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Cisco’s unified fabric innovations continue with their latest product announcement which brings greater scale and flexibility to meet requirements ranging from scalable data centers, Big Data/Hadoop environments and cloud-based architectures. Cisco announced the following products:


  • New Cisco Nexus 7009 with new Fabric 2 module and high density 10GbE Layer 2/3 F2 Series line card. The Nexus 7009 offers investment protection with support for all currently shipping Nexus 7000 I/O modules, Supervisor and power supplies.
  • Nexus 5500 now supports FabricPath technology bringing the stability and scalability of routing to Layer 2.
  • New Nexus 2248TP-E which has four times the buffers of the Nexus 2248TP.
  • The Nexus 3000 expands by delivering ultra low latency (sub microsecond), high density 40GbE (16 port 10G/40G) and copper (48 port 100Mb/1GbE) options.
  • Catalyst 6500 brings advanced VPLS (A-VPLS).

NetApp supports these new systems from Cisco. 

By combining Cisco’s Unified Fabric innovations with the NetApp Unified Storage Architecture, customers get more efficiencies and flexibility to meet enterprise IT challenges.  NetApp FAS and V-Series systems offer the simplicity of one storage architecture that supports both file and block storage protocols. These include Gigabit (Gb) and 10GbE, NFS, CIFS, iSCSI, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and 4Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel.  In addition, NetApp Unified Connect delivers data access using NFS, CIFS, iSCSI, and FCoE protocols concurrently over a shared network port using the NetApp unified target adapter.

Together, Cisco and NetApp enable customers to deploy a unified network solution providing IT efficiency at computing, network and storage layers.  For more information on the partnership, click here.


Mike McNamara


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