Cisco Nexus Review

Helped us do an entire data center migration in under six months at reasonable costs

What is our primary use case?

We were doing a data center migration. We extended the network from the previous location to the new location. We had about 90% of the applications work seamlessly.

How has it helped my organization?

Cisco Nexus helped us do an entire data center migration in under six months. The solution allowed us to be able to do that under time and budget constraints.

What needs improvement?

For a very small subset, Cisco Nexus caused port flapping within the applications, which was weird. Call it an outage. It was one specific application, i.e. because of the way the application was routed through the switches which couldn't be handled that way. 

We had the good side because 90% of it works flawlessly. We didn't have to repeat IP everything. We didn't have to go through and take everything down. We just migrated it. But that one small subset went haywire.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of Cisco Nexus is excellent.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of Cisco Nexus is excellent.

How are customer service and technical support?

Cisco customer support is very good. We have very good technical support from Cisco. They get back to you in time, usually within four hours.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is straightforward. I'd like to see the firmware and code upgradability to be slightly more intuitive. We are buying a new line of data center products from Cisco.

What about the implementation team?

Our implementation and setup were directly from Cisco. The experience was very good. When we had a problem or needed them on the phone, they were right there.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Cisco Nexus at a ten. For the scalability, ease of use, and the way that we were able to deploy it to the data center: it worked. It was something very steady. 

Just go with it and make sure that you have your partners lined up.

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