Cisco Nexus Review

A flexible and reliable solution to manage our data center, but it is very expensive and only scalable to a degree


What is our primary use case?

This solution manages our data center and is our core infrastructure switch. All of our firewalls and application servers terminate into the 5K.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is its flexibility. You can put different blades in it to give scalability, but it is older technology.

What needs improvement?

This solution is only scalable to a degree.

This is a very expensive product.

Areas in which the solution have room for improvement are the interface, management, and reporting. You still have to go deep into the CLI to find issues.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a very stable solution. I have a separate model, a 7K, that has been up and running for seven and a half years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of this solution is limited. You can only add so much hardware capacity to them, and because it's hardware based, you can't get the new features sets without putting new switches in.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is very robust. The Nexus line is the backbone of Cisco's data center. Anytime I have had to call technical support for anything, they have been able to assist us.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

As a solution reaches end-of-life you replace it. We're using the Nexus 5K right now, and we're probably going to start looking at the 9Ks as these reach end-of-life.

The hardware that existed pre-5K was replaced before I joined the company.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup took place before I joined the company.

What about the implementation team?

We used CBTS to assist us with our implementation.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solid, reliable solution, but it is very expensive and it can only scale to a degree.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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