Unstoppable Momentum: Cisco Data Center

December 9, 2011 - 0 Comments

Nexus 7009

Our latest TechWiseTV episode is all about the recent announcements rolling out from the Data Center team. We did our best to cram a few handpicked things we liked and give you the detail we thought it deserved.  The theme, and the show title: Evolutionary Fabric, Revolutionary Scale.

The announcements include the most scalable 10 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2/Layer 3 Fabric in the industry.  The claim is that no matter how diverse your data center demands may be, Cisco offers unparalleled abilities to arm you with efficiency, agility, innovation and differentiation.  So no matter your form factor, physical, virtual or cloud- based environments are all positively impacted with an industry leading fabric-based approach.

Filled with geeky goodness….look at what you will find!

  • 2nd gen Nexus 7000 with revolutionary new scale
  • FabricPath, Adapter FEX, and VM FEX support on Nexus 5500
  • New FEX switch and B22 OEM program
  • Expansions to Nexus 3000 family
  • IN YOUR FACE COMPETITIVE!  Don’t miss the final segment of the show…Jimmy Ray calls out HP, Juniper, Arista….”I showed you mine, now show me yours!”

Watch the entire thing after the jump.

Anne Plese
Anne Plese

Anne Plese welcomes Jeff Raymond as they answer the question: ‘What is Revolutionary Scale’ and run us through ALL the recent announcements.

Nikhil Kelshikar

Nexus 7009

The Nexus 7010 and 7018 chassis are among Cisco’s fastest growing product lines.  The new 7009 is 50% smaller than the 7010 yet maintains 90% of its capacity. Guest Engineer Nikhil Kelshikar visits the TechWiseTV Lab and shows us what the highest capacity modular switching platform in the industry is all about.

Next Generation Fabric: Fabric2

The next-generation fabric – Fabric2 provides 550 Gigabits per slot and works across all Nexus chassis. Guest Engineer Nikhil Kelshikar is here to talk performance, scale, and all the details you need for this fabric innovation.

Special FEX

Layer 2 mutli-pathing is now available in a fixed form factor switch for the first time ever! Cost effective layer 2 clusters are not the only thing worth mentioning however – Robb highlights advances of Adapter FEX, the Nexus 2000 and new options for niche environments with 1 Gig and 40 Gig additions to the Nexus 3000

Scaling the Fabric

Cisco is now claiming the highest density 10GbE modular switching platform in the industry. The new 2nd-generation F2 line card and Fabric 2 module, at 768 ports of 10GbE line-rate switching ports running NX-OS, the flagship Nexus 7018 in a fully-loaded configuration is simply the epitome of switch scale. We have all the details and how you can use them with guest Engineer Nikhil Kelshnikar.

Why Thread Count Still Matters in your Fabric (Sticking it to the competition)

What? Another silly fabric joke?…Yes.  But don’t blame Jimmy Ray…he gives me carte blanch on titling…

Jimmy Ray shares a ‘tell all’ in this revealing segment highlighting actual performance numbers among leading technologies in the data center space.  He calls out Juniper, HP, Arista..a few others…don’t miss this!

More great info if interested:

TechWiseTV 85 – We shot this one last year at CiscoLive in London. Good base material as Ravi Balakrishnan introduces us to the Virtual Interface Card.

TechWiseTV 72 – Francois Tallet introduces us to FabricPath and how we can handle spanning tree.

Nexus 5548 Architecture

Adapter FEX


NEXUS 3048 AND 3016


B22 Series Blade Fabric Extenders

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