Cisco’s new contender in the Nexus series is the Nexus 2232PP, which provides 32 10GbE Ethernet ports in one chassis. It is included with FCoE, and is far cheaper than the fully fledged Nexus 5000.

The new Nexus 2232PP provides you with the flexibility to use a cheaper solution rather than full-fledged 10GbE host connectivity. Nexus 2232PP FEX isn’t really targeted at the blade and data centers that receive 10GbE; they surely aren’t for every server!

In terms of the physical dimensions, it is 43.9 cm width, and has 45 cm depth, 4.4 cm height, and weighs about 8.3 kg. It works on 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and FCoE Data Link Protocols and comes with 8 x SFP+ (uplink) Auxiliary Ports, along with power, system, and port status indicators. It supports all the popular Network / Transport Protocols including UDP/IP, TCP/IP, and ICMP/IP, as well as Remote Management Protocols like RMON, SNMP 3, SNMP 2, and SNMP 1.

Looking at the salient features of the new Cisco Nexus 2232PP, it has auto-negotiation, flow control, uplink, and VLAN support, apart from IGMP snooping, and Syslog support. It works on Weighted Round Robin (WRR) queuing, and makes use of the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) support, Access Control List (ACL) support, as well as Jumbo Frames support. It is complaint with IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.1Q, IEEE 802.1p, and even the IEEE 802.1x, and IEEE 802.3ae standard, and comes along with 40 ( 40 ) x SFP+ expansion slots. It has a wide operation temperature range of 0-40 degrees, and it works with standard AC 120/230V (50/60 Hz) supply, and consumes about 270watts of power.

Perhaps not the ideal deal for all kind of web servers, but the Nexus 2232P is definitely a worthy choice for the commodity servers that have the 10GbE ports. More so, the combination of upstream Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches as well as the Cisco Nexus 2232PP 10G will turn out to be a cost-effective strategy at server access layer, and they will definitely reduce the TCO by a good margin.

This amazing fabric extender will be the ideal solution to cut short the footprint as well as the cabling costs, not to mention the unified FCoE and fabric access. This will also bring down the operating expenses, not just the capital expenditure!

The in-service software upgrades (ISSU), as well as Virtual Port Channel (vPC) and will increase resilience, while the virtual machine aware network services will greatly boost up the network capacity. Perhaps it was just the ideal time for Cisco to release such a product and offer the much needed flexibility to the commodity servers.

The new Cisco Nexyus 2232P fabric extender supports CISPR 22 Class A, EN 61000-3-2, VCCI Class A ITE, EN55022 Class A, BSMI CNS 13438 Class A, EN 61000-3-3, EN50082-1, EN55024, IEC 60950-1, EN 60950-1, ICES-003 Class A, UL 60950-1, EN 61000-6-1, RoHS, EN300-386, and AS/NZS 60950-1, formats.