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Jul 30 2011   6:31AM GMT

Key differences between a Nexus 7010 and 7018 Switches – Series 1

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

We all know the introduction of Nexus 7000 Series brought the revolution to Data Centers; Nexus 7000 Series Switches are quite different from the traditional Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches.  Nexus 7000 Switches comes in two models the Nexus 7010 a 10-slot switch and Nexus 7018 an 18-slot switch. The key difference between the Nexus 7000 Series Switches and Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches is the Nexus 7000 Series Switches does not run on Cisco IOS software rather they on run NX-OS, a Linux based operating system derived from SAN-OS. As we proceed I will discuss some of the key features of NX-OS.

Some of my friends asked me what are the differences between a Nexus 7010 and 7018 Switches, thought of covering their questions over this post.

The first difference is the size and weight.   The Nexus 7010 is 36.5″ (92.7 cm) tall and can weigh up to 235 kg (516 lb) whereas the Nexus 7018 is 43.5″ tall (110.5 cm) and can weigh up to 316 kg (696 lb) fully loaded.  The Nexus 7010 Switch is a 21 RU switch whereas the Nexus 7018 is 25 RU Switch. Never ever think of installing two Nexus 7010 Switch in a single rack as two fully loaded Nexus 7010 can constitutes up to half a ton of weight which any Data Center raise floor or rack cannot withstand. So you need to be quite careful and aware when the designing the space layout for Nexus 7000 Series Switches. I would recommend Panduit Net-Access 7018 Cabinets which are specially designed for Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches.

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