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New Training: Identify Cisco Nexus Hardware

by Team Nuggets
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Published on March 17, 2021

In this 11-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Jeff Kish covers the Nexus product family of data center switches. Gain an understanding of the Nexus 2000 Series, Nexus 3000 Series, Nexus 5000 Series, Nexus 7000 Series, and Nexus 9000 Series switches and components. Watch this new Cisco training.

Watch the full course: Cisco CCT Data Center

This training includes:

  • 11 videos

  • 59 minutes of training

You’ll learn these topics in this skill:

  • Introduction to Identify Cisco Nexus Hardware

  • Nexus 5000 Series Components

  • Nexus 2000 Series Components

  • Nexus 2000 Connectivity Options

  • Nexus 7000 Series Components

  • Nexus 7000 Models and Supervisors

  • Nexus 7000 Line Cards

  • Nexus 3000 Series Components

  • Nexus 9000 Series Components

  • Demystifying Nexus Product Numbers

  • Review and Quiz

Understanding The Differences Between Cisco Nexus Switches

The Nexus series family of networking switches made by Cisco was first introduced in January of 2008. Cisco introduced the Nexus line of switches with the Nexus 7000. Since the release of that switch, Cisco has grown the Nexus family of products to offer solutions for a variety of business use cases.

For instance, the Nexus 7000 series is a 10-slot chassis with two supervisor slots and eight I/O module slots. The Nexus 7000 series is a good option for larger trunks that need a lot of connectivity.

The Nexus 5000 series is a 1U or 2U rack-switch depending on which configuration is purchased. They are equipped with 20 to 96 different interface ports running at 1 or 10gbs. This series also includes FCoE capabilities.

On the other hand, the Nexus 2000 series is a 1U fabric extender. It can be used in conjunction with the 5000 or 7000 series. To this point, the Nexus 2000 series is not a standalone switch.

The Nexus line of products includes various pieces of hardware for different tasks. The products mentioned above are only three examples. You'll need to understand what options each product offers and when each product is best used for various use cases.

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