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by Cisco
Product Line: Cisco Nexus
Product Type: Switch
Original price $0.00 - Original price $3,138.00
Original price
$0.00 - $3,138.00
Current price $3,138.00
Title: Used

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Product Description

The N9K-X9536PQ features 36 40G QSFP ports and requires 4 fabric modules to achieve its maximum bandwidth performance of 2.88 Tbps/2.86 Bpps. It supports up to 128,000 Longest-Prefix-Match (LPM) routes, 208,000 IP host entries, and 160,000 MAC address entries, with a packet buffer of 104 MB. Designed for high capacity and scalability, it offers up to 4096 VLANs, 1000 VRF instances, and supports 10,000 tunnel endpoints and VXLAN physical servers, all within a 11.99 lbs chassis with a power consumption between 360 W to 400 W and an MTBF of 608,000 hours.

Key Feature for the N9K-X9536PQ

  • What is the maximum performance capability of this networking device?
    The device delivers a maximum performance of 2.88 Tbps/2.86 Bpps.
  • How many 40G QSFP ports does the device have?
    It has 36 40G QSFP ports.
  • Is the device capable of supporting a high number of VLANs?
    Yes, the device supports up to 4096 VLANs.
  • What are the requirements for achieving maximum bandwidth on this device?
    Four fabric modules are required to achieve maximum bandwidth.
  • Can the device handle a large number of IP host and MAC address entries?
    Yes, it can handle up to 208,000 IP host entries and 160,000 MAC address entries.
  • What is the packet buffer size of the device?
    The packet buffer size is 104 MB.
  • Does the device support Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)?
    Yes, it supports up to 1000 VRF instances.
  • How many fabric modules does the device require for maximum bandwidth?
    The device requires 4 fabric modules for maximum bandwidth.
  • What is the Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) for this device?
    The MTBF for the device is 608,000 hours.
  • Is the device hot-swappable and RoHS-6 compliant?
    Yes, it is both hot-swappable and RoHS-6 compliant.

Product Review

The Cisco N9K-X9536PQ switch offers high performance with a capability of 2.88 Tbps/2.86 Bpps, supported by a substantial packet buffer of 104 MB, catering to demanding networking environments. However, achieving maximum bandwidth requires the installation of four fabric modules, which could be seen as a limitation for setups with space or budget constraints. Additionally, its extensive support for up to 128,000 LPM routes, 208,000 IP host entries, and 160,000 MAC address entries, along with the capacity for 10,000 tunnel endpoints and VXLAN physical servers, makes it highly versatile for complex network architectures, though the need for such extensive capabilities may not be necessary for all network deployments.


The Cisco N9K-X9536PQ is a high-performance network module designed for advanced data center deployments. This module is specifically engineered to meet the demands of high-density, high-bandwidth applications, providing a foundational component for modern networking infrastructure. The N9K-X9536PQ comes equipped with 36 40G QSFP ports, enabling substantial throughput and connectivity options for a variety of networking requirements. Key to achieving its full performance potential, the module requires the installation of four fabric modules, which together enable the system to reach a peak performance of 2.88 Tbps and 2.86 billion packets per second (Bpps). This high level of performance is supported by a 104 MB packet buffer, which aids in managing traffic spikes and ensuring smooth data transmission across the network. The device is capable of handling a significant number of routing and network configurations. It supports up to 128,000 Longest-Prefix-Match (LPM) routes and 208,000 IP host entries, making it suitable for large-scale operations. Additionally, the module can accommodate up to 160,000 MAC address entries, facilitating extensive device connectivity within the network. The versatility of the N9K-X9536PQ is further highlighted by its support for 4,000 to 32,000 multicast routes, with the range depending on the usage of Virtual Port Channels (VPC).
  • Supports up to 4,096 VLANs, ensuring comprehensive network segmentation and security.
  • Can host up to 1,000 Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) instances, providing efficient network traffic management.
  • Allows for the configuration of up to 512 port channels and 32 links per channel, facilitating redundancy and increased bandwidth.
Moreover, the module offers enhanced network monitoring and management capabilities with support for 4 to 32 active Cisco SPAN sessions, allowing for detailed traffic analysis. It also supports a robust range of instances for various protocols, including up to 64 MST instances, up to 507 RPVST instances, and up to 490 HRSP groups. For advanced network architectures, it can manage up to 10,000 tunnel endpoints and VXLAN physical servers. Weighing 11.99 lbs, the N9K-X9536PQ is designed for ease of integration into existing data center racks. It operates within a typical power consumption of 360 W, with a maximum of 400 W, ensuring efficient energy use. The module boasts an impressive mean time between failures (MTBF) of 608,000 hours, highlighting its reliability and durability. Additionally, it features hot-swappable capability, minimizing downtime during maintenance or upgrades. Airflow is managed with a port-side intake design, ensuring effective cooling even under heavy operational loads. The module also complies with RoHS-6 standards, underlining Cisco’s commitment to environmental sustainability. In summary, the Cisco N9K-X9536PQ is a powerful and efficient solution for data centers requiring high-density, high-speed networking. Its extensive feature set and superior design make it a versatile choice for organizations looking to enhance their networking infrastructure.


Part Number and Manufacturer Cisco N9K-X9536PQ
Interface Quantity 36 40G QSFP Ports
Fabric Units for Peak Throughput 4
Throughput/Capacity 2.88 Terabits per second/2.86 Billion packets per second
Memory for Packets 104 Megabytes
Max LPM Routes Up to 128,000
Max IP Host Entries Up to 208,000
Max MAC Address Entries Up to 160,000
Multicast Route Range 4000 to 32000 (With VPC), 8000 to 32000 (Without VPC)
IGMP Snooping Group Range 4000 to 32000 (With VPC), 8000 to 32000 (Without VPC)
Max VLANs Supported Up to 4096
Max VRF Instances Up to 1000
Max Port Channels Up to 512
Max Links per Port Channel Up to 32
Active SPAN Sessions Range 4 to 32
Max MST Instances Up to 64
Max RPVST Instances Up to 507
Max HSRP Groups Up to 490
Max Tunnel Endpoints/VXLAN Servers Up to 10,000
Device Weight 11.99 pounds
Standard Power Consumption 360 Watts
Peak Power Consumption 400 Watts
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) 608,000 Hours
Module Replacement Feature Hot-Swappable
Cooling Direction Port-Side Intake
Compliance RoHS-6 Compliant

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