There is no doubt that the word transformation is being used to describe pretty much anything to do with the data center, but in all of this, it’s good to remember that little things can make a BIG difference in making day to day data center operations easier.
With simplicity as one of the key tenants, the Nexus 2300 Series Fabric Extenders continues on the same trajectory as previous Fabric Extenders by delivering a solution that, when coupled with Cisco Nexus parent switches, makes adding performance, scale, and operational simplicity to the network access simple.
Today, we add a new member to this 3rd generation fabric extender family – the Nexus 2348TQ, which together with the Nexus 2348UPQ, offers more connectivity options for data centers of different sizes with varying performance and application needs.
The Nexus 2348TQ is a compact, 1RU Fabric Extender that offers:
- 48 x 10G BASE-T host port interfaces
- 6 x 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports for parent switch connectivity
This makes the Nexus 2348TQ an ideal solution for data centers looking to upgrade their server access deployment from 1GBASE-T to 10Gbps speeds and from 10Gbps to 40Gbps connectivity.
As outlined in my previous blog, all members for of the Nexus 2300 Series Fabric Extenders support:
- Larger buffers to absorb bursts of traffic for a wide variety of workloads such as multicast feeds, voice traffic, video traffic, and healthcare applications
- Unified Ports support enabling a flexible LAN and SAN deployment through support for Ethernet, Fiber Channel and Fiber Channel over Ethernet connectivity
- Support for Cisco’s 40G BiDi optics simplifying migration 10 to 40 Gigabit Ethernet speeds while reusing existing 10G cabling
- Additional versatile TCAM which can be used for:
- Advanced features such as ACL classifications and QOS
- Hardware-capable local flow redirect for architectures that require intra-rack traffic to reduce bandwidth
Bringing Together Nexus 2300 Fabric Extenders and Cisco Nexus Parent Switches
The Nexus 2300 Fabric Extenders can be perfectly paired with Nexus 5600 and 6000s as well as Nexus 7000* and 9000* (*future) to provide a network access solution that combines the flexibility and simplified cabling of a top-of-rack (ToR) designs with simplified management and efficient utilization of an end-of-row (EoR) design. This flexible architecture where the parent switch manages all fabric extender configuration lets you deploy and re-deploy fabric extenders throughout your data center with minimal reconfiguration needed, not only helping reduce operational and capital expenditures, but also allowing your data center network to quickly adapt to application, traffic, or business needs.