Data Centers

Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Architecture: The Building Blocks of the Unified Fabric

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Executive Summary

Cisco has designed the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches to be the best solution for high bandwidth, low-latency, and access-layer switches for rack deployments. In the context of I/O consolidation, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches is also the basis for a unified network fabric that can help simplify data center infrastructure, which translates into reduced capital and operational costs. This paper has provided a brief overview of the switch features and benefits, followed by a detailed description of the internal implementation of the series' 10 Gigabit Ethernet, I/O consolidation, and virtualization capabilities.

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