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Product Description

The DS-X9648-1536K9 Cisco module features 48 ports with a 32 Gbps port speed, designed for high-performance environments including virtualized servers and all-flash NVMe arrays. It operates within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C and supports a maximum operating altitude of 2,000 m, ensuring reliability across various conditions. Advanced functionalities are supported by the Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Software Release NX-OS 8.1, including VSAN, IVR, and advanced flow-based QoS, with programmability via multiple APIs such as Scriptable CLI and REST API, catering to diverse network infrastructure needs.

Key Feature for the DSX96481536K9

  • What is the port speed of the networking hardware?
    The port speed is 32 Gbps.
  • How many ports does the device feature?
    This device features 48 ports.
  • What are the dimensions of the hardware?
    The hardware measures 1.75 in. in height, 15.9 x 21.8 in. in width, and has a depth of 21.8 in.
  • What is the weight of the device?
    The device weighs 17.5 lbs.
  • Can you detail the operating temperature range for this device?
    The operating temperature ranges from 0 °C to 40 °C.
  • What storage temperature is recommended for this device?
    It is recommended to store the device at temperatures ranging from -40 °C to 70 °C.
  • What is the operating humidity range?
    The operating relative humidity range is 10% (Non-Condensing) to 90% (Non-Condensing).
  • What are the advanced functions supported by this device?
    Supported advanced functions include VSAN, IVR, Port channel with multipath load balancing, Flow-based and zone-based QoS, NPIV, and Inline analytics.
  • Is hot-swap support available on this hardware?
    Yes, hot-swap support is available.
  • What software version does this device operate on?
    This device operates on Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Software Release NX-OS 8.1.

Product Review

The Cisco DS-X9648-1536K9 module offers high bandwidth with its 32 Gbps port speed across 48 ports, catering efficiently to high-performance virtualized servers and storage arrays. However, its operating temperature range is limited to 0-40 °C, potentially restricting deployment in environments with extreme temperatures. Its compatibility with Cisco MDS 9700 Series and advanced functions like VSAN and IVR, along with hot-swap support and a wide array of programming interfaces, enhance its versatility in complex network setups.


The Cisco DS-X9648-1536K9 is a high-capacity, 48-port switch designed for integration into high-performance data centers. It supports 32 Gbps port speeds, facilitating efficient and swift data transfer rates that meet the demands of modern virtualized servers, as well as all-flash and NVMe storage arrays. This switch is housed in a compact form factor, measuring 1.75 inches in height, 15.9 x 21.8 inches in width and depth, and weighing 17.5 lbs, making it suitable for rack installations where space optimization is critical. Operating within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C and capable of being stored in temperatures from -40 °C to 70 °C, the DS-X9648-1536K9 is built to withstand diverse environmental conditions. Its operational reliability is further enhanced by its ability to function at up to 90% non-condensing relative humidity and to be stored at up to 95% non-condensing relative humidity. The switch can also operate at altitudes of up to 2,000 meters, ensuring its adaptability to various installation locations. Key hardware features include hot-swap support, enabling maintenance or upgrades without disrupting network service, and a console port for management. Its multipathing support ensures reliable fabric-based load balancing and data transfer paths, enhancing overall network efficiency and resilience. The DS-X9648-1536K9 is compatible with Cisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors and operates on the Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS Software Release NX-OS 8.1. This software platform offers advanced features and functionalities, including: - Fabric services such as Name Server, Login Services, Broadcast, Public Loop, Registered State Change Notification, and Fabric Configuration Server. - Advanced functions that include Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN), Inter-VSAN Routing (IVR), Port channel with multipath load balancing, flow-based and zone-based Quality of Service (QoS), NPIV, and inline analytics for enhanced network performance and management. The switch also supports programmable interfaces, including:
  • Scriptable Command-Line Interface (CLI)
  • Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) Web Services API
  • Cisco Prime DCNM GUI
  • Representational State Transfer (REST) API
These interfaces provide flexible management options, enabling network administrators to automate tasks, streamline operations, and integrate the switch into diverse network management systems. In summary, the Cisco DS-X9648-1536K9 is engineered for deployment in environments that demand high throughput, flexibility, and reliability. Its comprehensive feature set, combined with the Cisco MDS 9000 NX-OS software, makes it a versatile solution for managing complex, high-speed data center networks.


Item NumberDS-X9648-1536K9
Ports Quantity48
Port Capacity32 Gbps
Unit Height1.75 inches
Dimensions15.9 x 21.8 inches
Unit Depth21.8 inches
Product Weight17.5 pounds
Lowest Operating Temp0 °C
Highest Operating Temp40 °C
Lowest Storage Temp-40 °C
Highest Storage Temp70 °C
Operational Humidity Low10% (Non-Condensing)
Operational Humidity High90% (Non-Condensing)
Storage Humidity Low10% (Non-Condensing)
Storage Humidity High95% (Non-Condensing)
Max Altitude for OperationUp to 2,000 meters
Network ServicesName Server, Login Services, Broadcast, Public Loop, Registered State Change Notification, Fabric Configuration Server
Enhanced CapabilitiesVSAN, IVR, Port channel with multipath load balancing, Flow-based and zone-based QoS, NPIV, Inline analytics
Supported SoftwareCisco MDS 9000 NX-OS, Version NX-OS 8.1
APIsCommand Line Interface (CLI) scriptable, Cisco Prime DCNM for Web Services, Cisco Prime DCNM for GUI, REST API
Device CompatibilityCisco MDS 9700 Series Multilayer Directors
Path RedundancyFabric Based
Management PortRS-232 Serial
Intended UseFor high-performance virtualized servers, all-flash, and NVMe storage arrays

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