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by Cisco
Product Line: Cisco Nexus Series
Product Type: Switch
Original price $286.00 - Original price $734.00
Original price
$286.00 - $734.00
Current price $734.00
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Product Description

The N2K-C2232PP-10GE is a Cisco Fabric Extender with 32 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet Ports SFP/SFP+ interfaces and supports up to 10 km distance connectivity with Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Switches. It features a hardware forwarding performance of 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps, operates with 2 AC power supplies, and maintains a fabric speed of 80 Gbps in each direction with a 4:1 oversubscription rate. Designed for efficiency and scalability, it supports Cisco NX-OS Software across multiple Nexus Series switches and operates within a temperature range of 0 °C to 40 °C, ensuring reliable performance in various operating environments.

Key Feature for the N2KC2232PP10GE

  • What is the maximum distance between the Fabric Extender and Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Switch?
    The maximum distance is up to 10 km.
  • How many power supplies does the device have?
    It includes 2 power supplies.
  • What type of airflow does the device support?
    The device supports standard airflow with the exhaust port on the side.
  • What is the input power requirement for the device?
    The input power requirement is 210 W.
  • How many Fabric Extender Host Interfaces are available?
    There are 32 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces available.
  • What types of Cisco Parent Switches are compatible with the device?
    Compatible Cisco Parent Switches include the Cisco Nexus 5500 Series, Cisco Nexus 6000 Series, Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, and Cisco Nexus 9000 Series.
  • What is the oversubscription rate?
    The oversubscription rate is 4:1.
  • What is the hardware forwarding performance?
    Hardware forwarding performs at 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps.
  • What software versions are supported?
    Supported software versions include Cisco NX-OS Software Release 4.2 (Cisco Nexus 5000 Series), Release 6.0 and later (Cisco Nexus 6000 Series), Release 5.2 (Cisco Nexus 7000 Series), and Release 6.1 (Cisco Nexus 9000 Series).
  • What are the physical dimensions and weight of the device?
    The dimensions are 1.72 x 17.3 x 17.7 inches, and it weighs 18.3 lbs.

Product Review

The Cisco N2K-C2232PP-10GE offers a high-performance solution with hardware forwarding at 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps and compatibility across multiple Cisco Nexus Series switches, supporting fabric speeds of 80 Gbps in each direction. However, its 4:1 oversubscription rate and a single fan design may limit scalability and raise concerns about cooling efficiency in high-density deployments. Additionally, the device's dual power supply and support for distances up to 10 km between fabric extenders and Nexus switches enhance its reliability and flexibility in various network architectures.


The Cisco N2K-C2232PP-10GE is a Fabric Extender designed to streamline data center management and operations. It functions by extending the network fabric from Cisco Nexus switches, including the 5500, 6000, 7000, and 9000 series, directly to servers and storage, simplifying network architecture and reducing cabling requirements. This device is equipped with 32 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet ports using SFP/SFP+ for versatile connectivity options, catering to demanding data center environments. Key hardware specifications include two AC power supplies ensuring redundancy and reliability for continuous operation. It also features a single fan for cooling, maintaining optimal performance by regulating the internal temperature effectively. The power supply type is AC, with a power intake of 210W, designed for efficiency and stability in energy consumption. The airflow direction is standard, with exhaust port side, ensuring effective heat dissipation. The Cisco N2K-C2232PP-10GE supports a fabric speed of 80 Gbps in each direction, accommodating high-speed data transfer requirements. It boasts a hardware forwarding performance of 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps, ensuring swift data processing and transmission capabilities. With an oversubscription rate of 4:1, it balances bandwidth availability and network efficiency. Compatibility with Cisco NX-OS software enhances its functionality. It supports various releases, including Cisco NX-OS Software Release 4.2 for the Nexus 5000 Series, Release 6.0 and later for the Nexus 6000 Series, Release 5.2 for the Nexus 7000 Series, and Release 6.1 for the Nexus 9000 Series. This compatibility ensures seamless integration and operational consistency across Cisco's Nexus range. Physical dimensions are 1.72 x 17.3 x 17.7 inches, with a weight of 18.3 lbs, making it compact enough for rack mounting while providing ample port density. Its operational temperature ranges from 0 °C to 40 °C, with a non-operating temperature tolerance between -20 °C and 70 °C. Humidity levels are maintained between 5% and 95%, ensuring reliable performance under various environmental conditions. It can operate at altitudes up to 10,000 feet, offering flexibility in data center locations. Key indicators on the device include system status, port status, locator LED, fan status, and power status, providing immediate visual feedback on the system's health and connectivity status.
  • Distance between the Fabric Extender and Cisco Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Switch can reach up to 10 km, facilitating flexible deployment scenarios.
  • 32 Fabric Extender Host Interfaces allow for extensive connectivity and network expansion capabilities.
  • Supports a wide range of operating conditions, ensuring reliability and durability in diverse data center environments.
In summary, the Cisco N2K-C2232PP-10GE is a powerful and efficient Fabric Extender that enhances data center network architecture by extending the capabilities of Cisco Nexus switches directly to endpoints. Its design emphasizes performance, reliability, and compatibility, making it an essential component in modern data center infrastructures.


Model Number N2K-C2232PP-10GE
Manufacturer Cisco
Gigabit Ethernet Ports Count 10
Power Supply Units Quantity 2
Fan Units Quantity 1
Power Supply Type AC
Cooling Airflow Direction Standard
Exhaust Location Port Side
Host Interface Ports on Fabric Extender 32
Interface Type for Host Connection 1/10 Gbps Ethernet SFP/SFP+
Rated Input Power 210 W
Maximum Distance to Nexus 5000 or 6000 Series Up to 10 km
Data Rate Through Fabric 80 Gbps Bidirectional
Network Oversubscription Rate 4:1
Data Processing Rate 800 Gbps or 595 Mpps
Compatible Cisco Switch Models Nexus 5500, Nexus 6000, Nexus 7000, Nexus 9000 Series
Supported Operating Systems NX-OS Release 4.2 for Nexus 5000, NX-OS 6.0+ for Nexus 6000, NX-OS Release 5.2 for Nexus 7000, NX-OS Release 6.1 for Nexus 9000
Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.72 x 17.3 x 17.7 inches
Unit Weight 18.3 pounds
Diagnostic Indicators System, Port, Locator LED, Fan, Power Status
Operational Temperature Range 0 to 40 °C
Storage Temperature Range -20 to 70 °C
Operating Humidity Range 5% to 95%
Maximum Operating Altitude 0 to 10000 feet

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