the subscription plan.

Data Center architecture 

Data Center combines the following components which includes Network Infrastructure, Storage Infrastructure, Computational Power, Applications, and End User Computing, Management Systems, Operating system and server virtualization technologies, Security Infrastructure, Desktop virtualization solutions and access clients.

Following are the Cisco Datacenter Fabric Family Switches and its brief description and its usage.

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

  • Provide the switching platform for Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
  • Per slot Switching capacity Support up to 1.92 terabits
  • Deliver high-density 1GE ,10GE , and 40GE and 100 GE in the future
  • Operate in following mode standard Cisco NX-OS and in ACI mode
  • Full virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) bridging, routing, and gateway support

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

  • Used for Data Center access, aggregation, and core deployments
  • Switching capacity up to 1.3 Tb per slot and more than 83 Tb per chassis
  • Provides advanced services, high availability, hitless In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), vPC, Fabric path, OTV.
  • Provide high 1,10, 40, and 100 GE scalability

Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches

  • Best Suited for access- and space-constrained aggregation deployments
  • Provide line-rate and low-latency support for up to 96 ports of 40 GE or 384 ports of 10 GE and up to 160 unified ports
  • It support hardware VXLAN (Layer 2 and 3, gateway) function and is also Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE)-capable
  • Support Cisco Fabric Extender architecture and true 40 GE Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) for LAN and SAN convergence

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches

  • Suited for 10 GE top-of-rack access deployments
  • Provides connectivity support which includes GE, 10 GE, 10GBASE-T, 40 GE, unified ports, Fibre Channel, and FCoE.
  • Support of Layer 2 and 3 features for LAN and SAN traffic

Cisco Nexus 3000 Series Switches

  • This Model used for Python scripting, Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEM), and XML management tools
  • A comprehensive SDN solution, including Open Flow and Cisco One PK
  • Flexible, high density, and provide high performance for top-of-rack deployments
  • Mobility Support and tenant isolation with VXLAN

Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders

  • It has100 MB, and 1/10/40 Gigabit Ethernet server connectivity with 10/40 GE uplinks
  • Used for fabric extensibility with single point of management
  • Reduce data center cabling costs and footprint; optimize inter-rack cabling, Top of the rack Solution.
  • Supports LAN and SAN deployments and Cisco Nexus and MDS switching families
  • Offers high availability, virtualization services, and convergence

Platform use in the different Data Center layers

This section helps you to identify how Cisco Unified Data Center Products such as Nexus, Storage, and UCS are placed in different layers of Cisco Three tier Architecture as Core, Distribution, and Access layer. These products are now categorised below as per layer

Cisco DC Products in Single-Tier Ethernet Architecture

  • All core, aggregation and access layers devices are at one layer.
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 switches can be used for both access and core layer connection.
  • Nexus 5500 platform can also be used as core layer for L3 , but not support advance features such as MPLS.
  • The extension of single tier architecture can be done by connecting Nexus 2200 platform extender as TOR ( Top-Of-Rack ) design

Cisco DC Products in Dual -Tier Ethernet Architecture

  • All core, aggregation layers are used at one layer.
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 could be used for both aggregation and core layer connection in DataCenter Connectivity.
  • For EoR (End-Of-Row) design Cisco Nexus 5000 or 5500 could be used for access layer connection.
  • Nexus 2200 platform extender can be used to extend dual tier architecture by connecting it as TOR (Top-Of-Rack) design.
  • For Storage Layer Cisco MDS 9000 series Multilayer switches is used for  San connection at storage core layer.

Cisco Products in Three -Tier Ethernet Architecture

  • At Access layer Cisco Nexus 5000 or 5500 Platform along with the Nexus 2000 series Fex Extender solution for server or host connectivity.
  • Cisco MDS 9000 series Multilayer switches at access layer for San connection.
  • At core layer Cisco Nexus 7000 Platform is used for L3 and connectivity between Core and distribution layer.
  • At distribution layer Cisco Nexus 7000 Platform (VDC) or Cisco 5000/5500 platform is used.

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