Monday, February 4, 2013

Cisco Expands its Open Networking Fabric with Nexus 6000

Cisco is rolling out a number of new products for its data center fabric, including new Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches, new hybrid cloud functionality via the Cisco Nexus 1000V InterCloud, and a network- programmable controller. The new offering are part of the Cisco ONE strategy, which addresses emerging trends around open networking, programmability and software defined networking (SDN) for data center, campus, cloud, and service provider deployments.

Cisco said its goal is to scale, extend, and open the networking fabric of data center, cloud and provider environments as well as bring consistency across physical, virtual and cloud-based deployments.

Key elements of the announcement:

Cisco Nexus 6000 Series Switches -- high-density 10GE/40GE data center switches with L2/L3 capability, deep packet visibility and programmability via the Cisco NX-OS.  Two Nexus 6000 models are being introduced. The Nexus 6004 offers up to 96 ports of line rate 40GE (384 ports of line rate 10GE) in a 4 RU (rack unit) form factor; and the Nexus 6001, which offers line rate 48 ports of GE/10GE fixed ports with 4 ports of 40GE (or 16 ports of 10GE) uplinks in 1 RU form factor. The Nexus 6000 Series is purpose-built for high performance access, leaf/spine architectures, compact aggregation, or high-density FEX aggregation deployment options for building a scalable Cisco Unified Fabric.  The Nexus 6004 24 x 40 GE is scheduled to be available Q1CY2013 and is priced at $90,000; the Nexus 6004 48 x 40 GE is scheduled to be available Q1CY2013 and is priced at $195,000; the Nexus 6004, 12 x 40 GE LEM is scheduled to be available Q1CY2013 and is priced at $40,000; the Nexus 6001 is scheduled to be available in 1HCY2013 and pricing will be announced at a later date.

Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Network Analysis Module (NAM) -- this blade for the flagship Nexus 7000 data center switch brings application awareness and performance analytics, empowering IT with unparalleled actionable visibility into the network, improving application performance, optimizing network resources and  helping to more effectively manage services delivery in cloud and virtualized deployments.

Cisco Nexus 2248PQ fabric extender and the Nexus 5500 Series switch 40 gigabit Ethernet uplink -- gives customers the option of deploying 40GE uplinks in their existing Nexus 5500 to reduce over-subscription, while the new Nexus 2248PQ switch provides a 10GE top-of-rack fabric extender with 40GE uplinks.

The Nexus 1000V InterCloud -- an orchestration solution for extending corporate enterprise environments into the provider cloud with simplicity and security.  The Nexus 1000V InterCloud  preserves existing networking capabilities and L4-7 services while bringing manageability of the enterprise into the provider cloud to create a consistent, reliable, predictable environment for physical, virtual and cloud workloads, freeing IT management to run and move applications without compromise.  The solution provides choice of provider clouds and operates in a hypervisor-agnostic manner.

A new Cisco ONE Software Controller -- the industry’s first multiprotocol interfaces with One Platform Kit (onePK) and OpenFlow.  It offers consistent management, troubleshooting and security features;.  Fuilt-in applications include network slicing functionality for enabling logical partitioning of network resources. In addition, the ONE Controller will interact with Cisco networking applications such as Custom Forwarding and Network Tapping.

Expanded platform support for Cisco onePK developer environment with Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000 and ASR 9000.  

Solutions for overlay networks including Nexus 1000V support for VXLAN Gateway; Nexus 1000V support for Microsoft Hyper-V and integration with Microsoft System Center VM Manager; virtual Network Analysis Module (vNAM) for network analysis and monitoring of virtualized and cloud workloads

Expanded OpenFlow support on the Nexus 3000, Nexus 7000, ASR 9000 and Catalyst 6500.

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