Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches

Cloud Scale Technology Switches

Build a next-generation automated data center

Prepare your data center for growing number of users and complicated apps. Our Nexus 9000 Series delivers proven high performance and density, low latency, and exceptional power efficiency in a range of form factors. The switches are highly programmable and industry leading SDN for data center automation.

Get industry-leading performance with Cloud Scale

Our Cloud Scale technology brings you a two-year innovation advantage. Its 16-nm technology provides seven times more endpoint density for greater scale. Users gain 50% faster application completion time, as well as pervasive visibility with built-in Cisco Tetration sensors and intelligent buffers. Cloud Scale ASIC is what makes Nexus 9000 superior than other switches in the industry.

Compare Nexus 9000 models

All switches can operate in standalone mode. Many also support ACI. Our Cloud Scale ASIC is available across both modes.

  • Nexus 9500 for spine and core
  • Nexus 9300 for leaf and access
  • R series with deep buffers for high frequency trading and high performance computing

Features and benefits

Cloud Switching

Cloud Scale ASIC technology

Investment protection with multi-speed ports 10/25/50/100G and line rate encryption, so you can scale as needed. Integrated and streaming analytics brings advance security. Unified ports supporting 10/25GbE and 8/16/32G fiber channel provides convergence.

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Programmability for DevOps

The industry’s highly programmable switch with open APIs is ideal for DevOps environments. Nexus 9000 open programmability supports built-in DevOps automation tools such as Puppet, Chef, and Ansible.

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Cisco ACI makes the application the focal point of infrastructure. It enables an agile, open, and secure architecture. You can reduce TCO, automate IT tasks, and accelerate data center application deployments.

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Architectural flexibility

Get energy-efficient deployment of 3-tier or leaf-spine architecture. Get flexible port configuration of 1/10/25/40/50/100 GE with storage networking support. This provides a foundation for ACI, our industry-leading automation solution.

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Gain up to 172.8 Tbps of nonblocking performance with less than 5-microsecond latency. The switches offer wire-speed gateway, bridging, routing, and our Border Gateway Protocol control plane for VXLAN. Segment routing eases virtualization.

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Real-time visibility and telemetry

Built-in sensors support Cisco Tetration Analytics for rich traffic flow telemetry and line-rate data collection. Real-time buffer use per port and per queue helps keep track of application traffic patterns.

Meet our data center experts

Evolving the 9000 for today’s app-centric world

To help you grow, consolidate, scale, and adapt to changing business needs, Cisco provides both custom Cloud Scale ASIC and merchant silicon. Customers gain choice in price, performance, and capability.    

Fast, Scalable, Secure

Top three reasons to make Cisco Nexus 9000 your network switch today.

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Solve problems faster, improve operational efficiency, and reduce your risk of downtime.


Get pervasive visibility

Tetration Analytics allows you to build dynamic policy models and automates enforcement. (3:25 min)

Automation should be simple

Reduce hardware costs, plus cut management time by 87% with Cisco ACI and Citrix NetScaler.

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