Network layer The VxBlock System 1000 network layer consists of switches responsible for management, routing, and storage communication. Child TopicsData network routing topology VxBlock System 1000 supports two routing topology configurations, depending on where Layer 3 traffic is routed. One configuration uses Layer 3 routing protocols and the other uses Layer 2 links. The two configurations are explained in the following list: Management network layerThe management network layer of the VxBlock System 1000 includes at least one pair of Cisco Nexus 31108TC-V management switches. Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX Switch The Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX Switch is a data plane that provides 48 10/25 Gb/s SFP+/SFP28 ports and six 40/100 Gb/s QSFP/QSFP28 uplink ports. Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX Switch The Cisco Nexus 93180LC-EX Switch is a data plane switch that provides 24 40 Gbps QSFP ports and six 40/100 Gbps QSFP/QSFP28 uplink ports. Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 Data Plane Switch (Gen 3)The Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 Switch provides 36 40/100-Gbps QSFP28 ports and can be used for the ToR network and for more switch pairs to support Isilon connectivity. Cisco Data Center Network ManagerCisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) provides a central point of management for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series and Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches used in the VxBlock System 1000. Vscale Architecture and ACI readiness The VxBlock System 1000 is designed with Dell EMC Vscale Architecture and Cisco ACI compatibility in mind. VMware NSX factory integrationVMware NSX is an option for VxBlock System 1000. Storage network layerTwo Cisco MDS switches/directors make up two separate fabrics to provide 16 Gb of FC connectivity between the compute and storage layer. Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch The Cisco MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch provides 12 to 48 line-rate ports for non-blocking, 16 Gbps throughput. Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switch The Cisco MDS 9396S 16G Multilayer Fabric Switches provide 48 to 96 line-rate ports for non-blocking, 16 Gb/s throughput. Cisco MDS 9706 and 9710 Multilayer DirectorsCisco MDS 9706 and 9710 Multilayer Directors are modular directors that provide greater scalability than the fixed SAN switches.