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Product Line: Cisco Nexus 3000 Series
Product Type: Switch
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Product Description

The N3K-C3172PQ-10GE Cisco switch features 48 fixed 10 GbE SFP+ ports, 6 QSFP+ ports, and a 1.4 Tbps switching capacity, designed for high-performance computing environments. It supports up to 1 Bpps forwarding rate, 9216-byte jumbo frames, and a comprehensive routing table with 16,000 prefixes and 8,000 multicast routes. With dual redundant power supplies, a 4 GB memory, and a 12 MB shared buffer, this 1 RU form factor switch ensures efficient data flow and reliability in demanding network setups.

FAQs for the N3K-C3172PQ-10GE

  • Q: How many 10 GbE SFP+ ports does the switch have?
    A: The switch has 48 fixed 10 GbE SFP+ ports.
  • Q: What is the switching capacity of this device?
    A: The switching capacity is 1.4 Terabits per second (Tbps).
  • Q: How many QSFP+ ports are available?
    A: There are 6 fixed QSFP+ ports.
  • Q: What are the power supply specifications?
    A: The device has 2 redundant power supplies.
  • Q: How many management ports does the switch include?
    A: It includes one 10/100/1000 management port.
  • Q: What is the maximum forwarding rate?
    A: The maximum forwarding rate is up to 1 Billion packets per second (Bpps).
  • Q: What are the supported VLANs?
    A: The switch supports up to 4096 VLANs.
  • Q: How much memory is available?
    A: The device comes with 4 GB of memory.
  • Q: What is the form factor of the switch?
    A: The switch has a 1 Rack Unit (RU) form factor.
  • Q: How many Access Control List (ACL) entries are supported?
    A: It supports 4,000 ingress and 1,000 egress ACL entries.

Product Review

The Cisco N3K-C3172PQ-10GE offers a high-density configuration with 48 fixed 10 GbE SFP+ ports and 6 QSFP+ ports, catering to environments requiring extensive connectivity and bandwidth. However, its switching capacity of 1.4 Tbps and forwarding rate of up to 1 Bpps, while sufficient for many applications, might lag behind newer models designed for more demanding data throughput needs. The support for a wide range of features such as 4,096 VLANs, extensive ACL entries, and redundancy with dual power supplies in a compact 1 RU form factor, makes it versatile for various network deployments, but the power consumption and heat dissipation could be a concern in densely packed racks.


The Cisco N3K-C3172PQ-10GE is a 1 Rack Unit (RU) switch designed for high-density, high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking. This switch is equipped with 48 fixed 10 GbE SFP+ ports and 6 QSFP+ ports, providing a flexible and scalable network infrastructure suitable for a wide range of data center environments. With a switching capacity of 1.4 Tbps and a forwarding rate of up to 1 Bpps, it efficiently handles large amounts of data, making it an ideal solution for organizations looking to support high-bandwidth applications. In addition to its high-speed network capabilities, the N3K-C3172PQ-10GE features a single 10/100/1000 management port, one RS-232 serial console port, and one USB port, facilitating easy setup and management. The switch is also designed with redundancy in mind, featuring two power supplies to ensure continuous operation in the event of a power supply failure. Key hardware specifications include support for jumbo frames up to 9216 bytes, allowing for efficient data transfer and reduced overhead. The device can store up to 288,000 MAC addresses and supports up to 4096 VLANs, making it highly capable in large, complex network environments. The switch also supports up to 512 Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) instances and 64 Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) instances, enhancing network resilience and reducing network downtime. For security and network management, the Cisco N3K-C3172PQ-10GE offers 4,000 ingress and 1,000 egress Access Control List (ACL) entries. It also has a comprehensive routing table capable of handling 16,000 prefixes and 16,000 host entries, along with 8000 multicast routes, ensuring efficient routing and multicast traffic management. The switch supports up to 64 EtherChannels with up to 16 ports per EtherChannel, allowing for high levels of link aggregation and redundancy. With 4 GB of memory and a 12 MB shared buffer size, it efficiently processes and queues data, ensuring smooth operation even under heavy traffic conditions. The boot flash memory of 2 GB provides ample storage for the operating system and applications. Operating power consumption is 293 W, and the device operates efficiently within a wide range of AC and DC input voltages. Its heat dissipation is calculated at 488 BTU per hour, highlighting its energy efficiency. Designed to operate in environments with temperatures ranging from 0 °C to 40 °C, the Cisco N3K-C3172PQ-10GE is built to sustain reliable performance under various conditions.
  • 48 fixed 10 GbE SFP+ ports and 6 QSFP+ ports for high-capacity networking
  • Dual redundant power supplies for uninterrupted operation
  • Comprehensive security and network management features with ACLs and extensive routing capabilities
Overall, the Cisco N3K-C3172PQ-10GE switch offers a powerful, scalable, and reliable solution for modern data centers, supporting extensive network configurations and high-speed data transfer requirements.


Part Number and ManufacturerCisco N3K-C3172PQ-10GE
48 x 10GbE SFP+ Ports48
QSFP+ Ports Quantity6
Gigabit Ethernet Management Ports1
RS-232 Serial Console Ports1
USB Port Count1
Power Supply Units2 (Backup)
Device Size1 RU
Maximum Switching Capacity1.4 Terabits per second
Peak Forwarding Rate1 Billion packets per second
Maximum Frame Size9216 Bytes
Supported MAC Address Count288,000
Virtual LANs Support4096
Max Spanning Tree Instances512 (RSTP), 64 (MSTP)
Access Control List Entries4000 (Inbound), 1000 (Outbound)
Routing Table Capacity16,000 Prefixes, 16,000 Hosts, 8000 Multicast Routes
EtherChannel Support64
Ports per EtherChannel Limit16
System Memory4 GB
Buffer Memory12 MB Shared
Bootable Flash Memory2 GB
Operational Power Consumption293 W
AC Power Input100 to 240 VAC
DC Power Input-40 VDC to -72 VDC
Thermal Output488 BTU/Hour
Temperature Range for Operation0 °C to 40 °C

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