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Nexus 3000 Model Comparison & Licensing Options

The Nexus 3000 switches are part of the Cisco Unified Fabric architecture; they offer high performance and high
density at ultra low latency.

Get top-of-rack, Layer 2 and 3 switching

The Cisco Nexus 3000 Series offers low-latency, highly programmable, high-density switches. These compact fixed
switches are excellent for general-purpose deployments, high-performance computing (HPC), high-frequency
trading (HFT), massively scalable data center (MSDC), and cloud networks.

This product family consists of multiple switch models: the Nexus 3000 Series, Nexus 3100 Series, 3100V Series,
3200 Series and Nexus 3500 switches.

Series Models Features


• Suited for big data, cloud, and virtualization
3000 Series
• Wire-speed Layer 2 and 3 switching
• 10/100/1000 Mbps and 1/10-Gbps connectivity
• Highly programmable switches
3100 Series
• Suited for 1/10/40-Gbps densities at line rate
• 1/10/40-Gbps connectivity
• VXLAN routing and enhanced 16-MB buffer space
3100V Series
• High performance and scalability
• Suited for large apps, SP hosting, HPC, and cloud
• High density and 42-MB buffer
3200 Series • MACsec capable and telemetry for top notch security
• Highly programmable with comprehensive features
• 10/25/40/50/100-Gbps connectivity
• Lowest latency in the industry
3500 Series • Comprehensive features, including AlgoBoost
• Suited for HFT and HPC deployments
• 1/10/40-Gbps connectivity

Nexus 3000 Model

Cisco Nexus 3048


VXLAN Capability No
Openflow Support Yes
Cisco Nexus 3048
Rack unit (RU) 1
Switching capacity 176 Gbps
Interface Type 48 RJ-45 and 4 SFP+
Maximum 1 GE ports Up to 48
Maximum 10 GE ports 4
Maximum 40 GE ports 0
Switch latency 2.7 to 7.2 microseconds
Line-rate traffic throughput (both Layer 2 and 3) on all ports Yes
Redundant and hot-swappable power supply and fans Yes
Air flow Front-back and back-front

Compare Nexus 3100 Models

Cisco Nexus Cisco Nexus Cisco Nexus


Cisco Nexus 3172TQ Cisco Nexus 31128PQ
3132Q/3132Q-X 3164Q 3172PQ
In 7.0 train,
In 7.0 train, 7.0(3)I2(1)
7.0(3)I2(1) onwards
onwards
First version of support 7.0(3)I3(1) and later In 6.0 train, 7.0(3)I2(1) and later
In 6.0 train, 6.0(2)U3(1)
6.0(2)U2(4)
onwards
onwards
Virtual extensible LAN
Bridging Bridging Bridging Bridging Bridging
(VXLAN) capable
Openflow support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rack unit (RU) 1 2 1 1 2
Switching capacity 2.56 Tbps 5.12 Tbps 1.44 Tbps 1.44 Tbps 2.56 Tbps
96 Small Form Factor
48 RJ-45 and 6 Quad
48 SFP+ and 6 Pluggable+ and 8
Interface-type 32 QSFP+ 64 QSFP+ Small Form-Factor
QSFP+ Quad SFP+
Pluggable Plus (QSFP+)
transceivers
Maximum 1 Gigabit Ethernet
29 None 48 48 96
(GE) ports
Maximum 10 GE ports 104 256 72 72 96
Maximum 40 GE ports 32 64 6 6

Compare 3100V Models

Cisco Nexus 31108PC-V Cisco Nexus 31108TC-V Cisco Nexus 3132Q-V


Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)I4(1) Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)I4(1) Cisco NX-OS Release
First version of support
and later and later 7.0(3)I4(1) and later
Virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) capable Bridging and Routing Bridging and Routing Bridging and Routing
Shared Buffer Space 16 MB 16 MB 16 MB
Openflow support Yes Yes Yes
Rack unit (RU) 1 1 1
Switching capacity 2.16 Tbps 2.16 Tbps 2.56 Tbps
48 SFP 48 RJ-45
Interface-type 32 QSFP
6 QSFP/QSFP28 6 QSFP/QSFP28
Maximum 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) ports 48 48 29
Maximum 10 GE ports 72 72 104
Maximum 40 GE ports 6 6 32
Maximum 100 GE ports 6 6 0

Compare Nexus 3200 Models

Cisco Nexus 3232C Cisco Nexus 3264Q Cisco Nexus 3264C-E


Cisco NX-OS Release Cisco NX-OS Release
Cisco NX-OS Release
First version of support 7.0(3)IX1(2) and 7.0(3)I3(1) 7.0(3)IX1(2) and 7.0(3)I3(1)
7.0(3)IM7(2)
and later and later
VXLAN Capability Bridging Bridging Bridging
Openflow Support Yes Yes Yes
Cisco Nexus 3232C Cisco Nexus 3264Q Cisco Nexus 3264C-E
Rack unit (RU) 1 2 2
Switching capacity 6.4-Tbps 5.12 Tbps 12.8 Tbps
Interface Type 32 QSFP28 64 QSFP+ 64 QSFP28
Maximum 10 GE ports 128 128 128
Maximum 25 GE ports 128 n/a 128
Maximum 40 GE ports 32 64 64
Maximum 50 GE ports 64 n/a 128
Maximum 100 GE ports 32 n/a 64
Switch latency 450ns 515-700ns 450ns
Line-rate traffic throughput (both Layer 2 and 3)
Yes* Yes* Yes*
on all ports
Redundant and hot-swappable power supply and
Yes Yes Yes
fans
Port-side intake or port-side Port-side intake or port-side Port-side intake or port-side
Air flow
exhaust exhaust exhaust

*Packets greater than 250 Bytes

Compare Nexus 3500 Models

Cisco Nexus 3524-X/XL Cisco Nexus 3548-X/XL


In 6.0 train, 6.0(2)A6(1) and later releases.
First version of support 7.0(3)I7(3)
In 7.0 train, 7.0(3)I7(2) and later releases
Algo Boost-capable (NAT, Active Buffer Monitoring) Yes Yes
VXLAN Capable No No
Multicast NAT Yes Yes
Latency Monitoring Yes Yes
4 GB for X 4 GB for X
System Memory
16 GB for XL 16 GB for XL
Openflow support Yes Yes
Rack unit (RU) 1 1
Switching capacity 480 Gbps 960 Gbps
Interface-type 24 SFP+ 48 SFP+
Maximum 1 GE ports 24 enabled (48 max) 48
Maximum 10 GE ports 24 10G SFP+ ports. Additional 24 ports via license 48
Maximum 40 GE ports 6 12
Switch latency Sub-250ns Sub-250ns
Line-rate traffic throughput (both Layer 2 and 3) on all ports Yes Yes
Redundant and hot-swappable power supply and fans Yes Yes
Air flow Front-back and back-front Front-back and back-front

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Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series & 3500 Series Switches

The following table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 3500 Series switches.

Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 3500 Series Switches

Feature License Product ID Features


24 Port License Package 24-port license for the Cisco Nexus 3548 Series
N3548-24P-LIC
24P_LIC_PKG switch.
24 Port Upgrade License Package 24-port upgrade license for the Cisco Nexus 3548
N3548-24P-UPG
24P_UPG_PKG Series switch.
Feature License Product ID Features
Layer 3 Base Services Package
Layer 3 Base Services Package • EIGRP stub
N3548-BAS1K9
LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG • OSPFv2 (limited routes)
• PIMv2 (sparse mode)
Cisco Nexus 3500 Algo Boost License
Cisco Nexus 3500 Algo Boost License • Warp Mode
N3548-ALGK9
ALGO_BOOST_SERVICES_PKG • Warp SPAN
• Static NAT
Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package
• BGP and VRF-Lite (IP-VPN)
Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package
N3524-LAN1K9 • Applies only to the Cisco Nexus 3500 Series switches
LAN1K9_ENT_SERVICES_PKG
Note with 24P_LIC_PKG installed.
• Requires Base Services Package.

Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package


• BGP and VRF-Lite (IP-VPN)
Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package
N3548-LAN1K9 • Applies only to the Cisco Nexus 3500 Series switches
LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG
Note without 24P_LIC_PKG installed.
• Requires Base Services Package.

The following table lists the feature-based license packages for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series.

Feature-Based Licenses for the Cisco Nexus 3000 Series

Feature License Product ID Features


16-port upgrade license for Cisco Nexus 3172TQ
16 Port License Upgrade Package switches. This is the upgrade license to enable 16
N3K-16T-UPG
16P_UPG_PKG ports, and it can only be applied to N3K-
C3172TQ-32T.
32 Port License Package Default 32-port license for the Cisco Nexus 3172TQ
N3K-32X-LIC
32P_LIC_PKG switches.
16 Port License Upgrade Package 16-port upgrade license for Cisco Nexus 3164T
N3064T-16T-UPG
16P_UPG_PKG switch.
32 Port License Package
N3064T-32T-LIC 32-port license for Cisco Nexus 3164T switch.
32P_LIC_PKG
• EIGRP stub
• OSPFv2 (limited routes)
• PIMv2 (sparse mode)

The Cisco Nexus 3164Q, 31128PQ, 3232C, and 3264Q


Layer 3 Base Services Package
N3K-BAS1K9 switches and the Cisco Nexus 3100 Series switches in
LAN_BASE_SERVICES_PKG N9K mode run Cisco Nexus 9000 Series software and
Note follow the Cisco Nexus 9000 license model. Therefore,
these switches require the Layer 3 Enterprise Services
Package (rather than the Layer 3 Base Services
Package) to support routing protocols.

• BGP
• Policy-Based Routing (not supported on the Cisco
Nexus 3232C and 3264Q switches)
• Generic routing encapsulation (GRE) tunnels
Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package
N3K-LAN1K9 The Layer 3 Base Services Package license is a
LAN_ENTERPRISE_SERVICES_PKG prerequisite for the Layer 3 Enterprise Services Package
license on Cisco Nexus 3000 and 3100 Series switches,
Note
except the Cisco Nexus 3164Q, 31128PQ, 3232C, and
3264Q switches and the Cisco Nexus 3100-V Series
switches.

End-of-Sale Models

Cisco Nexus 3548 Switch

Cisco Nexus 3524 Switch

Cisco Nexus 3132Q Switch

Cisco Nexus 3064 Switch


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