C-series Switches


Technical Specifications

Port speed

  • 16 Gb/s Fibre Channel
    10 GbE Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE)

Number of ports

  • (20 - 40) Fibre Channel
    (0 - 10) Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE)

Aggregate switch bandwidth

  • 536 Gb/s

Encryption capability

  • Data at rest encryption

Protocol supported

  • 4/8/16 Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gb Ethernet, iSCSI, FCIP

Availability features

  • In-service software upgrade, stateful processes restart, and redundant hot-swappable power supplies and fans, hot swappable SFP’s, and hot-swappable option modules

Form factor

  • 2U

Management features

  • Cisco MDS 9000 Family Command Line Interface (CLI)
    Cisco Data Center Network Manager
    (optional) HPE StoreFabric Data Center Network Manager License
    Integration with CiscoWorks Resource Manager Essentials (RME), support for Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM).

BladeSystem supported

  • No


  • Standard base configuration is 20 FC ports
    Max port configuration is (40) 16 Gb FC ports and (2) 10GbE storage service ports, (8) 10GbE Ethernet IP ports capable of supporting FCoE.

Models available

  • Base

Media type technology

  • SFP+, 2x transceivers, copper transceivers, 10GbE Transceivers

Software (required)

  • NX-OS 6.2 (7) or later

Software (optional)

20-port Fibre Channel port upgrade license, Enterprise package license
HPE StoreFabric Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) license