Cisco Updates UCS with Flash, Nexus with ACI
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Cisco first announced the Nexus data center switching portfolio back in 2008 and has grown it steadily in terms of new platforms and usage ever since. Shashi Kiran, senior director of data center, cloud and open networking at Cisco, told Enterprise Networking Planet that Cisco now has over 55,000 NX-OS (Nexus Operating System) customers.
Now Cisco is expanding the Nexus portfolio with new switches, including the Nexus 7706, which Kiran said is for small core and data aggregation deployments. The Nexus 7706 is a 9 RU, 21 Tbps switching platform. Cisco plans to also leverage the 7706 as an interconnect for the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) initiative. Previously known as Insieme, Cisco ACI was formally announced in November.
Cisco is also expanding the Nexus 5600 series with the 5672 and 56128 top-of-rack switches, which now include VXLAN support in hardware.