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The Cisco Nexus 6004 switch is a critical component of the Cisco Unified Data Center architecture, complementing the existing Cisco Nexus Family of switches. The Cisco Nexus 6004 offers the industry's high 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet and Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) port density in a compact energy-efficient form factor, with integrated Layer 2 and Layer 3 features at wire speed and low latency of approximately 1 microsecond for any packet size. It runs the industry-leading Cisco NX-OS software operating system, offering features and capabilities that are widely deployed throughout the world.
The Cisco Nexus 6004 is a four-rack-unit (4RU) 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch offering wire-speed performance for up to ninety-six 40 Gigabit Ethernet ports or three hundred eighty-four 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (using Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable [QSFP] breakout cables) for Ethernet and FCoE traffic with an overall throughput of 7.68 terabits per second (Tbps). The Cisco Nexus 6004 also supports 1 gigabit connectivity using QSFP to SFP or Enhanced SFP (SFP+) adapters, offering customers additional flexibility. The Cisco Nexus 6004 offers eight line-card expansion module (LEM) slots to support a total of 96 ports of 40 Gbps throughput in a fully populated system. The Cisco Nexus 6004, through its extensible architecture, provides customers with a low-cost entry point for small-scale deployments. Thus, the Cisco Nexus 6004 chassis along with the LEMs offers incredible flexibility for scaling deployments, making it the only fully extensible fixed 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet platform in the industry.
The Cisco Nexus 6004 as a high-density 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet and FCoE platform can be deployed in multiple scenarios - direct-attach 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet server-access and high-density fabric extender aggregation deployments, leaf-and-spine architectures, and compact aggregation deployments - to build a scalable Cisco Unified Fabric across a diverse set of physical and virtual server environments in data centers.