Product Overview of Cisco 36 Ports Service Module
The Cisco N9K-X9736PQ is a line card designed for the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series switches, specifically as an ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) Spine Line Card. It plays a crucial role in expanding network capabilities, supporting high-speed connectivity, and facilitating the efficient flow of data within a network infrastructure.
Purpose of an ACI Spine Line Card
An ACI Spine Line Card, like the Cisco N9K-X9736PQ, serves as a key component in Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure. It is designed to handle the backbone functions of the network, connecting various leaf switches and ensuring seamless communication and data flow between devices.
Understanding the Technical Specifications
Ports and Connectivity
- 36 Ports: The line card is equipped with 36 ports, providing ample connectivity for devices within the network.
- 40 Gigabit QSFP Connections: Each port supports 40 Gigabit speeds, utilizing Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable (QSFP) technology for high-performance data transfer.
- Non-Blocking: The line card operates on a non-blocking architecture, ensuring that all ports can simultaneously operate at their maximum capacity without causing congestion or bottlenecks.
Optical Network Expansion Module
- Expansion Module: This line card serves as an Optical Network Expansion Module, enabling the integration of optical technologies for extending the network's reach and capabilities.
Importance of QSFP Technology in Networking
- QSFP technology provides high-speed connectivity, making it ideal for data-intensive applications and scenarios where fast and reliable data transfer is essential.
Compact Form Factor
- The Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) design allows for a compact form factor, enabling more ports and connections in a limited physical space.
Versatility and Flexibility
- QSFP technology supports various optical and copper interfaces, offering versatility and flexibility in network configurations.
Application in Cisco Nexus 9500 Series
Integration into Nexus 9500 Series
- The Cisco N9K-X9736PQ is specifically designed for seamless integration into the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series switches, enhancing their capabilities and performance.
ACI Spine Line Card Functionality
- As an ACI Spine Line Card, it functions as a critical part of the spine layer in Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure, managing and directing data flows within the network.
Benefits of Cisco N9K-X9736PQ Nexus 9500 Series ACI Spine Line Card
- With 36 ports of 40 Gigabit QSFP connections, the line card delivers high-performance connectivity, ensuring efficient data transfer and low latency.
- The non-blocking architecture and the abundance of ports contribute to the scalability of the network, accommodating growing data traffic and expanding network requirements.
Optical Network Expansion
- Serving as an Optical Network Expansion Module, it facilitates the integration of optical technologies, extending the network's reach and enabling communication over longer distances.
Application Visibility and Control
Application Visibility and Control (AVC) is a feature in Cisco's network infrastructure that allows for granular visibility and control of network traffic based on the application being used. This feature can be particularly useful for IT teams who want to optimize network performance, improve security, and troubleshoot network issues.
The N9K-X9736PQ Cisco Nexus 9500 36 Ports 40G Service Module is designed to provide high-speed connectivity for data center networks. It supports up to 36 ports of 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) or 144 ports of 10 GbE, making it ideal for data-intensive workloads.
With the N9K-X9736PQ, IT teams can leverage the power of AVC to gain insight into how applications are using the network. The module is equipped with hardware-based deep packet inspection (DPI) technology, which can identify over 1400 different applications, including web-based applications, email, and file-sharing protocols.
Using this information, IT teams can create policies to prioritize or restrict specific applications or application categories based on business needs. For example, a company might choose to prioritize video conferencing traffic during business hours while limiting social media traffic. This can help ensure that critical applications receive the necessary bandwidth while preventing non-business-related traffic from impacting network performance.
In addition to application visibility and control, the N9K-X9736PQ module also supports other advanced features, including virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) and virtual PortChannel (vPC) technology. These features can help improve network scalability, simplify network architecture, and reduce downtime.
Advantages of Using 40G Service Module
The N9K-X9736PQ Cisco Nexus 9500 36 Ports 40G Service Module is a high-performance network module that provides 36 ports of 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series switches. Here are some of the advantages of using this module:
- High Bandwidth: The N9K-X9736PQ module provides 40 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for high-speed data transfer and low-latency communication between devices. This allows for large amounts of data to be transferred quickly, making it ideal for high-performance computing applications and large-scale data center environments.
- Scalability: The N9K-X9736PQ module is designed for use in large-scale data center environments, providing high-density connectivity for multiple devices. With 36 ports, the module can support a large number of servers, storage systems, and other network devices, allowing for easy expansion as needed.
- Flexible Configuration: The N9K-X9736PQ module supports a variety of connectivity options, including 40 Gigabit Ethernet, 4x10 Gigabit Ethernet, and 4x1 Gigabit Ethernet modes. This allows for flexibility in configuring the network to meet specific requirements.
- High Availability: The N9K-X9736PQ module is designed for high availability, with redundant power supplies and fans. This ensures that the module continues to operate even in the event of a hardware failure, reducing the risk of downtime and data loss.
- Ease of Management: The N9K-X9736PQ module is managed through the Cisco Nexus 9500 Series switch, which provides a centralized management interface for the entire network. This makes it easy to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot the network from a single location, reducing the time and effort required for network management.
General Information about this Cisco N9K-X9736PQ
- Manufacturer: Cisco
- Model Number or SKU# N9K-X9736PQ
- Product Name: Nexus 9500 ACI Spine Line Card
- Device Type: Expansion module
- Application/Usage: Data Networking
- Application/Usage: Optical Network
- Number of Total Expansion Slots: 36
- Expansion Slot Type: QSFP+
- Compatibility- Cisco Nexus 9500 Series Switches
In summary, the Cisco N9K-X9736PQ Nexus 9500 Series ACI Spine Line Card stands as a vital component in high-performance networking environments. With its 36 ports of 40 Gigabit QSFP connections, non-blocking architecture, and optical network expansion capabilities, it plays a crucial role in enhancing connectivity, scalability, and the overall efficiency of the network infrastructure.
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