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Cisco Nexus 9300 replacement as Nexus 5696Q (FC,FCOE question)

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cisco has announced nexus 5696Q as eos/eol

and has replaced 2 nexus 9K switches as the replacement.

we are looking for nexus 9k switches for the following usage:


1- As a parent switch (Fex aggregation ) for nexus 2348UPQ , which nexus 9k ports are 40/100G

2-  Supporting native FC

3- Supporting FCOE


Any Help?

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Dear @Sergiu.Daniluk 

Dear Sergiu,

Thanks for your help.

According to Cisco's EOS EOL webpage on Nexus 5696Q, it has announced 2 replacements for it:


The 2 models are:

1- N9K-C9364C-GX              (Nexus 9K ACI & NX-OS Leaf/Spine, 64p 40/100G QSFP28)

2- N9K-C93360YC-FX2         (Nexus 9300 w/ 96p 1/10/25G, 12p 100G, MACsec capable)


So , for using these 2 as parent switches of 2K FEX, none of them support this feature.

What would be the other choices of replacing the Nexus 9300 with N5K, as cisco has announced it will be EOS EOL May 2021.

because we wan to have at last the features that we had before on the Nexus 5696Q.


Will Cisco give these features later on the above products as it has recommended to replace with N5696Q?



Hi @Sergiu.Daniluk 

and Thanks

This is what i saw on the "Cisco Nexus 9300-FX2 Series Switches Data Sheet" page

Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2


Cisco Nexus 93240YC-FX2


Cisco Nexus 93360YC-FX2


Cisco Nexus 93216TC-FX2


LAN and SAN Convergence

◦     Fibre Channel[2] and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) N-Port Virtualization (NPV) support enables the network administrator to control domain IDs and points of management on a Fibre Channel network as it scales. This feature enables LAN and SAN converged networks on a lossless, reliable Ethernet network.


[2] Capabilities to enable both switch mode and NPV mode for FC and FCOE is on software roadmap.
This means that we it will be provided on these models in the next NXOS releases?
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