While Cisco Live this year was far more about the campus than the DC, Cisco did announce the Cisco Nexus 9364C, a spine-oriented switch which can run in both ACI mode and NX-OS mode. And it is a monster.
It’s (64) ports of 100 Gigabit. It’s from a single SoC (the Cisco S6400 SoC).
It provides 6.4 Tbps in 2RU, likely running below 700 watts (probably a lot less). I mean, holy shit.
Cisco Nexus 9364C: (64) ports of 100 Gigabit Ethernet.
And Cisco isn’t the only vendor with an upcoming 64 port 100 gigabit switch in a 2RU form factor. Broadcom’s Tomahawk II, successor to their 25/100 Gigabit datacenter SoC, also sports the ability to have (64) 100 Gigabit interfaces. I would expect the usual suspects to announce switches based on these soon (Arista, Cisco Nexus 3K, Juniper, etc.)
And another vendor Innovium, while far less…
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