Software:Cisco NX-OS

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Cisco NX-OS
DeveloperCisco Systems
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelClosed source
Official websiteCisco NX-OS

NX-OS is a network operating system for the Nexus-series Ethernet switches and MDS-series Fibre Channel storage area network switches made by Cisco Systems. It evolved from the Cisco operating system SAN-OS, originally developed for its MDS switches.[1]

It is based on Wind River Linux and is inter-operable with other Cisco operating systems.[citation needed] The command-line interface of NX-OS is similar to that of Cisco IOS.[2]

Recent NX-OS has both Cisco-style CLI and Bash shell available. On NX-OS 7.0(3)I3, the output from uname with the -a command line argument might look like the text below:

$ uname -a
Linux version 3.4.91-WR5.0.1.13_standard+ (divvenka@sjc-ads-7035) (gcc version 4.6.3 (Wind River Linux Sourcery CodeBench 4.6-60) ) #1 SMP Tue Feb 6 12:43:13 PST 2018

Core features

  • System Manager (sysmgr)
  • Persistent Storage Service (PSS)
  • Message & Transaction Services (MTS)

Additional features

  • Fibre Channel and FICON
  • FCIP
  • FCoE (Nexus 5000/7000 linecards)
  • iSCSI
  • IPsec
  • Scheduling
  • NPIV NX Port ID Virtualization
  • Inter–VSAN Routing
  • VSAN
  • Zoning (Hard zoning)
  • Callhome
  • Cisco Fabric Services (distributed configuration)
  • SSH and Telnet
  • Storage Media Encryption
  • Port Channels
  • Cisco Data Mobility Manager
  • Fibre Channel Write Acceleration

Switches running NX-OS

  • Nexus B22 (HP, Dell, Fujitsu)
  • Nexus 9000 series
  • Nexus 7700 series
  • Nexus 7000 series
  • Nexus 6000 series
  • Nexus 5000 series
  • Nexus 4000 (for IBM BladeCenter)
  • Nexus 2000 series
  • Nexus 3000
  • Nexus 1000V
  • MDS 9700 FC Directors
  • MDS 9500 FC Directors[3]
  • MDS 9250i FC Switch
  • MDS 9222i FC Switch
  • MDS 9100 FC Switches

Differences between IOS and NX-OS

  • NX-OS does not support the login command to switch users.
  • NX-OS does not distinguish between standard or extended access lists, all lists are named and "extended" in functionality.[4]
  • NX-OS did not support scp server prior to 5.1(1) release.
  • In NX-OS, there is no "write" command to save the configuration like on IOS (one uses the "copy" command, instead). Instead, command aliases can be created to provide the "write" command.
  • When accessing NX-OS, users authenticate directly to their assigned privilege level.
  • SSH server is enabled while Telnet server is disabled by default in NX-OS.[5]


4.1, 4.2, 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 6.0, 6.1, 6.2, 7.0, 9.2, 9.3, 10.1

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