Enterprise applications are becoming critical to business success, turning data centers into strategic assets that require IT to be more agile and responsive. Cloud-based solutions and software-defined infrastructure will be key to achieving this change, but they still need the right underlying network components to support them effectively. In a major step for next-generation infrastructure, Cisco recently announced its new Cisco Nexus 9000 switches designed to provide cloud-scale technology with cloud economics.
The cloud is generating an unprecedented amount of traffic that is significantly different from the relatively predictable flows of client-server computing. According to a recent report by IDC, network silicon will play a “critical role in enabling data centers to keep pace with significant change” in areas such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
The new Nexus switches are designed to help customers transition from 10/40Gbps networks to 10/25/40/50/100Gbps – at the price of today’s 10/40Gbps networks. As Cisco SVP Soni Jiandani said in a recent blog post the next-generation Nexus switching portfolio will deliver bottom-line value to customers with 50 percent the cost, 50 percent power cooling savings, and 50 percent faster application completion time.
Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches innovations redefine data center switch density, performance, and scale for 1/10/25/40/50/100 Gbps deployments. The new Nexus 9200 series and Nexus 9300EX switches are the industry’s first native 25Gbps-capable, SDN-ready (VxLAN/ACI) switches.
The IDC report argues the switching ASIC is the single largest factor influencing switch cost, performance, functional capability, and power consumption. According to Cisco, its innovations in ASICs, hardware, and software will deliver a two-year time-to-market advantage because its ASICs use 16nm technology instead of the more standard 28nm.
Building on Cisco’s ASICs innovations, the new Nexus 9000 switches offer cloud services with wire-rate security and wire-rate telemetry in addition to other benefits including:
- 7x increase in the density of endpoints and increased I/O traffic that drives 2.5x bandwidth
- Wire rate 100Gbps NetFlow, which offers data-center-wide granular visibility in real-time
- Multi-speed ports from 100M to 100G to allow customers to speed up when ready
Cisco’s data center innovations also include Cisco Nexus Fabric Manager (NFM), which offers a highly intuitive and simple point-and-click web interface to automate underlay and overlay provisioning.
Complex CLI approaches can take hundreds of CLI commands and several days or even weeks to deploy a production-ready fabric. NFM enables users to build a complete underlay and VXLAN-based overlay fabric in just a few mouse clicks without CLI or complex scripts. As seen in this video and blog, NFM dramatically simplifies and automates the full lifecycle of fabric configuration management, eliminating complexity and slashing deployment time.
Find more information about Cisco’s next-gen switching technology and learn why network silicon innovations are critical to tomorrow’s data centers.
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