What is most valuable?
The blade module feature which provide the scalability for site expansion.
How has it helped my organization?
A Cisco Network Structure consisted of 3 Layers (Core, Distribution & Access). We used the FWSM (Firewall Services Module) to route the traffic and as a gateway to get to the WAN. As a result, we were able to collapse the Core Layer into the Distribution Layer with a few blade modules (FWSM, SUP & Ethernet).
What needs improvement?
A FoE module would be imminent in the future. This module can communicate with storage devices' and ESXi Servers' HBA (fiber) connection via fibre channel switches (Brocade or Cisco MDS). This can provide a cost effective method in a data center environment without upgrading to a more advanced Cisco Nexus core switch.
For how long have I used the solution?
What was my experience with deployment of the solution?
The power supply requires certain sockets and UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply). Each device should require a designated UPS for it. The UPS should not be shared with other devices. An improper termination of the switch's power supply cased a power surge and took out a SUP module during an annual power test.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
No extraordinary issues. Just minor day-to-day issues.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
The Chassis can run out of slots as the environment expand further along.
How are customer service and technical support?
Customer Service: Great but Cisco outsources its customer support services to India since most of our issues and outages occurred after hours. Some support technicians have a heavy Indian accent which led to difficult comprehension and time consumption.Technical Support: 4.5 out of a 5 since Tech Support personnels are very knowledgeable of the product.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
No, I have not due to our contract agreement with Cisco.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup consist of the right personnel to set up and administer the product.
What about the implementation team?
All implementation were completed by in-house team members.
What was our ROI?
Centralized administration and reduced time consumption.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
The SUP (Supervisor) module can provide up to 720 GBPS of data transmission compared to a stackable Cisco 3750 switches.
Which other solutions did I evaluate?
Yes, the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series core switches.
What other advice do I have?
No further comments.