Cisco intros new framework, Nexus switches

Posted on September 14, 2010

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“Cisco has shed its Data Center 3.0 strategy in favor of a new architectural framework called Data Center Business Advantage as the company continues to grow its vision for unified fabrics and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), “ according to an article posted on Enterprise Storage Forum.

Data Center Business Advantage is similar to Data Center 3.0, but includes enhancements to Cisco’s unified computing and unified fabric products, as well as a new set of Unified Network Services.

On the fabric side, Cisco today introduced the 1U 10Gbps Nexus 5548 switch. Features include 48 ports, throughput up to 960Gbps, and support for Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

A key enhancement is Unified Port technology, which Cisco claims can take the guesswork out of network design by allowing switch ports to be dynamically allocated as lossless Ethernet or Fibre Channel. Other protocols supported include NAS, RoE and IBoE.

The Nexus 5548 also supports Cisco’s FabricPath technology, which is the company’s implementation of the upcoming Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) standard.

In addition to the Nexus 5548, Cisco introduced a compact blade for the UCS and a set of Unified Network Services.

For details, see “Cisco Advances Unified Fabric, Compute With New Data Center Strategy” on Enterprise Storage Forum.

Related article: Cisco ships FabricPath software for NX-OS


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