Cisco Nexus 5596 SAN switch

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Networking

Cisco Nexus 5596 SAN switch

Recently I have started using the Cisco Nexus 5596 SAN switch, although I am generally quite used to cisco MDS switches range, I have not really used the nexus san range of switches. The Cisco Nexus 5596 SAN switch costs considerably less than the Cisco MDS 9509 and it has many more features, with one exception, IVR. This is not available on the Nexus 5596 and there are no future plans to include it.


Each port on the Cisco Nexus 5596UP switch is numbered, and groups of ports are numbered based on their function. The ports are numbered top to bottom online casino and left to right. The 48 fixed ports support 8-, 4-, 2-, or 1-Gbps Fibre Channel transceivers and 1- or 10-Gigabit Ethernet transceivers.

The Cisco Nexus 5596UP switch is a 2RU 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and FCoE switch offering up to 1920 Gb/s of throughput and up to 96 ports. The switch has 48 unified ports and three expansion slots. Unified ports support traditional Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet. Connectivity options include FCoE, and 1/2/4/8 Gb Native Fibre Channel.

For and Against Nexus 5596

  • For
    • Occupies 2u of rack space
    • No oversubscription rate (all ports can run at 8Gb uncontended)
  • Against
    • New management tool DCNM fabric manager
    • No IVR

Both Cisco 5596 and 9509 SAN switches are manageable from SAN DCNM Fabric Manger.

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