Cisco Nexus Review

A powerful solution with good technical support

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as a core aggregated switch.

How has it helped my organization?

I can't say that it has improved our organization. We are moving away from this product because it is too much for what we have.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the power.

What needs improvement?

In the Nexus 3500, you can't do per-port Jumbo frames, so you have to enable it as a global configuration. This is a feature that should be added.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is pretty stable, although I had the power supply go down twice in this past year. We replaced it the next day in both cases. We do have bad power where we are, so that could be a factor.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scaling this product is on the pricey side. If you're a top-end enterprise company then you can scale it. You can stack it, or build a solution with redundancy.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate their technical support a nine out of ten.

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

We are switching away from this solution because it is too much for what we have. We will likely be dealing with CDW because they give us the best pricing. However, we have not chosen a replacement solution yet.

How was the initial setup?

I was not involved in the implementation of our current solution. However, I have set up Nexus switches before and it is is pretty straightforward.

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

The licensing fees for this solution are approximately $800,000 USD annually.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to anybody researching this solution is to really look at what you have. See if it actually fits into your environment. In our case, a previous employee chose this solution because we had the money. It was the biggest, top-tiered product. When I came in and took over the network, we realized that it is too much for what we have. We're just wasting money.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

9K, 3500
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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