Cisco Nexus 3132 – (N3K-C3132 ) switches

Cisco Nexus 3132 series switches was announced in 2013.Based on BCM56850 StrataXGS® Trident2.

Here you can read about Cisco Nexus 3132 architecture.

  • 2.5-Tbps switching capacity (up to 5.12 Tbps для 3164Q)
  • Forwarding rate of up to 1.4 bpps (up to 3.8 bbps для 3164Q)
  • Line-rate traffic throughput (both Layer 2 and 3) on all ports

Popular question: Cisco N3K-C3132Q-40GE vs Cisco N3K-C3132Q-40GX vs Cisco N3K-C3132Q-XL
Cisco N3K-C3132Q-40GХ – This is a more recent hardware revision with the following differences (quote):
“The Cisco Nexus 3132Q-X is a minor hardware revision of the Cisco Nexus 3132Q. Enhancements include the removal of retimers, a different port layout, and the addition of an LED lane selector. The Cisco Nexus 3132Q-X also consumes 40 watts (W) less power than the Cisco Nexus 3132Q and has increased CPU performance.”
Cisco N3K-C3132Q-XL – this is a more recent hardware revision with increased memory and faster CPU (quote):
“The Cisco Nexus 3132Q-XL is a minor hardware revision of the Cisco Nexus 3132Q-X. Enhancements include an additional 4 GB of memory (for a total of 8 GB). The Cisco Nexus 3132Q-XL also has a 16GB of Logflash and 2.5-GHz CPU.”

The license is the only one – LAN Enterprise license (N3K-LAN1K9), opens access to the following features:

  • Advanced Layer 3 IP routing: BGP, and Virtual Route Forwarding lite (VRF-lite)
  • VXLAN
  • Policy-Based Routing (PBR

Here is a list of 4 models in N3K-3132 line, they have some difference in specifications:

Switch modelPorts layoutSystem memoryBoot flash
Cisco N3K-C3132Q-40GE32 QSFP+4 GB4 GB
Cisco N3K-C3132Q-40GX32 QSFP+4 GB4 GB
Cisco N3K-C3132Q-XL32 QSFP+8 GB8 GB
Cisco N3K-C3164Q-40GE64 QSFP+16 GB64GB SSD