What is the Cisco Cloud-Scale in the Nexus 9000 Switches?

As challenges become more diverse, Cisco offers customers a choice of custom application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and merchant silicon options in both modular and fixed form factors with flexible 1, 10, 25, 40, 50, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet port configurations. This flexibility offers investment protection and helps customers optimize their price-to-performance targets in their networking solutions for specific use cases and environments.

However, to address rapidly changing and increasingly complex hybrid data centers, customers should choose the Cisco Cloud Scale ASIC that powers the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series. This ASIC gives customers at least a two-year advantage in the functions they get compared to off-the-shelf silicon products, providing greater scalability, deeper analytics and visibility, and greater performance. Cloud Scale ASICs offer significantly greater scale and more features at an optimized price with capabilities that include segment routing, group-based security policy, network service headers, and full-featured Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) overlays.


• Smart buffers: Large buffers coupled with advanced algorithms address real-world network congestion problems more efficiently, resulting in better application performance.

• Deep telemetry and visibility: Full packet and flow capture provide pervasive application visibility, real-time analysis, and troubleshooting.

• Increased scale: Increased router table sizes and end-host scale support scalable containerbased deployments.

• Price optimized: Price optimized: Innovative application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) design delivers feature-rich switches with 25-Gbps and 100-Gbps price points at the cost of 10- and 40-Gbps.