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May 16 2010   7:36AM GMT

NX-OS and Nexus rules the next generation Data Centers

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan



Since we all know Cisco Systems has introduced Nexus Switches and NeXt-generation Operating System (NX-OS). I was wondering how  am  I going to configure them in our expansion project? As we are expected to have Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000 and Nexus 2000 Series Switches.


Thanks to Cisco Press soon they are releasing a title NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching which addresses the operation, use and configuration of the NeXt-generation Operating System (NX-OS) for Cisco data center products.


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Currently the rough-cut pages of the title NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching are available. I just had a glance of some sample pages for some chapters.  The new title NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching has seven chapters


Chapter1: Introduction to Cisco NX-OS

Chapter 2: Layer 2 Support and Configurations

Chapter 3: Layer 3 Support and Configurations

Chapter 4: Multicast Configuration

Chapter 5: Security

Chapter 6: High Availability

Chapter 7: Serviceability

Chapter 1 deals with an Introduction to Cisco NX-OS and I liked the way sections covered in this chapter. The author starts with an overview of NX-OS and its advantages, some of the advantages of NX-OS are


Unified data center operating system

Robust and rich feature set with a variety of Cisco innovations

Flexibility and scalability




IPv4 and IPv6 IP routing and multicast features

Comprehensive security, availability, serviceability, and management features

Currently the NX-OS platform is supported by following platforms

Nexus 7000

Nexus 5000

Nexus 2000

Nexus 1000V

Cisco MDS 9000

Cisco Unified Communications Manager (UCS)

Nexus 4000


Overall this title seems to very interesting and useful for the Network Administrators who are exploring their skills in the world of NX-OS. Eagerly waiting for Cisco Press to release this title in book format until then keep enjoying the rough cuts.

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