Cisco Nexus Review

Has the ability to grow into ACI and has rock solid stability

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution in our data center core. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is its ability to grow into ACI.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see some development into the SAE world where you can virtualize. That would be the only thing I would like to see because I need to start virtualizing my infrastructure gear at some of the other data centers that I have.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cisco Nexus has been very stable. No issues. It's been rock solid. We haven't had any issues with it in the last twelve months. It's been good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of this solution meets the needs that we have. The density of it is a lot higher than the 7Ks. It's good for us from that perspective. 

I could take two 7Ks that are 16-chassis, get it down into eight and have twice as much throughput. 

How are customer service and technical support?

The solution's technical support has been fine. We haven't had to use it much.

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

At this point, the newest solution was purchased out of necessity for end-of-life gear. It was a refresh. Our previous solution was 7K, 5K, 2K. 

The 2Ks and 5Ks were going end-of-life. We're starting to prepare for the 7Ks going end-of-life. We went with the Cisco Nexus 9K solutions because of this.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of the Cisco Nexus series is very straightforward. We didn't have any issues. 

We already had a 5K, 7K, and 2K environment. Going to the 9Ks was straightforward. We were experienced in the Nexus area. It wasn't anything new.

What about the implementation team?

Deployment was done by a supplier partner of ours, British Telecom. Our experience with them was good.

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

It's around $160K a year for our license.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have a management contract with Cisco. They are our managed service provider. We didn't have much of a choice.

What other advice do I have?

On a scale of one to ten, I rate this product a ten because of the stability. Stability is my biggest key right now. Cisco Nexus has been stable since it was implemented last year.

It's a good product. I haven't had any issues whatsoever. 

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