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Compare Cisco Nexus 2000 Models

1. The Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders behave as remote line cards. They appear as an extension to the

parent switch to which they connect.


2. The parent switch can be Nexus 5000, Nexus 6000, Nexus 7000, and Nexus 9000 Series switches.
3. Using Nexus 2000 gives you great flexibility when it comes to the type of connectivity and physical topology.
4. This type of architecture provides the flexibility and benefit of both architectures: top-of-rack (ToR) and end-
of-row (EoR).
5. It also enables highly scalable servers access design without the dependency on spanning tree.
6. All Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders connected to the same parent switch are managed from a single
point. Figure1 shows both types, ToR and EoR.

Figure1 Cisco Nexus 2000 Top-of-Rack and End-of-Row Design

As shown in Figure1, Rack-01 is using a dual-redundant Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender, which is placed
at the top of the rack. The uplink ports on the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders can be connected to a
Cisco Nexus 5000, Nexus 6000, Cisco Nexus 7000, or Nexus 9000 Series switch that is installed in the EoR position
as the parent switch.

This is a ToR design from a cabling point of view, but from an operation point of view this design looks like an EoR
design, because all these Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders will be managed from the parent switch. So no
configuration or software maintenance tasks need to be done with the FEXs. The cabling between the servers and
the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders is contained within the rack, thus reducing cabling between racks.
Only the cables between the Nexus 2000 and the parent switches will run between the racks, which can be 10
Gbps or 40 Gbps.

Multiple connectivity options can be used to connect the FEX to the parent switch, as shown in Figure2, which is
explained shortly.

Figure2 Cisco Nexus 2000 Connectivity Options


Straight-through, using static pinning: To achieve a deterministic relationship between the host port on the
FEX to which the server connects and the fabric interfaces that connect to the parent switch, the host port
will be statically pinned to one of the uplinks between the FEX and the parent switch. This method is used
when the FEX is connected straight through to the parent switch. The server port will always use the same
uplink port.
You must use the pinning max-links command to create pinned fabric interface connections so that the
parent switch can determine a distribution of host interfaces. The host interfaces are divided by the number
of the max-links and distributed accordingly. The default value is max-links equals 1.

NOTE: The Cisco Nexus 2248PQ Fabric Extender does not support the static pinning fabric interface connection.

Straight-through, using dynamic pinning (port channel): You can use this method to load balance between
the down link ports connected to the server and the fabric ports connected to the parent switch. This method
bundles multiple uplink interfaces to one logical port channel. The traffic is being distributed using a hashing
algorithm. For Layer 2, it uses Source MAC and Destination MAC; for Layer 3, it uses Source MAC, Destination
MAC, and Source IP Destination IP.
Active-active FEX using vPC: In this scenario, the FEX is dual homed using vPC to different parent switches.

NOTE: The Cisco Nexus 7000 Series switches currently support only straight-through deployment using dynamic
pinning. Static pinning and active-active FEX are currently supported only on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series
switches.

The following tables compare Cisco Nexus 2000 Series models.

Compare Nexus 2000 Models-1 GE Fabric Extender

Cisco Nexus 2348UPQ Cisco Nexus 2248PQ Cisco Nexus 2232PP


Fabric extender host interfaces 48 48 32
Fabric extender host interface types 1/10 GE ports SFP/SFP+ 1/10 GE ports SFP/SFP+ 1/10 GE ports SFP/SFP+
Fabric extender fabric interfaces 2 to 6 40 GE QSFP (24 x 10 GE) 4 QSFP+ (16 x 10 GE) 8
Cisco Nexus 2348UPQ Cisco Nexus 2248PQ Cisco Nexus 2232PP
Up to 240 Gbps in each direction 160 Gbps in each direction (320 80 Gbps in each direction (160
Fabric speed
(480 Gbps full duplex) Gbps full duplex) Gbps full duplex)
Oversubscription 2:1 3:1 4:1
Hardware forwarding at 1440 Gbps Hardware forwarding at 1280 Gbps Hardware forwarding at 800
Performance
or 2160 mpps or 952 mpps Gbps or 595 mpps
Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000, or Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000, or Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000,
Cisco parent switch
9000 Series* n9000 Series* or n9000 Series*
FCoE support Yes Yes Yes
Unified port capable Yes No No
Port-side exhaust and port-side Port-side exhaust and port-side Port-side exhaust and port-side
Airflow
intake intake intake
32 MB network to host,
Buffers 32 MB shared 8 MB
8 MB host to network

Compare Nexus 2000 Models-10GBASE-T Fabric Extender

Cisco Nexus 2232TM-


Cisco Nexus 2332TQ Cisco Nexus 2348TQ Cisco Nexus 2348TQ-E Cisco Nexus 2232TM
E
Fabric extender host
32 48 48 32 32
interfaces
100BASE-T, 100BASE-T, 100BASE-T,
Fabric extender host 1/10GBASE-T ports: 1/10GBASE-T ports:
1/10GBASE-T ports: 1/10GBASE-T ports: 1/10GBASE-T ports:
interface types RJ-45 connectors RJ-45 connectors
RJ‑45 connectors RJ‑45 connectors RJ‑45 connectors
Fabric extender fabric 4 40 GE QSFP (16 x 10 6 40 GE QSFP (24 x 10 6 40 GE QSFP (24 x 10 Uplink module: 8
8 SFP+
interfaces GE) GE) GE) SFP+
Up to 160 Gbps of
Up to 240 Gbps in Up to 240 Gbps in 80 Gbps in each 80 Gbps in each
switching capacity in
Fabric speed each direction (480 each direction (480 direction (160 Gbps direction (160 Gbps
each direction (320
Gbps full duplex) Gbps full duplex) full duplex) full duplex)
Gbps full duplex)
Oversubscription 2:1 2:1 2:1 4:1 4:1
Hardware forwarding Hardware forwarding Hardware forwarding Hardware forwarding Hardware forwarding
Performance at 960 Gbps or 1440 at 1440 Gbps or 2160 at 1440 Gbps or 2160 at 800 Gbps or 595 at 800 Gbps or 595
mpps mpps mpps mpps mpps
Cisco Nexus 5000, Cisco Nexus 5000, Cisco Nexus 5000, Cisco Nexus 5000, Cisco Nexus 5000,
Cisco parent switch 6000, 7000, and 9000 6000, 7000, and 9000 6000, 7000, and 9000 6000, 7000, or 9000 6000, 7000, or 9000
Series* Series* Series* Series* Series*
Yes (supports up to 30 Yes (supports up to 30 Yes (supports up to 30 Yes (Supports up to
FCoE support No
meters) meters) meters) 30 meters)
Port-side exhaust and Port-side exhaust and Port-side exhaust and Port-side exhaust and Port-side exhaust
Airflow
port-side intake port-side intake port-side intake port-side intake and port-side intake
Buffers 32 MB shared 32 MB Shared 32 MB Shared 8 MB 8 MB

Compare Nexus 2000 Models-10G SFP+ Fabric Extender

Cisco Nexus 2348UPQ Cisco Nexus 2248PQ Cisco Nexus 2232PP


Fabric extender host interfaces 48 48 32
Fabric extender host interface types 1/10 GE ports SFP/SFP+ 1/10 GE ports SFP/SFP+ 1/10 GE ports SFP/SFP+
Fabric extender fabric interfaces 2 to 6 40 GE QSFP (24 x 10 GE) 4 QSFP+ (16 x 10 GE) 8
Up to 240 Gbps in each direction 160 Gbps in each direction (320 80 Gbps in each direction (160
Fabric speed
(480 Gbps full duplex) Gbps full duplex) Gbps full duplex)
Oversubscription 2:1 3:1 4:1
Hardware forwarding at 1440 Gbps Hardware forwarding at 1280 Gbps Hardware forwarding at 800
Performance
or 2160 mpps or 952 mpps Gbps or 595 mpps
Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000, or Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000, or Cisco Nexus 5000, 6000, 7000,
Cisco parent switch
9000 Series* n9000 Series* or n9000 Series*
FCoE support Yes Yes Yes
Unified port capable Yes No No
Port-side exhaust and port-side Port-side exhaust and port-side Port-side exhaust and port-side
Airflow
intake intake intake
32 MB network to host,
Buffers 32 MB shared 8 MB
8 MB host to network
*Software support for all parent switches may not yet be available. Check Cisco NX-OS Software release notes for
the specific parent switch models and minimum required software version.

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