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by Cisco
Product Line: Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches
Product Type: Switch Module
Original price $0.00 - Original price $298.00
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$0.00 - $298.00
Current price $298.00
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Product Description

The N9K-M12PQ is equipped with 12 QSFP ports, each capable of achieving a 40 G port speed, designed specifically for integration with Cisco Nexus 9300 switches. This module enhances network performance by providing high-speed connectivity options. It is ideal for environments requiring efficient, high-bandwidth data transmission.

Key Feature for the N9K-M12PQ

  • What is the total number of ports available on this networking hardware?
    The networking hardware features 12 ports.
  • Can I use the QSFP ports with Cisco Nexus 9300 switches?
    Yes, the QSFP ports are designed for use with Cisco Nexus 9300 switches.
  • What type of ports does this hardware have?
    This hardware is equipped with QSFP ports.
  • What is the port speed capability of the device?
    The device supports a port speed of 40 G.
  • Is this hardware compatible with non-Cisco switches?
    While specifically designed for Cisco Nexus 9300 switches, compatibility with non-Cisco switches depends on the switches' QSFP port specifications.
  • How does the port speed of 40 G benefit my network?
    A 40 G port speed enhances network bandwidth, supporting high-speed data transfer and improved network performance.
  • Can I connect this hardware to older network devices?
    Connection to older network devices is possible if they support QSFP technology; however, performance may be limited by the older device's capabilities.
  • What are the requirements for using this hardware with Cisco Nexus 9300 switches?
    Requirements include compatibility with QSFP ports and adherence to the 40 G port speed specification.
  • Are there any specific applications or environments where this hardware excels?
    This hardware is ideal for data centers requiring high-speed data transfer and connectivity between servers and Cisco Nexus 9300 switches.
  • How does the 12-port configuration benefit network design?
    A 12-port configuration allows for scalable connectivity options, accommodating multiple devices and facilitating efficient network expansion.

Product Review

The Cisco N9K-M12PQ module adds twelve QSFP ports to Nexus 9300 switches, enhancing connectivity with 40 Gbps port speed, suitable for high-bandwidth applications. However, its reliance on QSFP may limit flexibility for environments requiring varied port types without additional adapters. It seamlessly integrates into existing infrastructures, offering a straightforward upgrade path for network expansion.


The Cisco N9K-M12PQ module is designed to enhance the capabilities and performance of Cisco Nexus 9300 switches. This module offers a straightforward way to expand network capacity while maintaining high-speed connectivity and reliability. With its twelve ports, this module is an ideal solution for environments requiring high bandwidth and efficient data handling capabilities. Each of the twelve ports on the N9K-M12PQ supports QSFP (Quad Small Form-factor Pluggable) connections, which are essential for achieving the high data transfer rates necessary in modern networking environments. The QSFP ports allow for a versatile range of connections, supporting not just data center interconnects but also high-speed storage and server connections, making this module a flexible choice for a variety of networking needs. The port speed of 40 Gbps ensures that each connection can handle substantial data throughput, making the module particularly suited for applications that involve intensive data transfer or real-time high-definition video streaming. This high port speed is critical for maintaining efficient operations in data centers and for supporting the backbone of enterprise networks where latency and bandwidth limitations can significantly affect performance and reliability. - For Use With Cisco Nexus 9300 switches - 12 QSFP ports for high-density, high-speed networking - Each port supports 40 Gbps for high bandwidth applications Compatibility with Cisco Nexus 9300 switches means this module integrates seamlessly into existing network infrastructures, providing an easy upgrade path for networks requiring additional capacity or looking to improve performance. This integration is crucial for network administrators seeking to maintain a cohesive and efficient networking environment without the need for extensive configuration changes or system overhauls. The N9K-M12PQ module not only offers a significant upgrade in terms of data throughput and capacity but also supports a range of advanced networking features. These include high-performance data center interconnect capabilities, support for virtual extensible LAN (VXLAN) for network virtualization, and enhanced security features to protect against evolving threats. The combination of these features makes the module a comprehensive solution for expanding and upgrading Cisco Nexus 9300 series switches. In summary, the Cisco N9K-M12PQ is a powerful addition to the Cisco Nexus 9300 series, offering twelve high-speed QSFP ports with 40 Gbps capacity each. Its compatibility with Cisco Nexus 9300 switches ensures that it can be easily integrated into existing network setups, providing an effective way to increase network capacity, improve performance, and support advanced networking features for modern data center and enterprise environments.


Model Number N9K-M12PQ
Produced by Cisco
Port Count 12
Connection Interface QSFP
Transmission Rate 40 Gbps
Compatible Devices Nexus 9300 Series Switches

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