Nexus 7000 M1-Series 8-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Module

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Cisco Nexus 7000 M1-8

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Part #: Cisco Nexus 7000 M1-8
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Nexus 7000 M1-Series 8-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Module


  • N7K-M108X2-12L

The Cisco Nexus 7000 M1-Series 8-Port Module with XL Option is a cost-effective, highly scalable, high-performance module designed for mission-critical Ethernet networks. The module uses two M1-XL forwarding engines that feature a larger Forwarding Information Base (FIB). The module also supports a wide range of X2 optics, allowing deployment flexibility in various types of networking environment.

The Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches are a modular data center-class product line designed for highly scalable 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks, with a fabric architecture that scales beyond 15 terabits per second (Tbps), and is designed to support high-density 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet deployments. Designed to meet the requirements of the most mission-critical network environments, the switches deliver continuous system operation and virtualized pervasive services. The Cisco Nexus 7000 Series is powered by the proven Cisco® NX-OS operating system, with enhanced features to deliver real-time system upgrades with exceptional manageability and serviceability. Its innovative unified fabric design is purpose-built to support consolidation of IP, storage, and interprocess communication (IPC) networks on a single Ethernet fabric.

The Cisco Nexus 7000 M1-Series 8-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Module with XL Option has a number of features that are designed to enable flexible deployment and support for environments requiring the highest performance and a comprehensive feature set. With an optional Scalable Feature License, the module can operate in the enhanced XL mode, which enables use of the full forwarding table, essential for large-scale deployments such as Internet peering environments. This larger FIB table can support multiple copies of the full Internet route table for use in Internet-facing deployments with Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF) and virtual device context (VDC) support. The capability to operate in either non-XL or XL mode makes this module extremely flexible for many types of networking environments, without requiring a hardware module change or upgrade, and delivers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The 8-port module supports a broad range of optics, allowing deployment in various types of situations, from a long-reach intersite deployment over single-mode fiber (SMF) to short and medium reaches over multimode fiber (MMF) for data center and campus environments. The fabric interface on the 8-port module delivers 80 Gbps of bandwidth in each direction.

All Cisco Nexus 7000 M-Series I/O modules contain integrated forwarding engines. The M1-XL forwarding engines on the 8-port module are part of the Cisco Nexus 7000 M1-Series of forwarding engines. The M1-XL forwarding engine is based on the M1 engine, incorporating larger FIB and access control list (ACL) tables. The module is fully compatible with, and offers feature consistency with, all existing M1 modules.

Each M1-XL forwarding engine delivers up to 60 million packets per second (Mpps) of Layer 2 and Layer 3 IPv4 unicast forwarding or 30 Mpps of IPv6 unicast forwarding across all ports. The 8-port module has dual M1-XL forwarding engines and can deliver up to 120 Mpps of Layer 2 and Layer 3 IPv4 unicast forwarding or 60 Mpps of IPv6 unicast forwarding across all ports of a single I/O module. The distributed architecture, with forwarding engine integrated into each module, scales the forwarding performance of the chassis linearly by the number of I/O modules employed. The 18-slot chassis with sixteen Cisco Nexus 7000 M1-Series 8-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Modules with XL Option can deliver up to 1.92 billion packets per second (Bpps) of IPv4 unicast forwarding. Multicast forwarding is built into the I/O module performing egress replication.

The M1-XL forwarding engine also delivers ACL filtering, marking, rate limiting, and NetFlow with no effect on performance. Powerful ACL processing supports up to 64K entries per module in non-XL mode or 128K entries per module in XL mode, where entries can address Layer 2, 3, and 4 fields in addition to new Cisco metadata fields that employ security group tags (SGTs).

The Cisco Nexus 7000 M1-Series 8-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Module with XL Option offers exceptional security, with integrated hardware support for the Cisco TrustSec® solution. This includes line-rate data confidentiality, data integrity, and ACL processing for SGTs. Data confidentiality and integrity conform to the IEEE MAC security standard (IEEE 802.1AE [MACsec]). All eight ports on the module support the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) cipher, using a 128-bit key. New security ACLs are enhanced through hardware support for Cisco metadata headers capable of carrying SGTs. Security group ACLs (SGACLs) use SGT information to provide hardware-based enforcement of security policies. This capability removes dependencies on IP addresses, thus improving scalability and simplifying manageability.

The Cisco Nexus 7000 M1-Series 8-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Module with XL Option buffers data in virtual output queues (VOQs) before the data flows to the fabric. The data flow is controlled by a central arbiter on the supervisor module, using a credit-based buffer design. This architecture offers a lossless fabric that delivers quality of service (QoS) and fairness across all ports, even during congestion.

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Product compatibility • Supported in all Cisco Nexus 7000 Series chassis
• Supported Fabric-1 or Fabric-2 fabric modules
• Supported SUP1, SUP2 or SUP2E Supervisor modules
Software compatibility Cisco NX-OS Software Release 5.0 or later (minimum requirement)
Memory 2 GB DRAM
Front-panel LEDs • Status: Green (operational), red (faulty), or orange (module booting)
• Link: Green (port enabled and connected), orange (port disabled), blinking orange (faulty port), off (port enabled and not connected), or blinking green and orange in conjunction with ID LED blue (port flagged for identification; beacon)
• ID: Blue (operator has flagged this card for identification; beacon) or off (module not flagged)
Programming interfaces • Extensible Markup Language (XML)
• Scriptable command-line interface (CLI)
• Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) GUI
Network management Cisco DCNM 5.0
Connectivity 8 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet using X2 optics
Maximum port density 64 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet for 10-slot chassis and 128 ports of 10 Gigabit Ethernet for 18-slot chassis
MAC security All 8 ports have built-in IEEE 802.1AE MAC security and an AES cipher with a 128-bit key (requires a software license to enable)
Queues per port • Ingress: 8 queues and 2 thresholds (RX: 8q2t)
• Egress: 1 strict priority queue, 7 deficit-weighted round-robin (DWRR) queues, and 4 thresholds (TX: 1p7q4t)
Scheduler DWRR and shaped round-robin (SRR)
Port buffers • Ingress: 92 MB per port
• Egress: 80 MB per port
Jumbo frame support for bridged and routed packets Up to 9216 bytes
Performance 20 Mpps Layer 2 and Layer 3 IPv4 unicast and 60 Mpps IPv6 unicast
MAC entries 128K
VLANs 16,384 bridge domains and 4096 simultaneous VLANs per VDC
Policers 16,000
Switch fabric interface 80 Gbps in each direction (160 Gbps full duplex) distributed across up to five fabric modules
OIR Online insertion and removal
Physical dimensions • Occupies one I/O module slot in a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series chassis
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 1.733 x 15.3 x 21.9 in. (4.4 x 38.9 x 55.6 cm)
• Weight: 14 lb (6.4 kg)
Power Consumption • Typical: 520 watts (W)
• Maximum: 650W
Environmental conditions • Operating temperature: 32 to 104ºF (0 to 40ºC)
• Operational relative humidity: 5 to 90%, noncondensing
• Storage temperature: -40 to 158ºF (-40 to 70ºC)
• Storage relative humidity: 5 to 95%, noncondensing
Regulatory compliance • FCC Part 15 (CFR 47) (USA) Class A
• ICES-003 (Canada) Class A
• EN55022 (Europe) Class A
• CISPR22 (International) Class A
• AS/NZS CISPR22 (Australia and New Zealand) Class A
• VCCI (Japan) Class A
• KN22 (Korea) Class A
• CNS 13438 (Taiwan) Class A
• EN55024
• EN60601-1-2
• EN61000-3-2
• EN61000-3-3
• EN300 386
Environmental standards • NEBS criteria levels
• SR-3580 NEBS Level 3 (GR-63-CORE, issue 3, and GR-1089-CORE, issue 4)
• Telecommunications Carrier Group (TCG) Checklist
• ATT TP76200 level 3
• ETSI 300 019-1-1, Class 1.2 Storage
• ETSI 300 019-1-2, Class 2.3 Transportation
• ETSI 300 019-1-3, Class 3.2 Stationary Use
Safety • UL/CSA/IEC/EN 60950-1
• AS/NZS 60950
• GB4943


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