Cisco Nexus Review

High-end solution that offers excellent stability and technical support

What is our primary use case?

We are using the Cisco Nexus for switching. We use the product for LAN switching, overall switching, and for the data center.

How has it helped my organization?

We needed to invest in Cisco solutions because of the Cisco environment. To change that would require some additional learning from our resources. That would be a challenge.

With Cisco, you have the continuity. Upgrade changes have been very good.

What is most valuable?

We are a Cisco shop. We have continuity with Cisco, which provides a very high-end solution. Converting into digital services, we're in a position to provide lifecycle management.

What needs improvement?

In future releases, it would be good to have more management on those devices.

Cisco needs to provide more training.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability, from a civilian perspective, is excellent.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability depends on when there's no hardware available. We just add another rack and another switch. From an overall perspective, it's a very good product

How are customer service and technical support?

The TAC, i.e. the technical support for the product, is excellent. That's what Cisco is known for and that's why we like them.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before, we were all Cisco. Whenever there is a new product, we look at it.

How was the initial setup?

Setup is fairly straightforward. We are a Cisco shop. This is for a lifecycle upgrade from the previous generations, i.e. 3750/3850 to 9000. It's excellent. We are using the 3700.

What was our ROI?

The return of investment is excellent for the lifecycle. The support gives us a level where we are already in line with the future. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing is the area that we are working that's a challenge. With smart licensing, it's all new to us. It used to be, we purchased something and the license was IP-based.

With advanced services, you go in and add more depth or details to the license.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this product with an 8/10 because it is an excellent product but the licensing is the problem. Everything else is good.

I would get as much training as you can.

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